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      25.03.2013 16:08
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      A great way to always have lemon juice for your recipes.

      ===The Product===

      Realistic looking yellow plastic lemon just over 4 inches long.
      Has nobbly surface like the real thing and 'Jif real lemon juice' embossed on the side.
      Has small flip up cap and hole for liquid to squirt out.
      Has dark green paper 'collar' to resemble leaves.
      Made with concentrated lemon juice.
      55 mls and made by Coleman's of Norwich.
      Lemon Juice with Preservative (E223).



      ===Cost===

      Jiff lemon 55 mls - 20p
      250 ml glass bottle - 85p.



      ===My Opinion===

      The little Jif plastic lemons have been around since the 1950s and I can remember how fascinated I was with them when we had them at home in the 60s.
      Jif lemon is normal strength lemon juice with a preservative added. It can be bought in the little lemons for 20p or in larger bottles.
      Fresh lemon juice is obviously the best but often you will need just a tiny amount of juice and do not want to use a whole lemon, or you may find you do not have any at home.
      Having one of these little lemons in the fridge on standby is a great addition to your cooking ingredients.
      My husband uses the lemon juice in curries, but of course only a little at a time.
      Once opened the 'lemon' should be kept in the fridge but it is so small and cute that it takes up hardly any room anyway.
      Lots of people only use these Jif Lemons for pancakes on Shrove Tuesday but as well as using them for that I also like to keep one to use for emergencies with honey for sore throats and colds - when the last thing you feel like doing is going out to the shops for fresh lemons.
      If you eat fish you can put a squirt of lemon on them and you can also use some lemon juice in salads. Also when baking as hubby likes doing various cakes for his mother and some lemon is often a nice addition to either the cake or the icing and filling.
      For using in recipes 2 tablespoons of Jif lemon is equivalent to the juice of one lemon. Obviously if you use lots of lemons on a daily basis it makes more sense to buy the fresh fruit but there will often be times when you do not have them and if you only need a few squirts of juice then having one of these cute little lemons in your fridge or cupboard is a great emergency supply.
      As well as being useful in recipes and cooking lemon juice has many uses when cleaning around the house and obviously Jif lemon can be used for these purposes too.
      Apparently Jif were never able to patent their little lemon shaped container (this was because a mark that is a symbol of the goods or services it promotes does not qualify for registration) and ended up having to take an American firm to court and eventually the House of Lords in 1990 as this other firm was also selling juice in a lemon container which people would have assumed was Jif - but was not - the only difference being that the lid was green. Jif won their case.



      ===Star Rating===

      5 stars.



      ===Would I Recommend?===

      Yes.



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      17.06.2012 11:06
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      Nice lemon juice, highly recommended

      Even since childhood, I have had by far a greater preference for sour things as opposed to sweet things. Lemons have, for some time, been one of my favourite fruits; also a welcome addition to a variety of recipes. However, even with a citrus juicer, it can be difficult to obtain a satisfactory amount of juice just from one lemon; this could also often be time consuming and quite hard work too! So I settled for a solution that meant that I could still satisfy my slightly bizarre lemon cravings without half the amount of usual hassle- Jif Lemon Juice.

      Compared to the average price of four lemons for a pound (but of course the prices do vary from place to place and from brand to brand), I believe that Jif Lemon Juice is quite good value for money. Prices per bottle do tend to vary from different supermarkets; but you can obtain a bottle for aroud the one pound mark. Each bottle, I would say, can last me up to a month; and this is coming from somebody who tries to include generous helpings of lemon on everything possible. Also, having the juice inside a handy little bottle means that it can be used as little or as much as necessary without causing too much concern about keeping each lemon fresh. Also, there is the nice bonus of not having to deal with annoying lemon seeds popping up all over the place. Altogether, this product is very practical and I find that it is by far easier to use than real lemons.

      I cannot really find any fault in the taste at all; it tastes just like real lemons. However, having your lemon juice all bottled up can have its disadvantages. For example, even though earlier I mentioned the fact that this Jif Lemon Juice tastes just like real lemons, some may be disconcerted by the fact that you are using pre-squeezed lemon juice instead of fresh juice, squeezed on the spot. I do not find this to be of great consequence but I do recognise that some would prefer to use fresh fruit instead. Also, using ready squeezed lemon juice means that you do not get the added bonuses you would receive if you were to use a fresh lemon- for example the rind,which can be a nice flavouring to use and is good when making homemade lemonade. Using it for recipes, especially lemonade recipes, can be found to be problematic; for example if it asks for a specific number of lemons.

