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Friday, April 28, 2006

Photo Friday (vol. LXII) [Limoncello edition]

Some of you may recall a Photo Friday from last December where I shared pretty pictures of our lemon tree dripping with ripe lemons... and wrote about my plans to use this home grown fruit to make a batch of Limoncello*. 

Well guess what?  The Limoncello is finally ready!!!

It has been sitting in an out-of-the-way spot on our house slowly getting better and better... until finally it was practically begging to be strained and bottled.

This is what it looked like with all the Limoncello and lemon zest all mixed up together:
Rawlcello

I tied a piece of clean cloth over the spigot inside the big holding vat and started pouring it off into whatever containers I had around the house:
Pouring1

Once all the Limoncello was poured out, all that remained was a fragrant pile of lemon zest:
Zestover

One of my helpers couldn't resist tasting some of the zest and pronounced it delicious.  She packed a bunch of it into a jar in the 'fridge, and I may have to make a batch of chocolate covered [Über-alcoholic] lemon zest next week.  'Waste not want not' I always say...
Yummy

Anyway... here is the result of many months of patience (less one bottle that was already given as a gift to a close friend for recent assistance above and beyond the call of neighbors).  All that remains for us to do is to buy some pretty bottles and have my talented wife design up some labels:
Results1

Oh, and for the uninitiated...one keeps Limoncello in the freezer so it is always ready to be served ice cold.

That's it for today.  Shabbat Shalom.

* Limoncello Recipe courtesy of my blogdaughter (and high school classmate) Weese and her lovely wife.
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Leave it to a New Orleans Saints fan (Weese) to provide a recipe for an alcoholic beverage. Who Dat? Go Saints!

Posted by: President, Kippot Srugot for Kadima | Apr 28, 2006 4:28:21 PM

That looks so good! You should try it with etrogim.

Posted by: I'm Haaretz, Ph.D. | Apr 28, 2006 5:03:41 PM

Cool! Enjoy and have a Shabbat Shalom.

Posted by: Essie | Apr 28, 2006 5:34:41 PM

Good Shabbos.

Posted by: Jack | Apr 28, 2006 5:35:49 PM

Yummy - can I put in an order now? I will take one bottle of Limoncello, a box of chocolate lemon zest and a delicious jar of honey. Who should I write a check out to? : )

Have a nice Shabbat.

Posted by: jaime | Apr 28, 2006 6:31:00 PM

That DOES look good... and your helper is beautiful! ;)

I think we planned our trip a bit too early, that we did not get any honey or Limoncello... snif, snif...sigh.

Since I live nearby to Weese and her lovely wife, they may share some of theirs with me????!!!!!
Shabbat Shalom!

Posted by: val | Apr 28, 2006 7:08:51 PM

We have a restaurant down here named Limoncello and now I know what it means! We have a bunch of lemon trees in our back yard so this will be interesting to try! Can you substitute anything for the booze?

Posted by: Regina Clare Jane | Apr 28, 2006 7:17:57 PM

YAY!!!
your first batch. how exciting. I wish I could stop by and taste some - the flavor must be SO much better with your native lemons (vs. our Stop-n-Shop ones)
cin-cin
Weese
(oh, and YES Val - we simply must have some cool limoncello on the patio)

Posted by: lisa | Apr 28, 2006 7:21:39 PM

Chocolate-covered lemon zest sounds delicious! : )

Posted by: Irina | Apr 28, 2006 7:23:54 PM

Sounds delicious! Good Shabbat!

Posted by: seawitch | Apr 28, 2006 8:24:30 PM

yum yum! enjoy that!

shavua tov :)

Posted by: Sarah | Apr 29, 2006 12:11:29 PM

David, do you have any particular recipe for chocolate-covered lemon zest? It sounds wonderful.

Posted by: Lucy | Apr 29, 2006 1:58:55 PM

President... I think Weese's Italian ancestry speaks far more strongly about her predisposition towards home-made intoxicants. :-)

I'm Haaretz... The problem is that they use massive amounts of pesticides on etrogim to keep them blemish-free, and these toxins are absorbed into the peel. If you have an etrog tree (as a friend of mine does) this is a great idea... but I always cation people from making jam and other food-stuffs from etrogim.

Essie... Thanks and shavuah Tov.

Jack... Shavuah Tov.

Jaime... No, but you will be able to drink your fill when you finally come to visit us! :-)

Val... Yes, you were too early for the Limoncello, but the honey was there for the asking. :-)

Regina Clare Jane... I think taking the booze out of limoncello would sort of defeat the whole purpose. I think I know where you're coming from, but without the vodka this is just homemade lemonade.

Lisa... I am indebted to you and your lovely wife for sharing this recipe. What a wonderful, refreshing treat to have on hand!

Irina... I'll let you know how they come out.

Seawitch... Thanks... Shavuah Tov.

Sarah... Thanks, I'm sure we will. :-) Shavuah Tov.

Lucy... Nope... just planning on boiling up the zest pieces in water to remove the last of the bitterness and then letting them soak for a day in some more limoncello.. Then I will dry them... melt a pot of bittersweet chocolate... dip them in... and then put them on some wax paper to solidify.

Posted by: treppenwitz | May 1, 2006 9:47:59 AM

Looks amazing. How did it taste?

Posted by: Dot Co Dot Il | May 2, 2006 11:48:32 AM

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