Thursday, February 14, 2013

Got Lemons? Get Spicy!

You know the old saying, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. 
Californians are lucky people. Citrus is in abundance this time of year!
 If you grow citrus, you know what I am talking about! 

I received a large amount of lemons! Trust me, you will not hear me complain! 
This is where you become creative. There are so many different things you can use with lemons.

In my search of what to do with excess lemons I stumbled upon many recipes for dry rubs using the lemon rind. My family always likes to try new flavors.

As my creativity kicked into action, Rosemary Lemon Pepper Rub was born! 

First I clipped some Rosemary ahead of time to dry it out a bit.
Have you ever zested a lemon, it's fun in my opinion. Just remember you don't want the white parts when zesting, its called the pilth. Pilth isnt very tasty.

I love using different herbs. This recipe is one I created using the flavors I enjoy. You can alter this recipe and use herbs that you enjoy most. Once you decide on the herbs you want to use give them a good mixing.

Final result, Extreme Deliciousness! 
If you grow large amounts of herbs in your garden, dry them and use them to make your own rubs. 
You can have delicious homemade rubs throughout the year. This particular rub will last about 3 months. Trust me, it wont last that long anyway once you try it!


1/4 Cup Fresh Rosemary Chopped (dry it out for a couple of days)
2 Tbls. of dried Oregano
2Tbls. dried Sage
2Tbls. dried Garlic Flakes
1/4 cup Sea Salt or Kosher Salt
2Tbls Red Pepper Flakes (add extra Tbls. for a bit of kick or pinch of Cayenne)
4 to 6 Tbls. of Lemon Zest
Mix Herb mixture well. Put all the contents of your mixture into a jar.

This recipe is enough for one batch or small jar shown above. I use this amount on one whole chicken! This recipe is also delicious on fresh fish. We love to take this herb rub when we go camping. We use it on the fresh fish we catch!

Do you make your own Herb rubs? 
What are your favorites? 
Let me know if you try this one and how you like it!

Happy Gardening Friends!!!!


  1. Thanks for a great recipe! I have all the ingredients so this should be fun.

  2. Rosemary grows like a week here. Public areas of North Natomas are landscaped with huge areas of Rosemary. Most people don't even know it. The bees love it though. It's one of the few things that flowers during the winter months.

  3. Bill that Rosemary grows everywhere! Im ok with that!!!


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