Tropical Cooking with Travel Man: Tips # 2 - Lemon Juice as Taste Enhancer

Lemon Juice as Breath Freshener

Lemonsito or Kalamansi in the Philippines (Photo Source: Ireno Alcala aka travel_man1971)
Lemonsito or Kalamansi in the Philippines (Photo Source: Ireno Alcala aka travel_man1971)

Household Uses of Lemon and Peeling and Juice

If vinegar is scarce at home, lemon peel and its juice can be used as sanitizer and cleaning agent in the kitchen.

As sanitizer, a clean rug with lemon juice can actually make the kitchen surrounding more fresh-smelling and clean as well.

It prevents ants and roaches to wander the preparation area in the kitchen.

Kitchen utensils and dining wares (plates, forks, spoons, drinking glasses, among others) can be thoroughly clean by adding the juice to the water for final washing.

Lemon peeling can also make the wooden appliances shiny and sanitized, too.

From what I've observed at home, I am spared from swatting houseflies buzzing in the kitchen, once I put the lemon peelings at the suitable corner.

Aside from it, my mother used to apply lemon juice at the stained clothing by mixing it with salt and laundry soap. Little by little, the stain often disappears without ruining my clothes.

Cleaning tiles inside your home will not need of expensive cleaning agents by using the effective alternative: lemon juice.

The Importance of Lemon Juice in Filipino Cuisine

Without looking for an additional source to explain the main topic of this hub, enhancing the taste of the cooked food or prepared finger foods at travel man's kitchen only needs a drizzle of lemon juice.

Why lemon juice?

Perhaps, the palate of the tropical islanders called Filipinos (from Philippines) are into organic taste motivator.

From what I've heard from my grandparents, lemon is brought by Mexican traders and it's one of their tropical imports in the country as part of the galleon trade.

Here in Bicol region, most inhabitants intermarried with Spanish-Mexican settlers or the mestizo cultivating lemon trees to the fullest as part of their legacy.

At present the use of lemon in Filipino cuisine can be considered heaven-sent, since it can really give twist to every food preparation and cooking that transpire in every kitchen of Filipino family.

Lemon juice, aside from being prepared as lemonade,(favorite of most children around the world) is used:

  • as marinading agent for meat (pork, beef, chicken) and fish
  • as curing agent
  • as coconut juice enhancer
  • in green salad
  • in fish, meat and vegetable stew or soup
  • candy/sweets preparation

The list is endless since fusion cuisine, nowadays, features imaginative styling and concoction from newly-bred chefs and aspiring cooks.



Lemonsito (Mexican lemon)

Mexican lemon (citrus limon) (Photo Source: Ireno Alcala aka travel_man1971)
Mexican lemon (citrus limon) (Photo Source: Ireno Alcala aka travel_man1971)

Beauty Care with Lemon

From acne, skin dark pigments or freckles, dark elbows,rough knees and armpits, the remaining lemon juice an eradicate your face problem, whiten and soften your skin.

That's what I've learned from my elder sisters since elementary grades, when their budget can't buy the commercial astringent , lotion or facial application.

To make my hair shiny, I usually apply lemon juice before drying off my wet hair after taking a bath.

My sisters further encouraged me to clean my nails with it, too!

Summing it up, lemon juice is a good organic deodorant where you can't even spend a single cent if you happen to grow it at your own backyard!

Lemonade

Date: 3 May 2008, 13:21:43 Source:originally posted to Flickr as Lemonade (Lime version) Author:Michael Fludko
Date: 3 May 2008, 13:21:43 Source:originally posted to Flickr as Lemonade (Lime version) Author:Michael Fludko | Source

Taking Care of our Health through Lemon Juice

The advice of my high school classmate still reverberated in my ear.

He said, he used to drink a tablespoon of lemon juice every morning after gargling water for fresh breath and to lessen stomach upset before eating his breakfast.

It also helps eradicate my garlic-flavored breath after eating spicy meals.

Instead of drinking coffee, why not drink two or three tablespoon of lemon juices to lessen your hangover. I do.

To lessen my sore throat, I usually prepare and lemonada tiva or hot lemonade with salt added (instead of sugar). Much more if I have a fever and cold, too.

How to make a Lemon Sorbet

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: Serves 4 people six ounces of lemon sorbet

Ingredients

  • 1cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup sugar, white, refined
  • 1cup water

Instructions

  1. Pour water and sugar into a pan then boil, stirring constantly in a moderate heat.
  2. After boiling for 15 minutes, let it cool.
  3. Store in the refrigerator's freezer to solidify.

Lemon sorbet

Date -17 July 2009, 14:07 Source -Pied à Terre, Fitzrovia, London Uploaded by tm Author -Ewan Munro from London, UK
Date -17 July 2009, 14:07 Source -Pied à Terre, Fitzrovia, London Uploaded by tm Author -Ewan Munro from London, UK | Source

Calories in Lemon Sorbet

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 6 ounces
Calories 75
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Carbohydrates 19 g6%
Sugar 45 g
Sodium 30 mg1%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Zesty Sweets

Lemon zest or rind and its juice further enhance the flavor of egg custard I usually cook on board ship.

My senior Greek chef also gave me an idea to make zesty sweets instead of throwing it into the garbage can.

Come Christmas time, lemon peelings are additional taste enhancer to the fruitcake I usually bake which can also compete with the commercial ones we used to order.

Sprinkle it with red wine mixed with lemon juice, it will also prolong its shelf life if you make it three months before Christmas Eve or the New Year's celebration where it is usually served.

How can you extract more lemon juice?

