Tuesday, 18 December 2007

10 Things To Do With Lemons

It is not quite lemon season here yet, although my lemon tree is laden with green fruit. In a month or two I should have a bumper crop.

One of the lovely things about lemons is that they can be left on the tree for months to be picked only as needed.

Lemon trees are also resilient; last year I had to cut the tree back severely due to a bad infestation of gall wasp yet one would never guess to look at it now.

My Kitchen Tip Tuesday post this week is 10 things that can be done with lemons. Some are fairly obvious, others more obscure.

  1. Make a sweet treat: think lemon coconut slice, lemon tart, Moroccan lemon cake, lemon syrup cake, melting moments with lemon cream, lemon delicious pudding (an Aussie fave)or lemon meringue pie.
  2. Squeeze some lemon juice on fish, the only accompaniment that fresh fish needs.
  3. Preserve them: Sweet tooths will like lemon butter or curd, while savoury types may prefer to preserve them with salt the Moroccan way.
  4. Freeze the juice in ice cube trays for later use. The juice can also be used to make lemon cordial and home-made lemonade.
  5. Once the juice is frozen, the skins can be candied for use in cakes.
  6. Make a room deodoriser: Mix the juice of one lemon with 1L strong tea. Strain and store in an old spray bottle. Spray into rooms to make them smell fresh.
  7. Soak a lemon in lukewarm water. Squeeze out the skin and discard. Use as a hair rinse after shampooing.
  8. For a sore throat, make up a mixture of lemon juice, sage tea and honey and gargle before going to bed.
  9. Use half a lemon dipped in salt to clean brassware. A lemon can also be used to clean silver.
  10. A few drops of lemon juice will shine shoes.
The first five tips are my own, the last five come from from Smith, The Hardtimes Handbook, 1999.
This list is far from exhaustive. Do you have a tip for using lemons that you would like to share?
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15 comments:

Lis said...

Freeze it in 1/2 slices and then you can pop it into drinks.
Also make some of Rhonda's Lemon cordial :)

Niki RuralWritings said...

Lemon juice and salt combined to scrub wooden cutting boards, kills bacteria and makes a lovely smell!

Donna said...

Great tips for using lemons! I didn't know there were so many!
Thanks!
Donna :)

Jen said...

Hi Kate, Thanks for sharing the wonderful tips for using lemons. I like to cut them up and place in a bowl of water and microwave for five minutes. It loosens the grim that gathers and makes your microwave easier to clean, not to memtion smell really good!
Thank you for the award. You are so sweet. Have a great day.
Hugs~Jen

Mrs. Mordecai said...

How lovely to have a lemon tree! Your tips make my mouth water. I absolutely love lemon on fish, and lemon curd is to die for! I can't wait to try preserving some the Moroccan way!

Shell said...

We use lemon juice straight up as a salad dressing, and my husband is Greek so we also love chicken and lamb marinated in lemon juice, olive oil, oregano and garlic. It is such a beautiful taste combination.

Shell.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Oh, how interesting, I have just been inspired this week to try a Meyer's lemon tree in my house. I really think I'll give it a go next year. One of my neighbors made the most delicious key lime pie & was telling me she has lemon & lime trees.

Rhoda

Our Red House said...

Lis, I like the idea of freezing lemon slices. Thanks. Lemon cordial is very popular around here too.

Niki, good suggestion. I think I'll try that.

Jen, another good idea. I put a cup of water in the microwave to steam it up before cleaning but next time I'll add lemon. Thanks.

Ooh, Shell, I didn't think of Greek marinades but you are right, lemon, herbs, garlic and olive oil are a match made in heaven.

Donna and Mrs Mordecai, thank you for your comments.

Rhoda, if you live somewhere lemons will grow, I highly recommend growing one. They really are the most versatile fruit.

Kate xxx

Jane said...

Excellent tips! I like the room spray. It would be neat to get a recipe for candied lemon peels - (hint hint :) )

My tip with Lemons would be:

I love to eat lemons raw. Cut in half and salt - enjoy~! UMMMMM


Blessings,
~Jane

Rosehaven Cottage said...

Such great tips! I've got a tree bursting with lemons so this is a very timely and helpful post for me. Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

Sabine said...

Oh, it must be wonderful to have a lemon tree!
And nice tips!
I haven't forgotten about being tagged, still working on it...

River said...

Use squeezed out lemon halves to soften and whiten elbows. Simply sit each elbow in a lemon half for about half an hour,while blogging perhaps, then rinse off and apply lotion.

~M said...

We put bits of "used" lemon down the disposal to freshen it.

welshman said...

Here is a great drink.....

Wash 2 large lemons, cut them into quarters and put into an electric blender, (peel included) with a litre or so of water and some sweetener.
Blend until smooth.
Put through a sieve to retain the liquid only.
Add more sweetener or water as required and refrigerate.

welshman said...

Here is a great drink.....

Wash 2 large lemons, cut them into quarters and put into an electric blender, (peel included) with a litre or so of water and some sweetener.
Blend until smooth.
Put through a sieve to retain the liquid only.
Add more sweetener or water as required and refrigerate.