The women in my family have been big collectors of kitchen and cooking tips, tricks and recipes for years. Some from my grandmother are almost 100 years old! I can spend hours going through all of the little books and envelopes they have amassed over the years, stuffed with cut outs from old magazines, handwritten notes and scraps of paper from friends and family. One thing I’ve discovered through sharing some of my lemon recipes – I have a lot of fellow lemon lovers! I pulled together 15 fun facts, tips and ideas all about lemons.
One of the awesome, amazing and fabulous things about lemons – they’re always in season! Pucker up and let’s talk a little liquid sunshine!
1. You can get 2-3 tablespoons of juice and about 2-3 teaspoons of grated peel from an average sized lemon.
2. Lemons will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to six weeks and at room temperature for two weeks.
3. You can get more juice out a lemon that’s at room temperature. Use the palm of your hand to roll the lemon on a table or countertop before cutting.
4. Want to use just a little juice from a lemon but don’t want to cut up the whole fruit? Roll the lemon on a table or countertop until it’s pliable and poke a hole in one end with a toothpick. Squeeze for juice, stick the toothpick back in the hole and keep the lemon in the refrigerator.
5. Lemon slices make great garnishes on just about anything! If you use just half of a lemon for a recipe, slice up the other half and make anything look and smell great.
6. The juice from a lemon keeps bananas, apples, avocados and other fresh fruit from turning dark for hours!
7. Need buttermilk and don’t have any? If you have a lemon, you can make your own! Add one tablespoon of lemon juice with enough milk to make one cup. Let stand for 5 minutes. You’ve got buttermilk!
8. Try substituting lemon juice in some recipes that call for vinegar.
9. Make cakes, cupcakes, puddings and other desserts pretty with a topping of grated lemon peel.
10. Make a lemon swizzle stick! Cut a thick slice of lemon, make a slit or an X in the bottom of the slice and insert a popsicle stock or lollipop stick. You can also freeze it, if you want to! Great for iced tea, lemonade or other drinks.
11. Glam up a lemon wedge garnish! Dip the edge of the lemon in parsley, pepper, cinnamon or whatever is the predominant spice in your dish.
12. Freeze strips of lemon in ice cubes – it makes the drink look pretty and adds flavor.
13. Whole lemons in bowls look and smell wonderful! Put them in your kitchen, your dining room or even in the bathroom! I guess they don’t make lemon scented cleaning products for nothing!
14. Lemon shells make adorable and fun serving “dishes” for ice cream, fruit, sorbets or for dips and sauces. Cut a lemon in half, juice and clean out all of the fruit. Notch the edges of the lemon half for a fancy presentation!
15. Insert rows of whole cloves into a lemon and make slices between the cloves. Use clove-studded lemon slices in cups of hot tea. Nice!
I have to say, I love #10 on the list and am excited to make a pile of frozen lemon swizzle sticks! I SO wanted to make a lemon swizzle stick – and of course, realized I am totally out of lollipop sticks. I’ll get some lemon swizzle sticks made, perhaps for a drink I found in one of my Nanie’s books. What other tips, trick or ideas do you have for using lemons? I’m going to add all the ideas to the list! Just to end on a fun note – have to share my totally fun, new lemon shaped cutting board that I found at Target. Love it! Now I can cut my lemons ON a lemon….oh, the little things that can make me happy!
Thanks so much for visiting and if life hands you lemons today – make a swizzle stick!
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