In this review, I am comparing two different brands of lemon “juice,” ReaLemon and True Lemon.
ReaLemon Lemon Juice
Everyone recognizes ReaLemon with its fun, fruit-shaped squeeze bottles.
ReaLemon offers premium-quality lemon juice that is more convenient, lower-priced, and consistent in flavor and strength than fresh lemons. The juice is made by concentrating the juice of high-quality fresh lemons and adding back enough water to create a perfect, natural strength juice.
ReaLemon is an easy way to add lemon to all of your recipes with consistent flavor in every bottle. A few tablespoons makes for the perfect lemonade. It is great on fish or chicken. It is also great in sauces. The possibilities are endless!
History & Origins
In 1934, ReaLemon Lemon Juice From Concentrate was created by Irving Swartzburg.
Eagle Family Foods owned ReaLemon until 2001, when Cadbury Schweppes bought ReaLemon, making it part of its Mott’s family of products. Along with the purchase of ReaLemon, Cadbury Schweppes acquired their 100,562-square-foot plant in Waterloo, NY, which was originally owned by Borden and is the only plant to produce ReaLemon. ReaLemon continues under its ownership by Cadbury Schweppes Americas Beverages in Plano, Texas. This is the largest non-cola soft drink enterprise in the U.S. and the largest beverage subsidiary of Cadbury Schweppes.
In 2000, ReaLemon and ReaLime are the most dominate companies of their type with a 48 percent market share.
True Lemon Crystallized Lemon
True Lemon is simply crystallized lemon. It is all natural with no artificial sweeteners or colors. You can use it just as you would real lemon juice. With no calories, fat, sodium, and less than one gram of carbohydrates, True Lemon is perfect for all types of diets. It also provides 25% of the recommended daily Vitamin C intake.
History & Origins
True Lemon was first produced in 2003 by Grand Brands, Inc.. The company and product were founded and created by David Schleider, a formally trained chef and food innovator. He created True Lemon because he was frustrated with fresh and bottled lemon juices, which did not offer a consistent taste, spoils fast, wastes a lot, and quite a bit messier. He spent three years perfecting True Lemon before releasing it to the public. Today, it sells in thousands of stores all over the world and more and more stores are selling their True Lemon.
Grand Brands now sells True Lemon, True Lime, True Orange.
Citric Acid, Lactose (a Milk Derivative), Lemon Juice, Lemon Oil, Maltodextrin, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C).
Maltodextrin and lactose are used as natural bulking agents to help the True Lemon granules flow and not stick together. This does no affect the taste because they have no taste or aroma.
Diabetics and those that are lactose-intolerant need not be concerned because each serving contains less than ½ gram of maltodextrin and lactose combined. This does not offer enough carbohydrates to exceed the recommended minimum sugar intake for diabetics. And the lactose levels are not enough to affect people that are lactose intolerant.
True Lemon to real lemon juice Conversion
As a juice
1 packet = 1 tablespoons of lemon juice or lime juice
When cooking and baking
2 packets = 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or lime juice
¼ teaspoon True Lemon or True Lime = 1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice
½ teaspoon True Lemon or True Lime = ¼ cup lemon juice or lime juice
1 tablespoon True Lemon or True Lime = ½ cup lemon juice or lime juice
I always used ReaLemon lemon juice instead of fresh real lemons because it was easier than buying lemons and preparing them with a juicer. I mostly use lemon juice to make lemonade, on chicken and fish, and in a few baking recipes, but it can be used in endless recipes.
ReaLemon is all-natural and very strong so a little bit goes a long way. Usually one tablespoon is required per recipe or serving, meaning that one bottle will last quite a while. While real lemons will spoil quickly, ReaLemon juice lasts a few months.
ReaLemon is sold in glass and plastic squeezable bottles of various sizes. I bought a squeezable, 15 ounce bottle for $2.69. This is not a bad prices considering real lemons at the grocers goes for about three for a dollar.
I found out about True Lemon online last year and ordered a free sample and coupons. Once I received them and tested the lemon and lime packets, I was hooked! They taste just like the real thing and are so convenient to store and use without a mess.
True Lemon is all-natural and strong, but not as strong as ReaLemon, which I find to be closer to the taste of real lemon juice. A little bit still goes a long way. Usually one-two packets or ¼-½ teaspoons is required per recipe or serving. True Lemon has an approximate shelf-life of two years, if unopened. Being in packets, one box will last a long time, the full two years. No lemon juice or real lemons can come close to the shelf-life of True Lemon. In shakers, once opened, they will still last months, but with how good it tastes and how easy it is to use, most consumers will go through these bottles like water.
True Lemon is sold in two different package types. In packets, True Lemon comes in boxes of 40 ($3.98) and 150 (12.54). In shakers, True Lemon comes in shakers of 110 servings ($4.98) and 571 servings ($19.98). These prices are from Discount Coffee. http://www.discountcoffee.com/true_lemon.htm If you order now, you get a free box of True Orange packets.
I first bought True Lemon at a local supermarket, but then they stopped stocking it. So I went with Discount Coffee and bought two shakers of lemon, one shaker of lime, and received the free box of orange. I am good to go for a year! Hopefully, the supermarkets will re-stock it soon.
Between ReaLemon and True Lemon, I prefer True Lemon hands down! True Lemon offers the same ease of use as ReaLemon, but True Lemon offers additional advantages. It can be stored for a much longer time and is much, much easier to carry in packets the same size as packets of sugar. True Lemon sounds like its higher-priced, but it is worth it, considering how little will be needed per serving and its long shelf-life.
History sources include: ReaLemon, True Lemon, Wikipedia