Monthly Archives: July 2012

A new and easier way to make lemon curd, sorta.

There is a you-tube video, entitled lemon curd take 2, which shows how to make a lemon curd type product with your vitamix. It’s not really lemon curd as the texture is too frothy and light for true lemon curd, but boy is it much easier than the other lemon curd recipe you can find on my site. This video is made by Williams-Sonoma.

The recipe is as follows:
3 whole eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup Cubed Butter (sweet cream butter)
1 Tablespoon Grated Lemon Peel

Put the eggs, sugar and lemon juice into the vitamix. Start at variable one and increase to high. If you have the vitamix with the presets, use the hot soup setting. Blend/Cook for four minutes. At this point, add the cubed butter, one pat at a time, with the blender still going. Wait until each butter pat is fully incorporated until you put the next one in. Continue to blend for an additional minute to get the curd of the proper consistency. If your curd is not thick enough, you can continue to blend for another minute.

The video goes on to talk about making the cutest little tartlets with the newly made lemon curd. I prefer, however to eat mine with scones and cream.

So there is no question this is easier than the lemon curd recipe that I have elsewhere on this site. Why do I say it’s only sorta lemon curd? The texture is not right, it’s more like lemon chiffon. It’s fantastic, don’t get me wrong, but it’s not curd.

What do you do with all this lovely lemon curd, other than eat it out of hand? I made the most amazing ice cream with my donvier pint size ice cream maker. First I made a blueberry ice cream base and froze that with the ice cream maker. Then I took the ice cream maker and filled half of it with lemon curd and half with blueberry ice cream and spun. It was delicious. Too delicious.

My DH made a solar oven yesterday. What a sweetie. I had mentioned that I wanted to make one, but I was really busy with the garden and housecleaning for guests and all the other little minutiae that fills up the day. I looked up from the kitchen window about midday, and what did I see but an enormous cardboard box with an Elizabethan collar. You remember Elizabethan collars, don’t you? They’re the ones that the vet gives you to put on the dog so it can’t lick whatever injury it has. The fact that it makes the dog look like it has a satellite dish on it’s neck is just a happy accident.
DH had taken a old 1/2 bushel peach box (cardboard) and lined it with tinfoil. He then cut up another box to make the wings of the solar collector and attached it to the top of the box, so it looks like a large funnel. Finally, he cut a piece of plexiglass and trimmed the edges with tape and fit the plexiglass between the solar collector and the box of the oven. I was planning on buying a turkey basting bag from the grocery store, but since we had the plexi just lying around, it was probably better.

So, what am I doing with my wonderful little solar oven? Right now, I have my dutch oven out there with my beef tallow in it. I need to render the beef tallow, but it’s too hot to turn on the oven. I’ve heard, but have no experience yet, that the solar oven WILL get hot enough for this purpose.

Backwoodshome, a magazine which has lots of near information in it, has many recipes for solar ovens.

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