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Old 03-26-2013, 11:48 AM   #1
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Unwashed Lemon Zest

Hey everyone,

I just made lemon curd for the first time, and luckily it turned out great! The only thing is, I forgot to wash the lemons before zesting them. In all my excitement I just simply didn't think about it. Now I don't know if it is still safe to eat. So therefore my question to you guys is, can I still eat the lemon curd, or should I just trow it away?

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Old 03-26-2013, 12:05 PM   #2
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Eat it.
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:34 PM   #3
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Yup.
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:50 PM   #4
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What doesn't kill you makes you stronger lol!
It will be fine :) Wash them twice next time!
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:56 PM   #5
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It's still safe to eat as long as there wasn't any fecal matter on the lemons
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Old 03-26-2013, 09:31 PM   #6
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If it helps to say why it's okay...

Almost all commercially distributed lemons are washed and recoated with food grade wax to replace the natural waxy coating, so it's not as if they were unwashed.

Although it's possible to pick up stuff on the shelf, lemon curd thickens at 170F, which is enough to take care of all the common microbes.

All in all, I would say they pick up more bacteria from the average kitchen counter than they bring to it from the distribution chain. And humans with an intact immune system, manage most exposures without problem.
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Old 03-26-2013, 10:44 PM   #7
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What doesn't kill you makes you stronger lol!
It will be fine :) Wash them twice next time!
lol, friedsnip nietzsche, with ocd.

just be sure to wash them in used panty hose for full effect.

glc, what about humans with tactless immune systems, goin' snotting all about. what about them?
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Old 03-27-2013, 03:28 AM   #8
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I get weirded out about the possibility that the lemons in my water at restaurants haven't been washed before being put in my water/tea, so I always ask for it without lemon just to be safe. Sometimes I ask for it on the side and squeeze it carefully in my drink, but the outside never touches my drink and I usually wash my hands after. OK I guess that sounds crazy but those lemons... so unwashed

So I'm pretty sure you can guess my answer.
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lol, friedsnip nietzsche, with ocd.

just be sure to wash them in used panty hose for full effect.

glc, what about humans with tactless immune systems, goin' snotting all about. what about them?


My OCD is still alive and well, I've just dropped my standards
I only allow myself to be full of sh!t about a few things, it's too much hard work to be perfect

Give me unwashed lemon rind in cooked food fine but don't dare put unwashed anything to me raw
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:29 AM   #10
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Welcome to DC! I try to remember to wash all the lemons and limes I buy before zesting, but sometimes forget. I haven't gotten sick or died, yet. Eat it and enjoy!
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