Can we think of anything more essential in the kitchen than fresh lemons? This sour citrus is your culinary BFF to boost your recipes and make your handiwork shine. Also, did you the fresh scent of lemon juice is a natural antidepressant? Check out our top tips of how to use these handy fruits in the kitchen everyday:
- Add lemon juice to green vegetable or herb purees like pesto to keep the color brilliant– even on leftover day.
- Cut the salt in half in the pasta salad and toss noodles with lemon juice for low sodium flavor.
- Perk up basic baked goods like sugar cookies and angel food cake with a few tsp of lemon zest.
- Pour salt into a squeezed out lemon half and place in the back of your fridge for a natural deodorizer.
- Half a lemon, dip in kosher salt, and use to scrub away tarnish on copper cookware.
- Wash and freeze thin slices of lemon to use in place of ice cubes in water glasses and pitchers.
- Dress a simple side salad with olive oil and lemon juice as the perfect accompaniment to any meal.
- Toss 1 cup of fresh lemon zest with 1/3 cup black peppercorns. Bake for an hour at 200 degrees till dried and place in a mill for lemon pepper seasoning anytime!
- Pack a couple lemon peels into a spray bottle and cover with white vinegar for a safe and healthy kitchen cleaner.
Photograph by Stacey Gerasole