      Just a few out of the many things of which Jif Lemon Juice can be used for:

      * You can simply drink it as a refreshing, albeit quite bitter, fruit juice. A spoonful a day can really brighten up your day. If lemon juice is too sour for you, a touch of sugar should sweeten it up considerably.

      * Use it in baking; for example, you can add a zesty touch to some previously plain biscuits or make a delicious lemon sponge cake. You can add it to anything really; it can be used to add a sour twist to icing.

      * You can use Jif Lemon Juice to make lemonade. Homemade lemonade is many times nicer than the carbonated lemon flavoured water that they typically sell in supermarkets.

      * This lemon juice can be used for flavouring your everyday cooking; for example as a salad dressing. Also, you can combine it with some crushed garlic and a variety of different spices (I am sure there are many recipes on the Internet) to make a delightful Peri Peri sauce, perfect as a sauce to accompany almost any meal.

      *ADD (28/05/13) In this current hayfever season I have been advised to have some lemon to reduce the symptoms, so I have a bit of this a day, and be it a psychological effect or not, I think it's working!

      Altogether, Jif Lemon Juice has been one of my better purchases, and I still frequently pop back to the supermarket in order to get some more. It is a simple product, but one of which can go so far. It saves you from a lot of hassle whilst still being able to retain the lovely taste of fresh lemony goodness; all I can really ask for from a bottle of presqueezed lemon juice, really. With its good price and good quality of juice, I would recommend it and feel that this product has deserved its five dooyoo stars.

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        17.03.2012 21:32
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        Jif Lemon:

        Who hasn't heard of Jif Lemon? From the iconic green bottle or the even more iconic plastic lemon bottle to the adverts advising us to "not forget the pancakes on Jif Lemon Day" it's a brand I am sure most of us are aware of!

        I always used to go for the 55ml plastic lemon bottles as I found them kitsch and a bit fun but I noticed that sometimes the lids (quite flimsy flip lids) didn't provide an airtight seal and as a result the contents didn't last so well even to the point of mould! I now go for the green and yellow 250ml bottles and whilst they're not as cute as the lemons they do seal properly and last months.

        Currently the price for Jif lemon seems a bit strange with the 55ml plastic lemons on sale for 79p at Tesco or 20p at Asda; neither of their websites has prices for the 250ml bottles currently, I believe they are sub £1.00 though which makes the bottles much better value for money too.

        In my opinion nothing beats fresh juice but the quality of Jif is the next best thing as it's not always possible to have fresh lemons lying about. The juice is very pale and runny and has a bitter lemony flavour as you would expect. Fresh lemon juice varies not only in quantity but also in taste and quality whereas with Jif you are getting a consistent product which can be beneficial in baking. To achieve this consistency and the shelf life Jif lemon is made from concentrate and contains preservatives.

        Jif lemon is not something you are likely to have on it's own but instead something you will use as an ingredient. There are a great many uses for Jif lemon from cleaning grease and cleansing bites and nettle stings to lemon cakes and curries and the obvious stuff like pancakes and honey and lemon. It's something I would always want to have in my cupboard.

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        17.03.2012 13:32
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        Useful product to have!

        Today I am going to review Jif Lemon Juice. The lemon juice comes in either a 75ml or a 250ml bottle.

        I have the 250ml and I have to say that it lasts absolutely ages - months which is good. Whilst it is not really something we use regularly in our house, it is the kind of thing you miss if you haven't got it and so it's good to have a bottle in the cupboard.

        The juice is a pale-ish yellow in colour and is quite runny. It does have little bits in it.

        I love this lemon juice on pancakes (along with syrup and sugar), it really compliments the other flavours. I also like to add it to cakes (if I'm making lemon cakes). I have also been known to add it to hot water as a morning drink.

        One thing that I like about the lemon juice is how fresh it seems. It's really 'fresh' and 'sour' tasting - exactly like real lemons. I'm sure that if you had to guess which one was from a fresh lemon and the other from the bottle you would have great difficulty.

        This lemon juice is great because it saves mess - it's much easier to get this bottle out, rather than spend time chopping and squeezing lemons. It also saves money - one bottle priced at around £1 will last months, anyway, think of all the lemons you would need to buy in order to get the same amount of juice that you get in this bottle. This juice won't go off like real lemons either.

