If you’re a fan of lemons, chances are you like to use almost every part of a lemon – except, maybe, the seeds.
I love to bake cakes, pies, cookies, bars and breads with lemons, especially in the springtime.
Lemons also are great to add when roasting whole chickens.
I flavor my drinking water with fresh lemons.
If I’m in a springy – or squeezy – kind of mood, I make my own lemonade. Get ready, though, because you need to squeeze a LOT of lemons for a pitcher full of lemonade. (I used to LOVE to make this, until I started paying attention to how much sugar is needed to make a pitcher full of lemonade taste remotely sweet.)
I also make a homemade furniture polish with fresh lemon juice, olive oil, and white vinegar.
Be kind and re-rind
If a recipe doesn’t call for lemon zest, though, what do you do with the rind once you’ve used all the lemon juice and pulp?
- I like to clean out my kitchen sink by sprinkling table salt a freshly washed sink, then scrubbing the salt with a juiced half of a lemon. The citrus adds a special cleaning boost.
- Clean off a cutting board by scrubbing with a lemon rind and hot water.
- You can grind bits of lemon rind in your garbage disposal to help sharpen the blades of the disposal while freshening everything up.
- Freshen the air in your refrigerator by adding a lemon rind to your fridge shelves.
- Add a subtle citrusy fragrance to your house by gently boiling some lemon rinds in water for a few minutes. Once this lemon water cools, you can use it to rinse your hair in the shower. It should help to remove some of the buildup from styling products.
How do you like to reuse lemon rinds?
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