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Lemon Curd in the Vitamix

Lemon curd in the Vitamix is a delightful lemon spread made with eggs, sugar, butter, and, of course, lemons! The Vitamix makes this recipe a breeze. It is so fun to watch right before your eyes as the ingredients are whipped together, heated, and somewhat magically transform into this curd, a beautiful fruit and sugar based spread.
Drizzle of lemon curd made int he Vitamix coming off of spoon

A bright taste of lemon is such a cheerful flavor. While I eat lemon treats year-round, it may be in the winter months that I most appreciate a burst of citrus.

It was in January a few years ago that I shared a lemon curd recipe made in the microwave. Using the microwave makes the process of making lemon curd really quick and easy.

The stove top method works for making curds too. Try this orange curd recipe, this vegan lemon curd, or substitute navel oranges for the lemons using the Vitamix method shared here.

My mother-in-law shared the recipe with me and I thought curd could not get any easier…until the Vitamix came along. Wow, this is no ordinary blender! I would assume that the popular Blendtec functions in a similar manner but this Vitamix continues to amaze me. The fact that the Vitamix can mix the contents in the blender to such high temperatures is truly amazing.

Lemon Curd Recipe– so easy in the Vitamix

I thought I had a good idea to try to whip up some lemon curd in the Vitamix and, at the last minute, instead of just repeating my usual recipe I checked for a lemon Vitamix recipe in the manufacturer’s cookbook for the possibility that the chefs there had already provided their preferred recipe.

Sure enough, on page 308 of the book, Create, there was this ingredient list for lemon curd. (By the way, it is not right that if you mis-type the word “curd” that it might turn into “cRud”, which spell-check won’t fix and which is the complete opposite of lemon curd. It should be called Lemon Delight or something light-hearted and more pleasant sounding!) This is good stuff!

If you don’t have a Vitamix you can still make lemon curd on the stove top with this traditional meyer lemon curd recipe.

What ingredients are needed to make lemon curd?

  • lemons (juice and zest)
  • eggs
  • sugar
  • salt
  • butter
Ingredients of butter, sugar, lemons for lemon curd made in the Vitamix

How to Make Lemon Curd in the Vitamix

  1. Put the eggs, lemon juice, lemon zest and salt (all ingredients EXCEPT the butter) into the Vitamix. Start at Variable 1 and gradually increase to Variable 10. Blend for 5 minutes. The mixture will heat up. It’s fun to watch the steam pour out the top!
  2. Reduce to Variable 3, remove the lid plug and add the pieces of butter through the lid. Blend for 30 more seconds. Your lemon curd will be smooth and somewhat runny while it is so hot.
  3. Allow to cool to room temperature then refrigerate. Two hours to overnight is just right. Store in mason jars. The lemon curd will thicken as it cools.

Can I make lemon curd in any blender?

Here’s the trick of using the Vitamix– a high speed blender heats the lemon curd ingredients to a safe temperature for eating. You CANNOT use a basic blender to accomplish the same goal. It simply won’t “cook” the eggs to a high enough temperature for safe eating.

If you don’t have a high speed blender, you can still make this lemon curd recipe. Use your blender to blend the ingredients and then transfer the mixture to the stove top. Cook the lemon curd until it thickens and a safe temperature. I aim for 160 degrees F.

The egg safety board shares more information about safe temperatures for cooking eggs here.

How to store lemon curd

Lemon curd needs to be stored in the refrigerator.

After you make the curd in the Vitamix, place it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Your lemon curd will continue to thicken as it cools.

How to Use Lemon Curd

Now that you have this beautiful and luscious lemon curd made in the Vitamix, what shall you do with it? I have a recipe round up of nearly 50 ideas for ways to use lemon curd. A few of them are shared here:

Give limes a try!

After finding such joy in lemon curd, why stop? Try lime curd too. I even used my Vitamix to whip together this Cranberry Butter which is first cooked down in the Instant Pot.

Canning at home and making small batch jams and curds have really become a source of enjoyment for me in the kitchen. If you are interested in making more homemade preserves, here is a canning resource to give more more recipe ideas!

Add a label to your jar of lemon curd!

Did you know that I have a FREE Printables library? I love sharing labels that you can download and print yourself. When you are making jams, jellies, and marmalades, it is so nice to add a personal touch.

Access is free to my email subscribers. Join the growing number of email subscribers by using the form below. You’ll love this label for your homemade lemon curd!

Yield: 3 cups

Lemon Curd (in the Vitamix)

Lemon Curd made in the Vitamix

Capture that bright citrus punch that only lemon can give with this easy recipe for how to make lemon curd in the Vitamix!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes

Ingredients

  • 5 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (2-3 large lemons) and zest of 2-3 lemons
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature and cut into small pieces

Instructions

  1. Zest the lemons and then juice the lemons.
  2. Put all ingredients EXCEPT the butter into the Vitamix. Start at Variable 1 and gradually increase to Variable 10. Blend for 5 minutes. The mixture will increase in volume, change color, and will become quite hot.
  3. Reduce to Variable 3, remove the lid plug and add the pieces of butter through the lid. Blend for 30 more seconds. Be careful with the steam coming out of the top!
  4. Allow to cool to room temperature then refrigerate. The lemon curd will thicken as it cools. Refrigerate for at least two hours or overnight.

Notes

Note: A regular blender will not cook the eggs in the way that a Vitamix will. The temperature of eggs that is safe to eat is 160 degrees F. If you don’t have a Vitamix or Blendtec then use the easy microwave method or a stovetop method.

It's best to zest lemons first and THEN squeeze them for the fresh lemon juice. If you squeeze them first it is difficult and inefficient to try to remove the zest from the squeezed halves of lemon.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

48

Serving Size:

1 tablespoon

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 51Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 13mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 1g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix and is an estimate only.

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Raymond

Monday 24th of August 2020

Just made the Lemon Curd in my new Vitamix. Turned out fantastic. I had everything at room temperature. Followed the instructions exactly. I assume I let it cool off uncovered and then to the fridge. It filled exactly a Classico 32 ounce Pasta Sauce jar. Thank you so much!

Holly Baker

Monday 24th of August 2020

I am thrilled to hear this! How will you use the lemon curd? It is wonderful on its own or in so many recipes. Enjoy!

Michelle

Sunday 9th of August 2020

Could you add blueberries to this somehow? I’d love to make a blueberry lemon curd! This is the best lemon curd recipe I’ve ever used and it’s so easy!!

Holly Baker

Thursday 13th of August 2020

I haven't tried adding blueberries but it sounds delicious! Let me know how it turns out.

Pamela Gandarillas

Tuesday 23rd of June 2020

This recipe works but you have to running it at variable 10 for 3-4 minutes. The temperature must reach 170 degrees. I used 4 duck eggs. The color is beautiful. Tastes amazing

Lisa

Thursday 16th of April 2020

Ahhhhmazing! So much easier! And we love the finished product!

Holly Baker

Thursday 16th of April 2020

That is great news, so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for your comment.

Molly Tanuvasa

Thursday 2nd of April 2020

I just want to verify that it’s 5 whole eggs and not egg yolks. I have it blending at this very moment but now I’m second guessing myself. Thanks!

Holly Baker

Thursday 2nd of April 2020

Yes, this recipe calls for the entire egg. I've seen recipes that require you to only use the yolks but that extra step isn't needed here. Let me know how it turns out. Enjoy!