7 Cool Things You Never Knew Lemon Can Do

May 25, 2016
Sidney Yang

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Lemons are one of the most versatile fruits out there.  Read on for incredible ways to use lemons. Have a favorite use of your own? Let us know in the comments!

1. Use lemons for the greatest marinade ever
This is a go to marinade for steaks, shrimp and prawns—light and zesty, it’s simply delicious: Pound 1/2-whole head of garlic in a mortar and pestle with a good quantity of coarse salt until it becomes like a paste. Squeeze in 1-2 lemons or limes and stir well. Use it to marinate your ingredients for a while then grill over BBQ or on the stove.

2. Use lemons to soothe a sore throat
Fill a pot with water. Cut up 5 to 10 lemons or limes, and pop them in there. Add a good chunk of ginger. Bring to a boil then keep warm for about half an hour. Filter into a glass, and stir in 1 teaspoon of honey. Drink it like a shot, you will find it delicious and soothing.

3. Use it in place of vinegar in salad dressings and cooking
Get some olive oil, dijon mustard, salt, pepper, and lemon for a cheaper and healthier alternative to your regular salad dressing. For a milder version, use honey and lime instead of lemon.

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4. Use lemon to flavor and cool your drinks
Sometimes you need a half a lemon for a recipe, then the rest might not get used in time. A pretty great idea is to freeze juice of remaining lemons into an ice cube tray. Then you can easily add a cube or two to flavor water, cocktails, iced tea and use in cooking in general. Also grate the skin and freeze it for those recipes that call for lemon zest.

5. Amplify your recipes
If you’re cooking a meal and something seems missing, don’t necessary go for the salt. Add a splash of lemon juice instead, it works wonders on most types of food.

6. Use lemon peels as a seasoning
Before you cut a lemon (works also with lime, or orange) in half, grate the zest off the skin and save it to use as a seasoning for salad dressings, or as a garnish for your favorite cocktails.

7. A natural air freshener
Boil lemon peels on the stove in a saucepan full of water as a natural air freshener. This will clean the air from unwanted smells and leave a citrusy fragrance throughout the house. Also rub your kitchen and bathroom countertops with lemon halves sprinkled with salt.

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