If you’ve got a hefty amount of lemons on hand, but don’t know what to do with them, don’t worry. This article will show you different ways to use leftover lemons, from cleaning and preservatives to making lemon sugar. It also includes tips on how to freeze lemon juice. If you can’t make lemonade with all that juice, you can freeze it into ice cube trays and use it.
Best Way to Use Leftover Lemon
Freeze any extra lemons you have.
We started freezing lemons after slicing those that I knew my family wouldn’t be able to use. In a glass of water, fresh lemon slices are so refreshing and wonderful. Like a lemon ice cube, a frozen lemon slice! In fact, putting a fresh lemon slice in your water has the same effect.
I actually chopped them up and frozen all of my lemon slices during the summer to keep my drink colder and sweeter.
To make a lemon tea, combine all ingredients in a teapot.
When it comes to breaking down mucus during cold and flu season, nothing beats lemon. Squeeze the lemon juice into a cup of hot water with a dash of , and you’ve got yourself a sore throat cure!
Get rid of foul breath once and for all.
Squeeze a small amount of lemon juice into a small amount of water and swish it about in your mouth for a couple of seconds. I understand that some people dislike the flavor of plain lemon juice, and DO IT IF YOU CAN!!! Then, for added freshness, consume the juice. Lemon juice also aids digestion and provides a healthy dose of vitamin C!
Blemishes should be lightened.
If you have pimples or patches on your face that are darkening in pigment, apply lemon juice to them every day until they lighten. Lemon juice’s antioxidant content is believed to aid in the fight against free radicals in the skin.
Discolored elbows, heels, and knees should be bleached.
Simply massage half a lemon over the blemishes and watch them fade away. One word of caution: lemon juice increases sensitivity to sunlight, so don’t go out in the sun after applying it to exposed skin.
Start Your Day Off Right
When you first wake up, drink a glass of lukewarm lemon water to get your day started!
On that chopping board, remove the grease and filth.
Clean wooden cutting boards with additional lemon rinds and a pinch of coarse salt (Kosher). They can quickly devolve into a stinky (and, in some cases, moldy) mess if not properly cared for.
Sprinkle salt liberally over the board, then slice your lemon and rub the salt into the board with it. The salt acts as an abrasive to remove stains, while the lemon juice gives everything a fresh scent.
Dispose of it through the waste disposal.
In addition, we discovered that our garbage disposal adores lemon rinds (Nom, Nom, Nom). Place half a lemon in the garbage disposal after the dishes have been rinsed.
To lightly chop the lemon, run hot water for a few seconds and then run the disposal for a few seconds. Leave the lemon slices in overnight and finish the task the next morning.
Quickly clean your microwave.
Half a lemon’s juice should be squeezed into 1 cup of water in a microwave-safe basin. Microwave on high for 5 minutes.
The lemon juice steam significantly reduces wiping-off time. Wipe off your microwave with a moist towel once cooled for a few minutes. SPARKLING
As a versatile cleaner, use it.
One of my favorite natural cleaners is vinegar.
I use the entire lemon, lemon pieces, or just the peels. Fill a large pint glass halfway with distilled white vinegar, then add the remaining ingredients.
Your vinegar will be infused with lemon after 24 hours. Perfect for wiping down counters, cleaning the stove, and mopping the floor.
Are Lemons Good for you?
Lemons provide many health benefits, especially in lemon peel and lemon juice.
Lemon peel contains lemon oil, making it one of the most useful portions of the lemon. It aids in fat digestion and lymphatic system cleansing (particularly when sick with a cold or flu). It also has immune-boosting qualities and D-limonene, which can aid in cancer prevention.
Lemon juice is a good source of vitamin C, which helps to strengthen your immune system. Start drinking more lemon juice if you think you’re getting a cold. Lemon juice also helps to reduce inflammation, and its sour tang can aid in liver detoxification and bodily cleansing.
How to Freeze Lemon?
Rinse, towel dry, and slice your lemons. Freeze them on a baking sheet coated with plastic wrap. Transfer the slices to a freezer-safe bag and freeze for up to 3 months after solidly frozen (longer in a deep freezer). Lemon slices that have been frozen can be utilized in both summer and winter cocktails. Lemon slices can also be preserved in sugar, but they will stay longer if frozen.
Lemon Zest to Freeze
You should zest your lemons before juicing them. Make sure the Zest (yellow outer skin) is removed, not the bitter white pith beneath. Lemon peel/zest is extremely nutritious and freezes beautifully. Transfer the lemon zest to a freezer-safe container or a loosely packed mason jar with a lid, then scoop it out and use it in any recipe that asks for lemon zest.
Keeping the lemon zest makes buying organic lemons worthwhile. If you have non-organic or waxed lemons, you may wish to de-wax them first (the wax is deemed acceptable for ingestion).
