On our last airplane trip – flying Jet Blue, I think – we were given packets of crystallized lemon with our drinks. Neither Chris nor I had ever seen “True Lemon” before and we thought it was an exciting find. It’s essentially the preserved equivalent of a lemon wedge in a packet, without much in the way of extra chemicals or sugar or sodium. This would be a great addition to a bug-out bag or the 72-hour emergency supplies, we thought. They last such a long time. Once back home I ordered a 100 count box (100 packets @ $8.33, or .08 per packet/wedge) from Amazon. That’s not appreciably more than the price of a fresh lemon, actually. So, if you want to cross one thing off your list toward earthquake or hurricane emergency supply preparedness, get some packets of this stuff in the house.
Their verbiage, from the box:
• Made from lemon
• 100% natural ingredients with no artificial sweeteners, colors, sodium or preservatives
• Each packet delivers the refreshing, light taste of a lemon wedge
• Unsweetened with 0 calories, 0g carbs, 0g sugars & 25% of an adult’s daily Vitamin C requirements
• Great for water, seltzer, teas & beverages as well as recipes
• 100% natural ingredients
• 100% of your daily vitamin C
• No artificial sweeteners
• No preservatives
• True Lemon keeps you true
[Hmm. If I were working in their marketing department, I would’ve mentioned the scurvy prevention angle, for their Pirate customers…]
Have other people seen this stuff, other than in flight on an airplane? I haven’t seen it in the stores. And another thing: the other night I was chagrined to discover that I was out of lemon when I was making Brussels Sprouts by my favorite method – sautéed with soy sauce and lemon – and resorted to using two packets of the True Lemon stuff. The dish turned out fine. No lie. And no, the true lemon folks are not paying me. They don’t know I exist. Cheers. ☺
Janice, I love it!
Paula Greenlee said:
Wow, what a great find. Dick and I don’t eat oranges or drink juice and were concerned we were not getting enough citrus in our diets. I started substituting lemon for salt. These packets would be much easier to use.
Hope you are enjoying autumn and all its produce. I’ve been roasting squash and baking apple yummies. Next weekend wendy is bringing the kids here and we’re going to the pumpkin patch.
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So glad it’s a helpful tip. We’ve been surprised at this common response. The veggies have been really good this fall and I’ve been roasting a lot too. Was inspired, remembering it’s actually still apple season, to make an apple crumb pie this past weekend. Have a blast at the pumpkin patch – one of our favorite things to do as you know! Love J.
Lisa Mansfield said:
Thanks for sharing. I’ve never seen this Before.
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Thanks, Lisa. Glad if it will be helpful. Never hurts to have a packet of vitamin C handy, for its various purposes….