10 Things to Know About Lemons 

The slice-of-sunshine perfection of fresh lemon―juice or zest―puts a little extra bounce in the step of any cook.

Bottled Lemon Juice
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Bottled Lemon Juice

7. In a pinch, is this a good lemon substitute?
We think not. Those cute little plastic lemons do contain lemon juice, but after the juice is reconstituted and mixed with preservatives the taste is notably off, not fresh, a bit harsh and thin. It lasts for months but doesn’t really add that divine fresh-lemon essence.

Watch: How to Get the Most Juice Out of a Lemon or Lime

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