Lemon Juice (fresh)
Lemon juice can be kept in the refrigerator for two weeks before losing its vibrancy and freshness. Use it in salsas, cocktails, or any dish that calls for lemon juice by storing it in a glass mason jar. It also makes the most delicious lemonade you’ll ever taste!
Why are Lemon Peels Beneficial?
Lemons are a multipurpose, natural cleaning, beauty, and cooking ingredient. They smell and taste amazing but also have antibacterial characteristics, making them ideal for germ fighting. Because of its low pH, Lemon juice is ideal for beauty and personal care, and when applied directly to the skin, it helps lighten age and sunspots. Citric acid, abundant in lemons, is excellent for general disinfection and cleaning. Lemons contain citric acid, destroying bacteria and mold and removing soap scum and mineral deposits.
Is Lemon Water Beneficial to your Health?
One of the newest health crazes is lemon and flavored water, which is fantastic! People drink lemon water first in the morning to hydrate, feel good, get a decent dose of vitamin C, and enhance digestive health. Lemon water is made using 8 ounces of filtered water and 1/2 lemon, freshly squeezed. You can also save time by putting frozen lemon ice cubes in a glass of water.
How to Make Lemon Drizzle Slices?
- 70 g unsalted butter, softened
- 120 grams of caster sugar
- 2 eggs (medium)
- 140g flour (self-rising)
- 1 tblsp baking soda
- zest, finely grated a single lemon
- 1 tablespoon of lemon curd
- 2 tbsp milk (full-fat)
- To make the drizzle:
- 30 g sugar juice (granulated) a single lemon
- To make the icing for the feathers, mix together the icing sugar and
- icing sugar (250 g)
- 3 tbsp water + a smidgeon of yellow food coloring
STEP 1 Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius/160 degrees Celsius fan/gas. 4. Use baking parchment to line a 20 x 20cm square baking tin.
STEP 2 Cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until pale, light, and fluffy. Mix in the eggs once more. Combine the flour, baking powder, lemon zest, lemon curd, and milk in a mixing bowl with a wooden spoon until fully blended. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean, after pouring the ingredients into the prepared tray.
STEP 3 Combine the sugar and lemon juice in a mixing bowl, then pour over the warm cake. Allow cooling completely in the tin. You can eat the cake plain or top it with this feather frosting for a more upscale look.
STEP 4 Combine the icing sugar and a small amount of water to make a runny but not watery icing. In a separate bowl, place a small amount of frosting. Add a few drops of food coloring to make the icing pale yellow. Fill a disposable icing bag halfway with the mixture.
STEP 5 Peel the baking parchment off the cake and remove it from the tin. Place the cake on a wire rack on top of a baking sheet. Apply the white frosting to the top of the cake. Using the colored frosting, thin pipelines across the breadth of the cake. Drag a cocktail stick between the lines in opposite directions to produce a feathered look. Allow it cool completely before cutting into slices.
How to Properly Store Lemon to Keep it Fresh?
Lemons should be kept in the refrigerator. Fresh lemons can be stored in the fridge on a shelf for up to a week.
Put your lemons in a sealed container or a zip-top bag if you want them to last. This will keep lemons fresh for over a month by preventing them from drying out.
If you’ve only used half a lemon, wrap the exposed end in plastic wrap or store it in a tight container. It must, however, be utilized within a few days.
Another easy way to keep lemons fresh is to keep them in a glass jar filled with water. Put all the lemons in a jar, cover them with water, and store them in the refrigerator.
Lemon juice can be stored in the refrigerator for several days. The juice is best utilized in cooking or baking after a few days, but not in fresh lemonade. It’s also possible that it’ll be frozen. Simply pour the juice into ice cube trays, freeze, and store in an airtight container.
Lemon wedges and slices should be stored in a sealed container and used within a week.
Lemons are also ethylene-sensitive. As a result, they should never be kept near ethylene-emitting fruits such as apricots, apples, bananas, or other similar fruits.
Lemons: How Long do they Last?
As we’ve seen, Glad’s Food Storage Bags & Containers may help you preserve lemons for months at a time. When using Glad® Food Protection Products, here’s a simple reference guide to how long your lemons should last.
- Cut lemons in the fridge: 3 to 4 days • Whole lemons in the fridge: up to 21 days
- While lemons can be frozen for up to four months, cut lemons can be frozen for four months.
You’re likely to come into lemons that aren’t always used up if you cook even a little. If you cook frequently, you may waste lemons regularly because you can’t use them up quickly enough. If this is the case, understanding how to use lemons in ways other than cooking will be beneficial. Lemons are one of the few foods with a wide range of applications outside the kitchen, making them an excellent choice for a variety of disinfection chores.
There are many ways to keep your lemons from going bad; the following suggestions are just a few ways you can preserve or use them before tossing them away.