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.