Easy Lemon-Lime Tart, Product Review, and a Giveaway

When the nice folks from True Lemon asked me to review some of their products, I was more than happy to. I’m always forgetting to buy a lemon or a lime that I need for a recipe and the idea of having something available when I’m in a pinch really appealed to me.

I couldn’t believe how much product they sent me! Check this out:

Crazy, right? I think I’m good for awhile.

PS: Anyone going to tell me to buy a new tablecloth? I know you must be tired of seeing it in all of my pictures.

Here’s some information about the product that they also sent me:

  • The products are made by cold pressing and crystallizing the fruits’ juices and oils and “locking in their taste at the peak of flavor.”
  • Each True Lemon packet “contains the highest-quality 100-percent, all-natural ingredients, including lemon oils and juices, to achieve their unique, fresh flavor.”
  • Each True Lemon packet has 0 calories, 0g carbs, 0g sugars, no artificial sweeteners, no preservatives, colors, sodium, or gluten.
  • Each True Lemon packet “has 25 percent of an adult’s daily Vitamin C requirements.”
  • The sweetened lemonades use Stevia for a sweetener and contain 5 calories.
For the label readers, this is how the True Lemon for Cooking, Baking and Seasoning label reads: Citric acid, maltodextrin, lemon oil, lemon juice, ascorbic acid (vitamin C). Contains soy. 

 

Here are some uses that they suggested (from the literature they sent me):
  • Make food pop! Use True Lemon or True Lime as a salt-substitute to add flavor to food without adding salt.
  • Add to iced or hot teas.
  • Make lemon or lime butter by adding to a butter or a butter substitute.
  • Sprinkle True Lime on popcorn or tortilla chips.
  • Sprinkle True Lemon on apples, avocados or any fruit to stop browning.
  • Sprinkle True Lime on vanilla yogurt for instant key lime yogurt.
  • Use as a rub or seasoning on seafood, meat or chicken.
Here are some ways I have used it and what I have thought:
  • I sprinkled True Lime on watermelon chunks. Perfect summer dessert.
  • I used True Orange in this dressing and couldn’t tell the difference.
  • I mixed the Raspberry Lemonade into my water. Multiple times. So did hubby. He said “I could live on that.” I assured him that he probably could not, but I guess it is just an expression.
  • I used the True Orange for my water and loved the freshness that it brought without the sweetness.

Those are all pretty simple applications of the product, but I really wanted to put this product to the test, so I made a Lemon Tart. I wanted to be sure that I could recommend this product to you. If True Lemon fell short, this recipe would certainly expose its flaws.

Lemon-Lime Tart
adapted from bell’ alimento

1 refrigerated pie crust
3 large eggs
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons of True Lime mixed with water to make 1/4 cup
4 teaspoons of True Lemon for cooking
1 stick of unsalted butter at room temperature
powdered sugar for dusting

1. Preheat oven to 350*F.
2. Spray your tart pan with cooking spray and press your pie crust into the pan. Tear off any excess crust.
3. In a large bowl mix eggs and sugar until combined.
4. Add True Lime/Water mixture, True Lemon, and butter. Mix until combined.
5. Pour this mixture into your prepared tart pan/crust.
6. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until set. Cool completely.
7. Dust with powdered sugar and serve at room temperature or chilled. Refrigerate any leftovers.

Verdict of tart: This tart was really good! Honest to goodness, you cannot tell the difference between this product and the “real” thing. It was a little on the tart side, I think maybe I used a little too much of the product.
Verdict of this product: I’m a believer. I’ll still probably buy lemons and limes because there is something therapeutic about squeezing a fresh lemon, but there is also something very therapeutic about not having to run to the store when you don’t have one. Great product to have on hand. I’m thinking it is probably cheaper than buying lemons and limes, unless you’re buying them on sale.
Husband’s take: Too sour for him. I saw him sneaking bits of the crust though. 
Mother-in-law’s take:
 She said that she wouldn’t be able to tell that it didn’t have “real” lemons in it.
Changes I would make: I would probably use a bit less of the True Lemon and True Lime, because it was a very tart tart.
Difficulty: Easy!

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

UPDATE: GIVEAWAY HAS CLOSED. The winner is Kathy for ScrapNDaze.

