Product Type: Jif Baking & Ingredients
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a squeeze of lemon
Jif Lemon Juice
Member Name: europe-chick
Jif Lemon Juice
Advantages: perfect substitute for the real thing
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.
Summary: a squeeze of lemon
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