I keep looking for the price of lemons to go down, but alas, this is not happening. My family uses lemon in a variety of ways so hear are my tips. For the best buy, I usually look for fruit sold in bulk mesh bags; and until I started to use these little tricks, I would often find that at least one or two pieces of fruit had gone bad by the time I needed it.
When you first bring the fruit home, wash and dry every piece, then using the fine side of a hand grater (not a zester), grate off the rind of at least a few of the fruits. Store the zest in a small zip bag in the freezer to use in muffins, quick breads and other recipes.
Then squeeze the juice from all of the lemons that you will not be using within a week. Pour the juice into an ice cube tray and freeze. Store the lemon juice cubes in a zip bag of their own in the freezer.
When a recipe calls for two Tablespoons of lemon juice or more I can thaw as many cubes as I need. A cube has 1 1/2 Tablespoons of lemon juice.
This has saved me money and time! You can also use this for oranges and other citrus.
By Bobbie from Rockwall
I can go you one further. After I grate the lemon peel and juice the lemons, I cut the remaining peels into small chunks and use them in my garbage disposal. You can even freeze them and use them in the disposal as needed. They really help to get rid of that funky smell you sometimes get in your disposal! (08/16/2007)
By Donna N., San Diego
The best yet :) Lemons will help you lose weight! After reading so much about it, I decided to give it a try and I have lost something like 10 pounds in less than two months!
Just squeeze the lemon juice into a bottle, fill with water to the top - NO SUGAR - add some peppermint decoction for better taste if you like. Keep handy and drink whenever you feel thirsty during the day! (08/16/2007)
PS Aldi's sometimes has great deals on lemons (08/17/2007)
Maybe this is a silly question but I'm newbie to these things so I'll ask anyway...
Do not the ice cubes stick to each other when we put them in the zip bag?
You can also soak extra citrus peels in vinegar to make a nice deodorizing spray. This is great when you have animals, especially cats who mark their territory inside. Cats don't like the smell of citrus so they leave the place alone for a while. We do like the smell of citrus! (08/17/2007)
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