The Better Half and I stripped all of the fruit from our lemon tree a couple of days ago. The lemons are in a bin outside, ripening and awaiting their ultimate fate.
First, many of them will be distributed to neighbors and a local charity for cooking and other uses as they see fit. Second, the balance of them will be have their rinds stripped and steeped in spirits with the ultimate fate to become a key ingredient for this years limoncello production. The stripped and squeezed lemons will become lemon juice frozen into ice cube trays initially and when frozen to be bagged in the freezer and removed piecemeal when lemon juice is needed for The Better Half’s various recipes.
We will be bottling the limoncello to give to friends and family in the coming months. When we travel, we always carry a few bottles for distribution since the USPS forbids shipping alcoholic products in regular mail. The other carriers (UPS, etc.) have bizarre rules which are also prohibitive in shipping this golden nectar.
Needless to say, there are always several bottles we keep here for our own use and potentially as gifts to our visitors. C’mon down to warm, sunny Arizona and claim yours!