        This juice does contain preservatives and so it is probably better for you to use real lemon juice, but this is so much easier. It saves money, time and effort.

        You can store it in the cupboard or fridge. Personally, I always store it in the cupboard (have never stored it in the fridge) and it's always ok in the cupboard.

        I would definitely recommend this Cif Lemon Juice.

        Thanks for reading!
        March 2012
        Xdonzx / xd-o-n-z-x

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        15.03.2012 15:50
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        A classic product.

        Lemon juice isn't really a neccesity in my household, however it's nice to know that there's a bottle in the cupboard incase we do need some for whatever reason, whether it be for baking -lemon drizzle cake isn't the same without some jif lemon juice mixed into the icing!, making a drink - water with a tablespoon of lemon juice does wonders for the digestive system & doesn't taste bad either.. or even health - lemon juice promotes healing and is an anti bacterial. It's handy stuff to have and Jif is a brand i've been familiar with since I was a kid - I can remember it making an appearence in our kitchen every pancake day and it's a good quality, original kind of product which is always my first choice as it's a brand i'm familiar with and know that the quality is of a good standard.

        Jif lemon juice can be purchased from any supermarket and comes in a range of sizes - 75ml or 250ml. The 75ml version comes in a plastic, lemon shaped container while the 250ml version comes in a green glass bottle with a label wrapped around it with all the information including ingredients and nutrition written on it. The lid screws off and has a protective seal which is easy to break. Price wise, it's around 75-85pence per 75ml and around 85pence per 250ml so the bottle is much better value although I think the reason why the plastic containers is more expensive is because the manufacturers know that a majority of people will find it quirky and prefer it over the bottle.

        This lemon juice is from concentrate and also contains preservatives. It can be used for a variety of things but i'd say the main thing that I use it for is cooking - it's very versatile. I love it mixed with olive oil then drizzled over a salad, and it's also nice mixed with tuna, pepper and mayonnaise. Another obvious food that the juice goes well with is pancakes. The lemon juice itself has the consitency of water and is an off-yellow colour. It has quite a strong scent which doesn't smell very fresh to be honest, it has an almost metallic, strange smell however it tastes okay so the smell isn't too much of an issue. It's a bitter taste with no sweetness at all (on its own) but when mixed with sugar or something else it really adds that extra bit of flavour to a meal.

        I also love to have a mug of honey and lemon (the drink) whenever I feel down and with a tablespoon of this it transforms a cup of water into a lovely, healthy, lemony cup of refreshing goodness - lol. Per 15ml tablespoon contains just 4 calories and 0.3 grams of sugar which I don't think is bad at all. This is a handy thing to have handy for when I need a bit of extra flavour to a meal and it's also affordable. Storage wise I just keep it in my cupboard, and it's been in there for around 5 months now and it tastes fine and hasn't gone off. It can also be stored in the fridge. Overall, reccomended - a versatile and good quality product.

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        15.03.2012 00:43
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        Recommended.

        Jiff Lemon Juice is just one of those things that you absolutely have to have in your fridge because it's just a staple ingredient that can be used so much in cooking and in drinks. I'm never really without a bottle and although I only add a splash here and there, it does make all the difference. It may be a little cliche but I do feel that it's absolutely best use is on freshly made pancakes with a little sugar, but it's also good to add a splash in a glass of Coke or even to add a dash to a chicken casserole. A bottle, which contains 250mls is fairly cheap, and I recently bought a bottle from my local garage (it can be bought anywhere!) for just 73p - and it will last me at least a month, if not longer.

        The Jiff comes in a free glass bottle and it has a cap with can be twisted off. It has a stopper with a whole in the top of the bottle and so it's possible to only put splashes of the lemon onto / into things and there isn't any chance of accidentally putting too much in. It has a very sour taste, as you would expect from lemon, but I really can't tell the difference between this and freshly squeezed lemons - except you're guaranteed not to get any pips in this. It's a smooth texture without any bits in it which I guess gives away the fact that it's not authentic freshly squeezed lemons, but to me the taste is the same.

        Overall, I would recommend this product just to have in the fridge so it's there when you need it. It's much more convenient than squeezing lemons and makes much less mess!

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        17.02.2012 12:13
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        a squeeze of lemon

        Feeling in the pancake mood, I've just reviewed Betty Crocker 'shake to make' pancake mix, so I thought that i'd follow it with Jif lemon, the perfect topping for those pancakes!