One winner will receive:

A True Lemon “100% All Natural” T-Shirt
A True Lemon Branded Water Bottle
A box of True Lemon for Cooking, Baking & Beverages (32 packets/box)
A box each of True Lime for Cooking, Baking & Beverages (32 packets/box)
A box each of True Orange for Cooking, Baking & Beverages (32 packets/box)
A box each of True Lemon for Your Water (10 stick packets/box)
A box each of True Orange for Your Water (10 stick packets/box)
A box each of True Original Lemonade for Your Water (10 stick packets/box)
A box each of True Raspberry Lemonade for Your Water (10 stick packets/box)
A box of True Grapefruit for Your Water (32 packets/box)
True Lemon Shaker for Cooking, Baking & Seasoning (2.85oz/shaker)
True Lime Shaker for Cooking, Baking & Seasoning (2.85oz/shaker)

I think you’ll be good for a while too in regards to this product! Should last you awhile!

To Enter:

Comment on this post. You can tell me what you would use this product for, or which product you are most excited to try. Or I’d love to know if you’ve tried it and what you think of it.

For Extra Entries (MAKE SURE to leave an extra comment for each or they won’t count!):

 

1. Follow @not_rachaelray on Twitter
2. “Like” Not Rachael Ray on Facebook 
3. Subscribe to my RSS feed or add your name to my email list.
4. Tweet about this giveaway! You can use this if you want: “Win a prize pack from @TrueLemon and @not_rachaelray! https://www.rachelcooks.com/2011/10/10/easy-lemon-lime-tart/
5. Share this giveaway on your Facebook page.
6. “Like” True Lemon on Facebook.

 

That’s up to seven chances to win! Enter by Thursday night (10/13) and I’ll choose a winner using random.org on Friday morning (10/14). Winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email before I choose another winner. Prize will be shipped by the generous True Lemon folks. Good luck!

Disclosure: I was sent free True Lemon products to review. However, all opinions expressed in this post are, as always, 100% my own.

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100 comments

  1. That’s a really lovely and delicious looking tart.

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  3. Love lemon anything!!

  4. “Liked” true lemon on FB

  5. Shared on facebook

  6. Tweeted from @goturcrazy

  7. I subscribe to your email list

  8. I “Like” Not Rachael Ray on Facebook

  9. I follow @not_rachaelray on Twitter

  10. I would love to try this as a steak rub

  11. I never seem to have lemon or lime around when I need it. I’d love to try this with a citrus chicken or salmon…mmm salmon!! Perhaps on some nice grilled vegetables too, like asparagus. Now you’ve got my gears turning!

  12. wow! I love it!
    Must try it at home.. :)

  13. I already like you on FB!

  14. I liked them on FB… looks like they aren’t in my area yet so I might have to buy online,

  15. I am literally always out of lemons or limes so this would be perfect! I am definitely going to check this product out!

  16. I’m a sucker for lemon desserts so your tart is right up my alley! It looks wonderful :) I’m intrigued by the True Lemon products, especially the lemonade.

  17. Is the Raspberry Lemon good?

  18. I love how convenient this is. I buy lemons or limes just in case I need them and end up throwing them out. I paid 75 cents for one lemon last week! The lemon tart reminds me of when we had our French daughter here and she helped us make one. She served it with a dollop of sour cream. Sounds weird, but tastes great!

  19. True Lemon would be great for baking.

  20. “Like” True Lemon on Facebook.

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  22. I’d love to try the True Lemon Shaker!!!

  23. We try to keep lemons in the house, but they often end up in the compost pile. I think Tom could make some yummy lemon meringue pie with this (or the tart). Wait … then he’ll have the excuse he’s looking for to buy a tart pan:)

  24. The tart looks positively delicious! I don’t always have lemons on hand so having True Lemon in my pantry would be a real life saver!

  25. I would love to make that tart! It looks incredible.. and I love fruity desserts!

  26. This sounds like a great product for me – I never remember to have lemons and lime on hand, so last minute I always have to figure something else out. I have been wanting to try my hand at lemon bars (never baked with lemon before). I think these would be great to try them with.

