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Fill an inexpensive spray bottle (dollar store purchase) with lemon juice and keep it in the refrigerator. Use it to spritz onto cut produce to keep fresh and crisp. Also great for spritzing as a finishing touch on cooked vegetables, chicken, and salads.
By Regan from Houston, TX
Lemon juice, rubbed on your fish before cooking, will enhance the flavor and help maintain a good color. Try this, it really works.
By mamacrafter from TN.
While cooking rice, add two drops of lemon juice. The rice will remain fluffy and not stick together.
By Irishwitch from Aurora Colorado
The addition of a little lemon juice will improve the flavor of almost any fruit drink. It will also snap up the taste of banana, mince, apple, blackberry, pineapple, raspberry, and other pie fillings.
Source: Farm Journal Cookbook
By Ron from Cortez, CO
A few drops of lemon juice in the water will whiten boiled potatoes.
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Rice will be fluffier and whiter if you add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to each quart of water.
By Sandy from Graettinger, IA
This is something I didn't know about. Can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing. (01/30/2010)
Another simple tip with rice, either brown or white long grain. Season it for the dish it will be served with.
By Dee Rhodes
Has anyone tried putting a tsp. of lemon juice into rice to keep it fluffy? I read somewhere this works really well.
By Robyn Fed from Hampton, TN
I don't think it makes it fluffy, it whitens it. I microwave rice.
In a greased 2-quart casserole with a lid, add 1 cup of rice and 2 cups of cold water. Add 1 tsp. bottled or fresh lemon juice, 1 tsp. salt, pepper to taste, 1 bay leaf, and 1-2 tablespoons of butter and stir. Microwave this for 5 minutes on high, then 15 minutes on medium.
This recipe is based on a 1,000 watt microwave. Cooking time may have to be adjusted, according to the wattage of your microwave.
You can add other spices if you want. At times, I will add cooked onions and red or green bell peppers after it is cooked. Also, add any warmed leftover vegetables. You can also use low-salt chicken broth in place of water for more flavor. Cooked rice can be frozen. (07/14/2009)