        I always have either a bottle or a 'plastic lemon' of Jif lemon juice in my fridge. More often than not it's the plastic lemon, I know that the bottle is usually much better value for money, but I just prefer the quirkiness of the yellow plastic lemon!
        The plastic lemons are currently on offer in Sainsburys with 33% off, down from 70 pence to 52 pence. They seem to have a lot of offers on pancake day themed items at the moment.

        The little yellow plastic lemon contains 55ml of lemon juice, it's just concentrated lemon juice, with preservative added to enable it to last. Once opened you need to store it in the fridge and it will last up to 6 months. You do just need to give it a gentle shake before using it. To use just open the flip top and squeeze the body of the lemon, it's a quite a small hole so a fine spray comes out, it doesn't pour out.

        I have tried other versions of concentrated lemon juice but I haven't found them to be as good, none of them seem to have the same intense lemony taste and smell that Jif lemon does, and they all seem quite watery in comparison. If a recipe calls for the juice of a lemon then you will need to use 2 tablespoons of Jif lemon juice, obviously you can tailor that to your individual taste. I find that 2 tablespoons is too much, I use 1.5 tablespoons instead, this is proably because Jif lemon is quite intense. I've made the same recipes with both freshly squeezed lemon juice and Jif lemon juice, and I can honestly say that there is no difference in taste whatsoever.

        Jif lemon has tonnes of uses; there's the obvious - a good squirt over pancakes, in salad dressings and sauces, over fish and seafood, in place of freshly squeezed lemon juice in recipes, in baking and icings, in cocktails, all sorts of thing really.

        I think that Jif lemon is so handy to have in the fridge, even if you do prefer to use fresly squeezed lemon juice, there will always be that occasion when you've forgotten to buy lemons, so having a little yellow plastic Jif lemon in the fridge will mean that you can just use this instead.

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          03.06.2010 11:52
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          Great to keep in stock

          I try to use fresh lemons wherever possible but Jif Lemon juice is a must have in my fridge all the year round, it is so handy and will keep up to 6 months after opening, this is so useful as sometimes I get to mid week and want to make a recipe that requires lemon juice and don't have any fresh lemons in and this is where my handy little bottle of jif comes in.


          You can use Jif lemon juice in anything that you would normally use a fresh lemon for even in drinks and I particularly like it as you don't have to use a lemon squeezer or have to pull out the pips from everything. The taste is great too I can't really tell the difference between fresh lemons and Jif lemon juice. The only drawback is that Jif lemon juice does have preservatives (E223) so if I do have fresh lemons in the refrigerator I would choose them over this for consumption purposes.


          One of my favourite uses in the summer for Jif lemon juice is to make a homemade salad dressing, with finely chopped garlic, olive oil, lemon juice and a little salt and store it in the refrigerator, that recipe can also be used to brush over meat, chicken or fish before grilling as well. I also put the bottle on the table as a condiment when we have fish so the family can drizzle a little on themselves if I don't have any fresh lemons in stock.


          Jif Lemon juice is very versatile it has limitless uses as well as being used in cooking, it makes a great cleaning product too; I soak the teaspoons in a little lemon juice overnight it will easily remove the tea and coffee stains. Also if the microwave smells especially after cooking fish in it, a little diluted lemon juice put in a cup and placed in the microwave for 90 seconds will take away the smell and leave the microwave smelling fresh again. For cleaning purposes I would choose Jif Lemon juice over fresh lemons it will do the same job, work out cheaper and the E numbers do not matter.


          You can buy Jif lemon juice in most supermarkets current price around 72p for a 250ml bottle. You can also buy Jif lemon juice in a delightful little plastic lemon shaped container which you squeeze but this works out more expensive at around 59p per 55ml and contains the same preservatives (E223.) Jif lemon juice must be refrigerated after opening.

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            07.04.2010 21:04
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            A great little bottle, always handy to have in!

            We always have a bottle of this jif lemon juice in our cupboards. My boyfriend likes to take a fruit salad to work with him everyday as he is on a diet and trying to be more healthy. He has always hated the fact that if he makes the fruit salad the night before, or even in the morning before work, the apple, pear and banana always goes brown!

            He looked up a solution to this problem and was recommended to pour a bit of lemon juice over the fruit and this would stop it going brown! I can tell you that this deffinately works! After making the fruit salad we just sprinkle a small amount of lemon juice over all the fruit, and he no longer has horrible tasting brown apples!

