Lemons and Limes are so versatile, I wanted to put together a list of 20 ways to use lemons and limes around the house. This doesn’t even count all the lemon and lime recipes for meals and desserts. Key Lime pie is my favorite. If you ever go to Key West, it is the southernmost tip of the Florida Keys. You have to get a slice of key lime pie. We had the most delicious authentic key lime pie there!!! We don’t get a lot of key limes all the way up north where we live so it was a treat.
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Lemon and Lime Tips
If you just need a small amount of lemon or lime juice but don’t want to waste the whole thing. Instead of slicing it in half just puncture it and squeeze the juice out. Store in the fridge wrapped in plastic.
When you are juicing the whole fruit, roll it back and forth on the counter with the palm of your hand to release the juice from the segments inside.
Save the rinds in a plastic bag in the freezer so the next time you need lemon or lime zest and you don’t have any fresh, just grab the rinds from the freezer.
This is a must in my house
Use any leftover citrus rinds to keep your disposal fresh, just grind them while you have the cold water running, smells wonderful.
To quickly clean a cutting board, rub salt into it with a wedge of a lemon. If you have a stain, pour lemon juice on and let it sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with water.
Lemon rinds can be used as kindling for a fire (they should be dried). They contain oils that help them burn longer and they smell amazing when they burn.
Lemon can be used to polish brass and copper. Cut a lemon in half, sprinkle with salt and rub over the surface you’re cleaning.
Do your hands smell like garlic and onions? Try my all Natural Recipe using Lemon and Baking Soda to get rid of the smell.
Need Buttermilk but don’t have any? Use a tablespoon of lemon in a cup of milk. Let stand for 5-10 minutes. It will be slightly thickened with little curdled bits.
Use lemon as an alternative to coffee or tea in the morning. Mix lemon juice with hot water to wake you up.
If you have used your grater for onions or garlic and can’t get rid of the smell. Cut a lemon or lime in half, grate the open side to freshen. Don’t throw away the grated lemon or lime bits, put them in your garbage disposal with cold running water. Run it until everything has been ground up.
This is one of my favorites
Lemon is delicious with fish. I put my fish fillet in foil, squeeze lemon over the top, throw the rind in with it. Lemon juice works if you don’t have fresh, sprinkle dried dill, salt, and pepper. Seal the foil package and bake on a cookie sheet at 350 until the flesh is firm. It steams with all the flavor inside the sealed foil packet.
Did someone burn popcorn in the microwave or does it just have a yucky smell? Cut a lemon into quarters, put it in a microwave-safe bowl of water on high for 2 minutes. Keep repeating if it’s a stubborn smell that won’t come out. If you don’t have a whole lemon use lemon juice in a bowl of water.
Save lemon and lime zest in a tightly covered glass jar in the refrigerator. Use it later to flavor fish or chicken.
Try my All Natural Homemade Air Freshener made with lemons, limes, oranges and spices.
Lemon and lime juice can be frozen in ice cube trays. Pop a couple lemon cubes into your iced tea or add a lime cube to a homemade dressing for salad.
If your lettuce has wilted in the refrigerator. Fill a large bowl of cold water and 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice. Submerge the lettuce for 5-10 minutes to perk it up.
Squirt lemon juice on cut avocados or apple slices to keep them from turning brown if you’re not going to use them right away.
If your humidifier smells musty, put 2 tablespoons of lemon juice in the water. It will really smell fresh.
Use lemons and limes in desserts, lemon meringue pie, key lime pie, lemon bars, lemon aide. Lime is used for ceviche or lime cilantro rice, lime sorbet…………..The possibilities are endless!!!
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