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.
- 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.
- Squeeze some lemon juice on fish, the only accompaniment that fresh fish needs.
- Preserve them: Sweet tooths will like lemon butter or curd, while savoury types may prefer to preserve them with salt the Moroccan way.
- Freeze the juice in ice cube trays for later use. The juice can also be used to make lemon cordial and home-made lemonade.
- Once the juice is frozen, the skins can be candied for use in cakes.
- 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.
- Soak a lemon in lukewarm water. Squeeze out the skin and discard. Use as a hair rinse after shampooing.
- For a sore throat, make up a mixture of lemon juice, sage tea and honey and gargle before going to bed.
- Use half a lemon dipped in salt to clean brassware. A lemon can also be used to clean silver.
- A few drops of lemon juice will shine shoes.
This list is far from exhaustive. Do you have a tip for using lemons that you would like to share?
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