            I was worried this would make the fruit taste of lemons, but it doesnt, unless you put too much in and end of with a pool of lemon juice at the bottom of your tub, you wouldnt even know that lemon juice had been poured on it!

            Other uses for this lemon juice are for pancakes. My boyfriend loves this lemon juice on his pancakes, and i do also like to use this lemon juice for cleaning! I got lots of tips from kim and aggie after watching how clean is you house?

            To clean your mircrowave with this lemon juice you just add four teaspoons to a bowl full of boiling water. Put this bowl in the microwave and heat for 5 minutes. You wipe your microwave clean after doing this, and is comes up so squeaky clean, and smells lovely.

            You can also use lemon juice to sooth colds. You just add lemon juice, honey and hot water to a mug and drink, i dont particularly like this drink, and cant drink it myself but it supposed to work if you can drink it!

            This lemon juice has so many uses, im not going to list them all on here, but it is just so useful to have a bottle in the cupboard! I buy this bottle for roughly 66p in the supermarkets, sometimes asda has an offer on them, 2 bottles for £1 which is a bargain. The lemon juice comes in a 250ml glass bottle, and it is easy to pour. A generous amount comes out easily when you pour it, not too much, and you dont have to really shake the bottle to get it out.

            There is 6 months date on these bottles of lemon juice, we go through a bottle a month so this is more than enough! Once you have opened the bottle, you are supposed to refridgerate it, but we never do. We keep it in the cupboard and it doesnt go funny, it is fine.

            A 15ml serving of this lemon juice only has 4 calories! So it is a nice healthy treat for pancakes!

            This bottle of lemon juice is highly recommended, i wouldnt be without a bottle in my cupboard!

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            16.03.2010 10:49
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            A great store cupboard must have!

            Jiff Lemon Juice.


            Jiff lemon juice has to be one of the most useful items in my kitchen cupboard. It has such a wide range of uses and is one thing that if I haven't got it in I always find I need it at some crucial time.


            It comes in a small green glass bottle containing 250ml with a bright yellow plastic twist off cap and yellow labels, so is quite distinctive and easy to find on the shelves.



            ~~~ Uses ~~~

            First thing in the morning a glass of hot water with a couple of sprinkles of lemon juice helps to clear your system and kick start your metabolism, so is fantastic if you are on a detox, or just trying to lose a bit of weight generally.


            It is also used in cooking, baking cakes, a topping on your pancakes etc etc.


            Another way I use it is to mix it with a little bit of vinegar and hot water and put it into a spray can (like the sort you get for spraying your roses in the summer) and using the mixture as a cleaning product for all your household cleaning. It is perfect for cleaning sinks, baths and loo's etc, leaving then visibly squeaky clean, and is just brilliant on your windows leaving you with no stains or smears. Please keep in mind though not to let it anywhere near fabrics because obviously with the high acid concentrate this would do a lot of damage to fabrics. Use only on surfaces that could take bleach as its cleaning product. It is also the best thing to use if you are keen to help the environment, as you are only using pure, natural products that contain no harsh chemicals or CFC gasses.


            It is also lovely to use mixed with extra virgin olive oil and herbs to make delicious salad dressings, but my favourite use is to add a squirt to my gin and tonic while relaxing on a night in front of the tv, lol.


            It tastes and looks just like any lemon juice, not quite as fresh tasting as the real thing, but in 9 times out of 10, within its general use you would not know the difference.


            I do appreciate that it is not as good as the real thing but it does come a very close second ...... it is a great substitute and much more convenient than keeping a fridge load of lemons in the house for the occasional use. It is also a lot less messy than the real thing too.



            ~~~ Cost and availability ~~~

            This can be found at all good supermarkets on the cake/baking aisle
            usually for around 75p for a 250ml bottle. It also comes in a little lemon shaped plastic squeezable container too, but this only contains 55g and is usually more expensive because you are paying more for the shape of the product, so I tend to stick to the green bottle version and save some pennies.


            All in all a very versatile and handy to have around store cupboard item!



            Thank you for reading my review and I hope you found it interesting.

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              The one thing I always have in my cupboard is Jif lemon juice. I never go for a cheaper alternative because with Jif I know that I'll get good quality each and every time I use it and after-all, all it really contains is concentrated lemon juice and some preservative in it and no added seasoning, sweeteners or sugars or owt. It is what it is and that's lemon in liquid form basically!