That's the question I asked my father on how to get more juice from the lemon he asked me to cut as it will add more zest to the soya sauce where he used to dip the fried fish for lunch.

Well, after chewing his food and drank water for a pause, he also asked me if I saw my mother putting several lemons every time the boiled rice is already half-done.

It dawned on me that the purpose of heating lemons is to extract more juice, if you needed more for culinary use.

While on board ship, I also learned that by rolling the lemon at the preparation table with moderate force, I can easily peel it and more juice will be extracted from it, too!

Lemon Jelly

Description :Aiyu lemon jelly, Shilin Night Market Picture taken by User:(WT-shared) Jpatokal. Date: 22 August 2007 (original upload date) Source:Own work Author: (WT-shared) Jpatokal at wts wikivoyage Location: Taiwan
Description :Aiyu lemon jelly, Shilin Night Market Picture taken by User:(WT-shared) Jpatokal. Date: 22 August 2007 (original upload date) Source:Own work Author: (WT-shared) Jpatokal at wts wikivoyage Location: Taiwan | Source

Nutritional facts and more about Lemon

The following facts for lemons are based from the data gathered by Wikipedia contributors.

The average lemon contains approximately 3 tablespoons (50 mL) of juice. Lemons and limes have particularly high concentrations of citric acid, which can constitute as much as 8% of the dry weight of these fruits (about 47 g/L in the juices); the juice of the lemon is about 5% to 6% citric acid. These values vary depending on the cultivar and the circumstances in which the fruit was grown.

Lemons left unrefrigerated for long periods of time are susceptible to mold.

HOW TO MAKE LIMONCELLO - AUTHENTIC SICILIAN LIMONCELLO RECIPE FROM SICILY c/o bowhunter2439

Limoncello Bottles in Capri, Italy

Description : Limoncello bottles, Capri, Italy Date :September 2008 Source :Own work Author :Jorge Royan
Description : Limoncello bottles, Capri, Italy Date :September 2008 Source :Own work Author :Jorge Royan | Source

Hot Water plus Lemon Juice

Lemon juice draws the attention of many health buffs as they make it a routine to drink hot water with lemon juice every morning.

The purpose is to basically loss weight without the aid of medicine or skipping meals.

It also acts a diuretic agent or eradicating poisonous liquid wastes from your body.

Even you don't boil herbal concoction for medical purposes,such as this,lemon water as they call it now can be your liquid agent in maintaining a healthy life.

Therefore, lemon juice is so important in our lives by totally providing comfort without spending too much money in order to attain it.

More Facts About Lemons

To know more about Lemons and its many varieties, don't just rely on my hub.

Lemon, being used in many scientific studies for industrial purposes will also mean more jobs in the future.

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12 comments

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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

Wonderful hub about how Lemon can be used in so many different ways!

Lemon indeed is a great gift of Mother Nature to us. I include it in my diet everyday.

I loved the idea of preparing Lemon Jelly. I have not done it before.

Very well written and useful hub. Voted up and pinned!


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Wow! I have to review my personal use of the lemon, and make plans to use it more generously. Thank you for this list of uses and explanation. Voted Up!


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travel_man1971 2 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@ChitrangadaSharan: Thank you so much for appreciating my research and personal experiences regarding Lemons.

Yes, you better make that Lemon Jelly, too!

My sister used to make it as our dessert when I was still in elementary grade.

Citrus fruits abound in the Philippines, that's why lemons are so cheap that an innovative ideas for food preservation are really needed.


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travel_man1971 2 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@MsDora: It's not too late to review your lists, Ms. D! Lemons are simply becoming an useful ingredient in every food we eat, aside from drinking its juice.

Thanks for dropping by.


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Kathryn Stratford 2 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

Voted up and shared! I like hearing about natural uses of lemon. I don't have any in my backyard, but I buy them every so often, because they're cheap and handy.

I haven't seen you in a while, so it's nice to read your newest post!

I enjoyed the background history information, the way you made it a little personal, the photos, the video you provided, links to other sites, and the recipes. A little bit of everything!

Have a great weekend.

~ Kathryn


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travel_man1971 2 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Kathryn Stratford: Hi, there, Ms. Kathryn! I seldom write hubs , nowadays because of my job (and the budget, as well, hehe!).

Oftentimes, we ignore the uses of lemons, aside from taking in its juice.

I hope, I did justice with all the information provided in this hub.

Thanks for dropping by.


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Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

I always use lemonsito at home, from drinks to having it as a flavour in my cake. Thanks for sharing this very informative hub. Voted this up and useful.


Jan Withington 2 years ago

Hi, did you mean lime?

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travel_man1971 2 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@ Thelma Alberts: I am practicing what I shared here. I squeezed a tablespoon of lemon juice in the morning after I gurgled. It's a natural breath freshener and it's also have a pleasant effect in our stomach.

Thanks for the hub-visit. :)


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travel_man1971 2 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Jan Withington: It's not lime, it's kalamansi.


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Elsie Hagley 23 months ago from New Zealand

Lemons are always great to have in the kitchen.

Even the pests love them in NZ, the possums eat the skin and leave the flesh of the lemon on the tree for me Arrrgh.

Did you know that putting a lemon in the microwave for 5 seconds, the juice will flow when squeezed very easy?

Thanks for a interesting hub on lemons.


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travel_man1971 23 months ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Elsie Hagley: Thanks for adding an info with this hub. Yes, my mom usually put lemons atop cooked rice to squeeze more juice from it. My co-chefs and I developed a technique by rolling the lemons on the preparation table (during our catering cooking demo) in order to squeeze more juice from lemons. It worked !

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