What to do when life gives you lemons: A guide

As we find ourselves in quite cold and dark times, it’s only natural to feel tired and lacking energy or motivation. It’s during these times that it’s more important than ever to remember to nourish your body and mind with foods that boost your mood and immune system. Luckily, we have the tips for you to carry into the new year, that'll hopefully bring you more energy and a lower food waste at the same time!



Today, we’re going to give you a complete guide on different creative ways of using your lemons or various citrus fruits to get the most out of them! Whether it's a perfectly ripe or older lemon, there are numerous ways to use this nutritious fruit! So let's start off with the health benefits.


Lemons are filled with;

  • Vitamin C

  • Calcium

  • Potassium

  • Antioxidants

  • Fiber

Among other things!


Helping your body with;

  • Maintaining the cholesterol level

  • Detoxifying and clearing out the skin

  • Preventing common teeth related problems

  • Maintaining good bone health

  • Reducing the risk of cancer

And overall contributing to giving your body a natural nutritional boost!


Here’s a few tips of how to use these little gems;


Zesting!

Many people tend to juice their lemon and then throw out the remaining peel without knowing that lemon peel actually contains 5-10 times more vitamins than the juice itself. Therefore before using your lemon, always zest the peel completely to make sure you’re getting those vitamins that you would otherwise miss out on. Freeze the zest and use it another time for baking, marinades, drinks, or dressings! Another delicious way to use the peel is through mixing/crushing the zest together with high quality sea salt or kosher salt in order to make a tangy lemon salt to be stored in an airtight container, in a cool and dry place.


Cleaning!

Your lemons can indeed function as natural all-purpose cleaner when it comes to tidying up your kitchen. Cutting boards tend to gather a bunch of bacteria that can easily be washed off with the help of half a lemon and some salt, rubbed together to create a paste-like consistency leaving your cutting boards stain-free after just one rinse. The dynamic duo of lemon and salt also works wonders as an antibacterial polish for your sink and leaves it smelling clean and fresh. Apart from this, you can pop a sliced up lemon, some water, dish soap and baking soda into your blender and mix it in order to rewind the time to when your blender was brand new!


Dehydrating!

We have probably all at one point in our lives wished that we had the power to stop time. We hope that this method will at least give you some sort of comfort or satisfaction since you’re basically stopping the ageing of your fruits by drying or dehydrating them. This method is incredibly simple and can be done in the oven (although it is stated that the perfect result will be accomplished with an actual dehydrator). Slice your citrus fruit (or basically whichever fruit your heart desires) in thin slices, spread them on a baking sheet and sprinkle some sugar on top if you’d like. Bake at 200°, flipping periodically until the slices are dry, which will take about 2-2,5 hours. After that there are multiple ways of using these sweet nutritional snacks. Either munch on them as they are, use them to garnish foods and drinks, or get creative and make them into cute decorations for your home.



Cooking, of course.

Obviously there are millions of ways to incorporate lemons into your everyday cooking, but we find that the lack of inspiration or motivation is what usually leaves your lemons in the fruit bowl on the kitchen table going bad. This is why we're coming your way with some simple recipes that include a few ingredients that are either cheap or already in your pantry. Kick-start your day with a wellness shot made from only lemons, ginger, cayenne and honey. Lemon curd is another delicious thing that's usually thought of to be complicated to make but actually only requires lemon peel and juice, butter, egg yolks, salt and sugar. All the recipes from this blog will be linked at the very end of this post, for more detailed instructions!



We hope this post has filled you with some inspiration and motivation to start off 2021 in the best way possible! Stay healthy and happy!


SFH




Recipes:

Lemon salt - https://www.masterclass.com/articles/gordon-ramsays-simple-lemon-salt-recipe

Dehydrated fruit slices - https://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipe/how-to-dry-citrus-in-the-oven

Wellness shot - https://www.alphafoodie.com/lemon-ginger-and-cayenne-immunity-shots/

Lemon curd - https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/how-to-make-lemon-curd/


Sources:

https://www.thekitchn.com/10-ways-to-use-a-lemon-around-the-kitchen-good-ideas-from-the-kitchn-217997

https://blog.aprons.com/apron/dont-throw-lemon-10-ways-use/

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/health-fitness/photo-stories/heres-why-you-should-not-throw-away-lemon-peels/photostory/59575610.cms?picid=59575633

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/6-lemon-health-benefits

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