Tips and tricks with lemons
Before you juice a lemon, always peel it (leaving the white pith behind) or zest the skin, as it gives amazing depth of flavour to anything it’s added to. Mix it through salt for seasoning fish or chicken, add it to alcoholic drinks like gin or vodka, use it in a quick pasta sauce with cream or add it to any baked dish requiring lemon juice.
To release the most juice from a room temperature lemon, roll it firmly on a counter top, then microwave for about 15 seconds.
Remove odours from your fridge or bin by leaving lemon wedges in it. Scrub your kitchen sink with lemon halves for a chemical-free way of removing hard water stains. Rub wooden or plastic cutting boards, rolling pins or bowls with coarse salt sprinkled over lemon halves to remove food particles.
A squeeze of lemon juice on sliced fruit or vegetables will slow down discolouration. Slices of lemon in hot water aid digestion, among other health benefits. Lighten elbows darkened by hyperpigmentation or exposure to sun by rubbing fresh lemon juice onto them. Lemon juice mixed with a teaspoon of oil and sprayed onto naturally blonde hair enhances its colour and prevents it from drying out.
Lemons are best stored at room temperature. However, you can keep them fresh for up to three months in a bowl of water in the fridge.
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