  27. I’m so excited to make this. Looks so good. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Keep them coming! :)

  28. i shared this on fb

  29. i liked true lemon on fb

  30. i liked not rachael ray on facebook

  31. Just started following ur blog. Love it.

  32. I like you on Facebook. Thanks!

  33. Would love to try some of the true lemon! Thanks for the giveaway chance.

  34. I follow you on facebook.

  35. I always carry the lemon packets in my purse to use with water in a restaurant. I don’t trust the lemon wedges the servers give you, so these packets are perfect!!

  36. Like” True Lemon on Facebook

  37. subscribe to email :-)

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  39. I don’t think I can enter this as I live in the UK, but just wanted to say how beautiful your tart is! Just discovered your blog recently and it’s so gorgeous – looking forward to spending lots more time trawling the site for delicious recipes :-)

  40. Love all of Paula’s recipes! Yum yum! I’ve never turned down a lemon dessert!

  41. I like you on Facebook.

  42. I am an email subscriber.

  43. Raspberry Lemonade sounds like it will be yummy!

  44. I don’t twitter but I did “like” True Lemon on FaceBook.

  45. And of course I “like” you on FaceBook too

  46. I am a follower of your entertaining blog-really just for the pictures of that cute baby.

  47. Hey girlie–you are just moving up in the food world! Next thing you know, you’ll be a guest on the real Rachel Ray :) I’m not much of a cook or baker but this looks interesting and something I would try with drinks and with fruit. Thanks for the great post!

  48. I love true lemon I use it to make sour milk to replace buttermilk in recipes

  49. I love to use this in Lemon Ricotta Cookies, yumyum! Also I’m subscribed on email, and follow you on Facebbook. :)

  50. Hmmm…I would try it in an apple pie recipe! Or – do you think the lime would be good in drink?!?!

  51. I follow your blog.

  52. I love true lemon to make lemonade!

  53. So funny that you posted this because I just bought the raspberry lemonade last week and was drinking it while reading this post!

  54. I would definitely use True Lemon in my iced tea and would love to try the seasoning for fish. :)Next I am off to subscribe to your blog if I am not already a subscriber and Like you on Facebook!

  55. I would like to try this tart, as I also find it annoying to have to run to the store for a lemon when I run out.

  56. what a fabulous tart, what an amazing company and a great giveaway! I like them on facebook, already like you on facebook!

  57. Ooh I’ve been wanting to try the grapefruit!

  58. Subscribed to your RSS Feed. Thanks for the great Giveaway!

  59. Shared your giveaway on FB too!

  60. I shared on FB

  61. Tweeted your giveaway.

  62. Liked you on FB as NanneysCreek

  63. I like you on FB

  64. I subscribe via RSS feed

  65. I liked true lemon on FB.

  66. I tweeted giveaway.

  67. I follow not rachael ray on twitter.

  68. Following on twitter as ScrapNDaze.

  69. I add lemon to my water/drinks. It would be so nice to have this so that when I bought lemons they wouldn’t go bad!

  70. I would like to try the True Raspberry Lemonade for water. I pack my lunch for work and these would be great!

  71. I like True Lemon on FB

  72. I shared on FB

  73. I tweeted about giveaway.

  74. I follow you on Twitter! I’m @WhatTheBucc

  75. I LOVE True Lemon! We have terrible “city water” and I love how a packet of True Lemon covers up that taste. I would love to try the Grapefruit. My store only carries the Lemon, boooo!

  76. I subscribe via RSS feed.

  77. I like not rachael ray on FB.

  78. I follow Not Rachael Ray on Twitter.

  79. I would love to try ALL of this but mostly the Raspberry!!! Yummy.

  80. Looking forward to trying this…I like the idea of having a lemon/lime product always available. I also buy lemons & limes at the local produce outlet, primarily as objects d’art for my counter top fruit bowl. Therefore, when I need to use them, they are not always at the peak of freshness!

  81. I also like you on FB

  82. I follow you on Twitter :)

  83. I am always a lemon short of a recipe so this product would be great to have!!

  84. I RT’d the giveaway @icywit

  85. I would make lemon mini cakes -so good.

  86. I aleady like you on FB.

  87. I already follow you on twitter @icywit

  88. i look forward to trying True Grapefruit for water.

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