              The Packaging:

              Well you can buy it in a green glass bottle of in the squeezy lemon shaped mould form (which was designed by a bloke in a factory in Leicester by all accounts lol) and this is the one I always buy simply cos i like it to look at lol.

              So mine in the bright yellow plastic lemon which actually has the feel of a real lemon due to the texture of it and down the side of it in raised letters I'm told that it is Jif Real Lemon Juice and the best before date is clearly stamped on it in black ink. To one end of it there is a flip top lid concealing a small hole and to the top and over that there is a dark green label (that appears like leaves) and on that I'm told again what it is and that it is manufactured by Coleman's, the size is stated (which in this case is 55g) and ingredients and nutritional information is stated. Really nice packaging that is easy to squeeze and informative enough.

              The Lemon Juice Itself:

              Runny and thin it has a cloudy but light yellow colour to it. It smells of lemons and really is tangy and citrusy to the taste. Remember this contains no added sugar so it's rather sharp but you can of course add your own sweetness to it if you desire.

              Great used within baking, Chinese stir fry's, on top of pancakes whatever really as it really does add a pungent taste of lemons to things!

              I like this and I have tried other versions of this type of product and to me this is simply the best!

              This is widely available in all good supermarkets and I bought mine in Asda and it cost me 65p! It lasts ages too cos it's concentrated, so economical this really is!

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                A baking essential

                I love baking- it's fun, satisfying, and, what's more, you get something delicious (well, hopefully!) out of it at the end. A surprising number of cake recipes have lemon in them, and I've been thwarted many a time by not having a lemon to hand for that particularly delicious recipe I was hoping to make. Which is why I invested in a bottle of Jif.

                This wasn't an investment on a large scale- a 250ml bottle of this cost me a mere 72p from Sainsburys, not bad considering you'd pay nearly as much for 2 lemons. This also comes in a plastic lemon if you like that kind of thing, but that was nearly the same price as the bottle for just 55g, so I went for the less novel version.

                The bottle is made of green glass, with a yellow twist-off cap, so it looks very vibrant and fresh. The blurb on the front informs you that this is 'natural strength lemon juice', whilst the side states that it's 'made with concentrated lemon juice'. Hmmm, all a bit confusing, but I'm guessing they used concentrated lemon juice to make it, then diluted it to natural strength. The ingredients are lemon juice (surprise surprise) and preservative (E223), so be warned- this isn't an all natural product.

                The juice inside looks very much like ordinary lemon juice- pale yellow, thin and watery. It doesn't smell particularly lemony, but has a very mild and slightly manufactured smell to it.

                The instructions for use are simple- substitute the juice of one lemon for two tablespoons of Jif. Pouring out the lemon juice into the spoon is easy- once you've removed the cap, the juice comes out of a small opening, with a round end (for pouring a little out) and a thin end (for getting drops out one at a time). It's good to have such control, as tipping a load of extra lemon in by accident could seriously scupper your cake! The dropper side is particularly useful for sprinkling this juice on pancakes or over a salad to zing it up a bit.

                I've never had any problems using these guidelines. Using 1 tablespoonful of this in cooking instead of the juice of half a lemon gives just the right amount of flavour. The flavour itself is very lemony- tangy and vibrant, although I do think it lacks a bit of the kick you'd get from a fresh lemon. This is particularly noticable when you use this on its own (as opposed to in a recipe) for panckes etc- it tastes slightly mellower than fresh lemon juice would, and not quite as natural. Still, it's pleasant enough, and will quickly liven up sauces or dressings with its citrussy taste.

                In an ideal world, I'd use real lemons all the time, but it's not really practical to keep a stash of lemons in the fruit bowl for the odd recipe. Plus, it always seems a bit of a waste juicing a lemon, then throwing away the rest of it. Despite lacking the intense zestiness of fresh lemon juice, this is really useful to have in, and it can be stored conveniently in the fridge for a good few months once open, which means that getting through the bottle is no trouble. This is well worth the cost, and has saved me from many a culinary catastrophe, so I'd definitely recommend it. although I have knocked a mark off for the slight reduction in flavour.

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                  Lemon Juice Without The Stress Of Juicing A Lemon!

                  It's pancake day on Tuesday and we always make sure we get the Jif lemon in because we're pretty boring in this house and sugar and lemon juice is our fave topping. I say we get the Jif lemon in for pancake day but really we've ALWAYS got Jif lemon in the house because it's as good as fresh lemon juice for cooking and squirting on fish!

