During the Spring time, I always get bags and bags full of lemons from my mom. She has a lemon tree in her backyard that yields what seems like hundreds of lemons. I never like to waste anything and was determined to put all my new lemons to good use. Got lemons? Try out these 10 great tips to use them up and not let them spoil…
10 USES FOR LEMONS:
1. Make Lemonade: Here is an obvious thing to do with lemons…although, sometimes even I forget that you can make homemade lemonade.
Easy and Delicious Homemade Lemonade Recipe:
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 cup fresh lemon juice
4 cups of cold water
Make a simple syrup by heating the 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a saucepan for about 5 minutes on medium high heat. Allow the simple syrup to cool. Then mix together the simple syrup along with your lemon juice and cold water. Serve over ice and enjoy!
2. Disinfect your wooden cutting board: Cut a lemon in half and rub it generously over the top of your wooden cutting board.
3. Loosen up caked on food in the microwave: Add a half of a lemon to a small bowl of water and heat it in the microwave for about 1 minute. Allow the mixture to sit in the microwave for 5 minutes to help loosen up any caked on food. Use a sponge and easily wipe out any unwanted food.
4. Sore throat or cough Drink: Mix 1 tbs honey, 1 tsp lemon juice and 1 cup of water in the microwave. Sip and allow the drink to soothe your sore throat and help stop your coughing.
5. Energizing bath: Stir in about a cup full of lemon peels into your warm bath water. The oils from the rind will give your senses a perk and smells great! This also helps to open up your sinuses if you are sick with a cold or allergies.
6. Brighten up your white laundry: Add 1/2 cup of lemon juice to the wash cycle and allow the lemons to work their magic on your white laundry!
7. Remove sticky cheese from your grater: Rub both sides of your cheese grater with the inside of a lemon that you’ve cut in half. This helps to remove any cheese that is stuck on your grater.
8. Remove foul smells from your disposal: Cut a lemon into fourths a squeeze the juice down your disposal. Allow to sit for a minute or two. Then put the lemon wedges down the strain…run your water and use your disposal. This eliminates any odors and makes your house smell good.
9. Freshen up a room: Cut a couple of lemons in half and place them cut side up in a dish in the room you want to freshen. Replace them every week to keep the room smelling lemon-y fresh!
10. Keep your rice from sticking: Add a spoonful of lemon juice to your boiling water (before adding rice). This helps to keep rice from sticking in the pan.
What do you use lemons for?