When Life Gives You Lemons Try These Useful Tips
Handy Tips For Using Lemons
5 Interesting Facts About Lemons
Let's begin with a few facts about this popular and healthy tangy yellow fruit:
- The majority of our nation's lemons come from California. In 1849, (the "Goldrush Days"), the gold rushers planted an abundance of lemon trees. They found that the lemon fruits were a natural remedy for scurvy. (Scurvy is a disease caused by insufficient vitamin C)
- The average lemon contains approximately 3 tablespoons (50 mL) of juice.
- Allowing lemons to come to room temperature before squeezing (or heating briefly in a microwave) makes the juice easier to extract.
- Lemons left unrefrigerated for long periods of time are susceptible to mold.
- The low pH of juice in lemons makes it antibacterial, (killing or slows down the growth of bacteria.).
Discovering Gold and Planting Lemon Trees
Gold Mining Country
Surprising Uses For Lemons
- To quickly sanitize a cutting board, just rub salt into it with a wedge of lemon.
- To keep guacamole and apple slices from turning brown quickly, just sprinkle on some lemon juice to keep them from oxidating.
- No one likes the smell of bleach or other cleaning materials on the hands. All you have to do to remove the smell is to pour lemon juice over them and rinse.
- If you're having trouble extracting juice from a lemon, roll it on the counter under your hand, heat it in the microwave for 10 seconds and then insert a toothpick. The juice will dribble right out.
- Reduce skin pigmentation (brown spots) by applying lemon to skin.
A halved lemon dipped in salt or baking powder can be used to brighten copper cookware. The acid dissolves the tarnish and the abrasives assist the cleaning.
- As a sanitary kitchen deodorizer, lemon juice can deodorize, remove grease, bleach stains, and disinfect.
- When mixing lemon juice with baking soda, it can remove stains from plastic food storage containers. (One of my pet peeves.)
Lemon and Blossom
Science Education Featuring The Lemon
A popular science experiment in schools involves attaching electrodes to a lemon and using it as a battery to produce electricity. Although very low power, several lemon batteries can power a small digital watch. These experiments also work with other fruits and vegetables.
Lemon Peels for The Fireplace
You no longer have to use newspapers (or burn bills) to use as kindling in the fireplace. The best thing to use is the peelings from lemons. Yes, that's right, and if you prefer, you can also use orange peels.
These wonderful citrus fruit peelings smell delicious when they burn and also contain oils that not only make them burn longer but help ignite the wood around them.
And they produce less creosote than paper which will help to keep your chimney clean.
A woman was applying for a job in a Florida lemon grove.
When the foreman looked over her application, he felt she was far too qualified for the job.
"Look, Miss Carter," said the foreman, "do you have any actual experience in picking lemons?"
"Oh, yes, I certainly do," she replied. "I've been divorced four times."
Three Classic Tips For Using Lemons
You'll be adding lemons to your shopping list after discovering these classic tips:
- Fluff up Your Rice. When cooking your rice, just add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice for every quart of water. Your rice will be fluffier.
- Freshen Your Lettuce. Oh dear. Friends are coming over for dinner and the lettuce has been in the crisper too long. It's wilted. What to do? Just dip it in a bowl of cold water along with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Let it sit for about 5-10 minutes. It will be as good as fresh.
- For a nice light, weightless cake - add a dash or two of lemon juice to the butter and sugar mixture. It's just that easy.
Goodbye To Mineral Deposits and Microwave Stains.
I don't like mineral deposits that build up on my nice shiny faucet. As soon as I see this happening, I cut a lemon into quarters and shove one quarter up into the faucet until it sticks. I leave it there for about 10 minutes, then twist the wedge out. Then I repeat with the remaining lemon quarters until the deposits are gone.
I also found an easy way to remove stubborn stains and smells from my microwave. I simply place a bowl of water with lemon slices inside the microwave and heat on high for six minutes. Then let it stand for a few minutes more and remove the contents from the microwave.
Follow by wiping the inside of the microwave with a soft cloth and the stains come right out and the odor is gone.
A Nostalgic Song - Lemon Tree
We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons.”
Alfred E. Neuman
Gargle With Lemon Juice To Soothe A Sore Throat
Lemons are Also Great For:
- Soothing a scratchy throat. Gargle with one part lemon juice and one part warm water. Be sure to repeat this several times during the day. The lemon helps fight bacteria and soothes the throat.
- Got brown spots on your skin? You can slough off dead skin and brighten what's underneath by rubbing lemon juice on the spot. Let it dry, then rub vigorously with a washcloth.
- To whiten your fingernails. Simply rub a wedge of lemon on the nails. (Grandma taught me this trick.)
- Highlight your hair without using chemicals. As a child, I was a blonde. My hair turned brown at 12 yrs of age. My mother tried to keep me a blonde by washing my hair with lemon juice. When that didn't work she decided to try to "streak" it and it worked.
She cut a lemon into quarters or eights, then cut a slit in the middle, (as if you were going to put the wedge on the rim of a glass.) Then she washed my hair as usual and while it's still wet, placed a strand of my hair in the slit, starting at the scalp and running the wedge down to the tips of my hair. Then she would sit me outside in the direct sunlight until my hair dried. I had the most lovely blonde highlights. Sometimes she would repeat the process in one week to make the streaks even brighter.
- Forget about spending money on facial toners and astringents. All you have to do is dab lemon juice on your face with a cotton ball and it will tighten your pores and also prevent blemishes . Be sure to use it in the morning and the smell of lemon will help you wake up.
Lemons will break down fatty acids
Thank You For Being Here
I hope you have enjoyed this article and have found these tips useful. Please feel free to add your own tips for using lemons in the comments section below.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2012 Audrey Hunt