Uses Of Citrus Fruits: Lemon and Calamansi
Got lots of lemons? If you have a lemon tree, a lime or a calamansi tree, you probably has a lot of citrus fruits stocked in your kitchen. And either you pick lemons from the tree or let them fall off the ground instead, you still gonna end up with a lot of citrus fruits. You might as well pick them up and use them instead of letting those fruits go to waste.
Either both are good source of C vitamin and is good for making lemonades. And if there's something we are abundant of in the kitchen, that would be the lemon and the calamansi fruit. How do we use it? If you could only think of lemonade to use lemons, here's some other ways we used our lemons and calamansi.
1. Using lemons as sink deodorizer and disinfectant. There would be a time where we would have lots of lemons and we can't used them all, letting them sit on the kitchen tops and some on the fridge, a day would come where we would noticed they were overripe. But it would be a waste throwing them out so I would squeeze and rub the juice into the sink, leaving it for few minutes before rinsing.
And the rest? I would use a scissor, rid of the seeds, cutting the peels into tiny bits so it won't be much of a work for the sink grinder to grind it.
2. Lemon and honey. An alternative remedy my mom uses to deal with cough or to prevent an oncoming cough. She would squeeze an equal amount of lemon with honey, either a tablespoon of both or two tablespoon to a glass of warm water.
3. Marinade. Another common use of lemon to our household is for marinade. Instead of using vinegar, we prefer using lemons. With lemon and soy sauce together, it makes a good Filipino adobo and we usually marinade it overnight for the flavor to sink in into the meat. adobo
Which of the three you use the most?
4. Disinfecting cutting boards. Another good way of using lemons is to disinfect cutting boards. I either used vinegar or lemon juice. After all that fish or meat chopping and cutting, you may want to disinfect your cutting board by using lemon juice. What I do is washed the boards with warm soapy water first, rinsed it and then I would squeeze lemon juice into the boards and set it aside for few hours before rinsing it one last time.
5. Either lemon, or calamansi is my favorite sauce for fried fish. I would squeeze a calamansi, add a pinch of salt and it makes a great sauce (well, for me.) But for my mom or dad, they would add chilli in it, just like the way they like it and sometimes minced garlic and chopped parsely.
6. A way to lighten the skin specially dark underarms. Calamansi has been known in the Philippines to naturally whiten underarms, and even elbows and knees. Growing up, I also had seen my dad uses the fruit as deodorant as well. To use the calamansi, squeeze the fruit and dub the juice into the area, leaving it about 15 to 30 minutes before rinsing.
7. Calamansi to treat dandruff problems and as conditioner. Using the fruit as a hair conditioner will leave hair softer. I had used it many times and it works. It is also a natural way of treating dandruff problems. Using a cloth to wrap the calamansi before squeezing the juice out would keeps the pulps and seeds into getting in your hair and scalp.
8. Lemon rind for recipes. The lemon rind has also been an ingredient to some of the dishes I enjoy. I specially enjoy the broiled chicken and adding some rinds on tilapia fillets along with garlic salt, and ground pepper.