Lemons are most popular in late summer, but are readily available all year long. Beloved by European cooks and young lemonade stand entrepreneurs, they have a wide variety of uses. They enhance food flavors, add tang to drinks and dressings, brighten home decoration, and are a natural cleaning and health agent. Here are some great ways to use lovely lemons in your kitchen.
First things first – start by choosing lemons that are bright yellow in color and have a shine to their skin. Select lemons that are as thin-skinned as possible and heavy for their size, because they will produce the most juice!
10 tips for using Lovely Lemons in your kitchen:
- Lemons are packed with vitamin C and are great natural anti-oxidants. Add them to your iced tea, cola, water, and other drinks to pack extra vitamin punch.
- To get the most juice from a fresh lemon be sure it’s warm (room temp or microwave for a few seconds). Then use your palm to roll the lemon on the countertop a few times, cut it lengthwise, and squeeze!
- Lemons make beautiful centerpieces and add decorative color to any room. Slice lemons and put them in the water of a clear vase for added beauty to your flowers.
- Store fresh lemon zest (for months) in the freezer until you’re ready to use it.
- Keep your lemons in the refrigerator – they’ll last up to a week longer.
- Sprinkle lemon juice over fresh fruit to prevent discoloration – great for fruit salad.
- Zest is a fragrant and flavorful addition to any recipe that calls for lemon juice.
- Lemon + olive oil + garlic make for a quick salad dressing or base for other dressing additions.
- For extra cleaning power, rub lemon on your wood chopping board (or copper sink). Allow it to dry, then rinse.
- Got ants – lemon juice is a natural deterrent.
Zesty recipes you’ll want to pucker up for!
Try any of these recipes or make all three for your next dinner party – fresh and lovely lemons add fragrance, taste and beauty to each!