                  A bit off topic but if they had to change Jif cleaning stuff to Cif because it means w**k or something in Japanese why haven't they changed this one???

                  Anyways, Jif lemon. It's just wicked stuff, a splash on some haddock before you cook it will bring the flavour out brill and you can also use it on fish you've already cooked instead of cutting a lemon up and squeezing it! lol I learned to love Jif when I was a mad nail biter, squeezing a slice of lemon over my scampi was murder because I bit my nails so bad my fingers used to bleed! lol

                  You can get Jif in the bottle you can see in the picture above or the traditional lemon shaped plastic bottle. We've got the glass bottle at the minute because it works out at better value but I reckon I'll grab a lemon shaped one for pancake day because it's more fun!

                  You can use it for cooking and when a recipe tells you to use 1/2 a lemon there is a way that you can work out how much of this to use, it's dead easy if the recipe says so-many teaspoons of lemon juice because you just measure this one out the same.

                  You're not going to have this on it's own so I won't go into mad detail about the taste. It's just like fresh lemon so it's sour and would deffo make you puke if you tried drinking it out of the bottle! The only ingredients are lemon juice and preservatives so it's not exactly a natural product but it's convenient and saves a load of effort when it comes to juicing lemons.

                  When you've opened the bottle it will keep for 6 months, if you try and use it after that it goes mega cloudy and smells funny as well so I'd replace it soon instead of later.

                  Recommended.... my dad said I HAVE to write "It's Jif Lemon Day", he won't explain himself so I hope you understand his ramblings better than I do! lol

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                  11.11.2009 18:28
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                  Great product

                  For those lemon fans, this is a must have for pancake day for pouring large quantities of it all over those pancakes, or the main use for me is using in cooking Lemon flavoured cakes, using the lemon juice in mixing with the icing sugar for a lemon flavoured topping.


                  ~~The Product~~

                  The Jif Lemon Juice comes in a range of sizes and containers, one is as shown in the picture above which contains 250ml of the juice and comes in a green glass bottle, it costs in the range of £1.00 and can be bought from most if not all of the major supermarket brand stores. The other style of Jif Lemon Juice available on the market is the classic Lemon shaped squeezy plastic container which contains 55ml of lemon juice and in my own experience is not as good value as the glass bottle. The cost per unit quantity is much higher for the lemon shaped plastic bottle due to the novelty value, costing 65p from Tesco and only giving you slightly more than 20% the quantity of the 250ml glass container.


                  ~~Uses~~

                  The Jif Lemon juice is mainly an ingredient for use in cooking and baking, and has a limited use on its own, however, the classic use for it is on the top of pancakes and for use with seafood dishes or on top of your fish and chips. Its use in baking is to add a hint of lemon flavouring within cakes and tarts, and for this purpose it fits the bill well, the only additive on top of lemon juice is preservative to extend the shelf life which is great as you don't have to keep a constant supply of fresh lemons in your larder.


                  ~~Overall~~

                  Overall, Jif Lemon Juice is a fantastic product allowing you to have fresh lemon juice without having to buy lemons. It is a product that I like to always have a supply in my cupboard as you never know when it will come in handy. I would recommend this product and will definitely buy it again in the future. I give Jif Lemon Juice a Dooyoo rating of 5 stars out of 5.

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                  23.08.2009 12:12
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                  If you don't want to squeeze lemons yourself, Jif is a great alternative.

                  Pancakes are great. You can have savoury or sweet ones, with a whole host of different toppings. Best among them in my view is sugar with a dash of humble lemon juice.

                  Jif lemon juice is the best that you can get without actually going to the trouble of squeezing a lemon or two yourself. It has a lovely sharp flavour - not that you should drink it neat, that would be silly! It comes in a fetching and distinctive yellow and green bottle which is easy to spot on the shelf.

                  It's not a one-trick pony, though; Jif can make a tasty addition in foods besides pancakes. It goes especially well with fish dishes, and can also be used as a neutralising agent if you put too much spice in your food - a few splashes and the spiciness of your food is reduced a bit, which is very useful if your hand slips while putting chilli powder into something!

                  The only downside is the price. While it's not shockingly expensive, at 72p per bottle, you may wish to go for one of the many cheaper alternatives that are out there. But the quality of the juice more than makes up for it.

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