Luscious Lemons

Lemons are amazing! They work on both the inside and outside of our bodies in so many ways.

If sprinkled with water and refrigerated in plastic bags, lemons (as well as limes) will last a month or more frozen. Both their juices and grated peels last about four months. Look for lemons with the smoothest skin and the smallest points of each end. They have more juice and better flavor.

Also, submerging a lemon in hot water for fifteen minutes before squeezing it will yield almost twice the amount of juice. Or, try warming lemons in your oven for a few minutes before squeezing them. If you need only a few drops of juice, prick one end with a fork and squeeze the desired amount. Refrigerate the remaining lemon and it will be as good as new.

Lemons will keep longer in the refrigerator if you place them in a clean jar, cover them with cold water and seal the jar well.

After using one half of a lemon, store the other half in the freezer in a plastic baggie.

When lemon is used for a flavoring it tends to mask the craving for salt.

Make your stainless steel sink sparkle by rubbing it gently with lemon and salt.

The lemon is actually a type of berry called a hesperidium.

Did You Know?

Lemons stored in a sealed jar of water will produce twice the juice.

Nice White Teeth With Lemons?

Some swear by this; however, we have not tried this and you may wish to double check with your dentist before attempting this whitening effect. After squeezing the juice of a lemon, use the left over rind to rub on your teeth and gums to whiten and strengthen them. This is also a good skin cleanser and softener; simply rub the rind over the facial areas desired, let stand for 5 minutes and rinse with tepid water. Eating an apple with the skin has the same effect of disinfecting the tooth and massages the gum.

Kill Aphids

Mix four teaspoons lemonade powdered drink mix and two cups water in a sixteen ounce trigger spray bottle. Spray the mixture on plant leaves being attacked by aphids. The limonoids in the mixture kill the pests. You can use lemon juice in place of the lemon drink mix, if preferred.

Basic Cold Cream

This recipe gives you a basic cold cream, which you can add to as you like with scented oils.

  • 1 egg yolk, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

Combine egg yolk and lemon juice and stir with a wire whisk, gradually adding oils until mixture thickens. If it’s too thick, add more lemon juice.

Lemons Clean, Disinfect & Kill Germs

Soak dishcloth overnight in a bowl of water and a few drops of lemon to disinfect and kill germs.

To clean and increase shelf life of fresh fruit, fill a bowl with cool water and 2 to 6 drops of lemon. Drop washed fruit into the water and stir.

Keep your sink sponge smelling fresh by pouring a little lemon on it after each use.

Use 1 to 2 drops lemon to remove gum, oil, glue, adhesive or crayon from most surfaces.

Cold Cream

A good, inexpensive moisturizer.

  • 1 egg yolk, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

Combine the egg yolk and lemon juice in a small mixing bowl. Stirring constantly with a wire whisk, gradually add both oils until the mixture thickens. If too thick, add more lemon juice.

Zesty Limes

This small, lemon-shaped citrus fruit has a thin green skin and a juicy, pale green pulp. Limes grow in tropical and subtropical climes such as Mexico, California, Florida and the Caribbean. Because they’re an excellent source of vitamin C, limes were fed to British sailors as a scurvy preventative (the fact that was the springboard for the pejorative nickname “limey”).

The two main varieties are the Persian lime (the most widely available in the United States) and the Key lime from Florida. The latter is smaller, rounder and has a color more yellow than green. Outside of Florida, the Key lime is usually found only in specialty produce markets and some supermarkets that carry gourmet produce. Though Persian limes are available year-round, their peak season is from May through August.

Sweetened or unsweetened bottled lime juice, as well as frozen lime juice and limeade are some of the more popular lime products and are available in most supermarkets.

The versatile lime has a multitude of uses, from a sprightly addition to mixed drinks (like margaritas), to a marinade for raw fish dishes (such as seviche), to the famous key lime pie.

Limes originated on the island of Tahiti. The Key Lime is a smaller variety with a higher acid content. The California variety is called Bears and is a seedless variety.

Lemons and Limes Together

You can substitute 1/2 teaspoon vinegar (any kind) for 1 teaspoon lemon or lime juice in a recipe.

Lemon-lime is a common carbonated soft drink flavor, consisting of lemon and lime flavoring. Sprite and 7 Up are the most popular examples.

To get just a few drops of juice from a lemon or lime, prick one end with a fork or toothpick and squeeze. The fruit can be refrigerated and used again.

Lemon-lime soft drinks are typically clear and sometimes can be mistaken for carbonated water, but are usually sold in transparent green bottles to make the distinction clearer. Over time, the popularity of lemon-lime soft drinks has grown.

The lemon-lime flavor is also used in many other food products, such as ice pops, lollipops, and jelly beans.

Lemon and lime peelings may cause skin irritation on susceptible persons. They contain the oil limonene.

After Bath Splash

A refreshing citrus scented lotion.

1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
3 teaspoons lemon extract
Juice of 1 lime

In a small bowl, combine the alcohol, lemon extract and lime juice. Shake well. Transfer to a covered jar and store in the refrigerator. Yield: 5 ounces.

Homemade Juicer

Gently squeeze cut citrus fruits over an inverted cup, using a saucer to catch the juice. A demitasse cup works best for lemons.

Put the halved fruit in a sealed plastic bag and squeeze it between the hinges of a door. Try pliers or a nutcracker.

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