When life hand you lemons…here’s a few ideas of what to do with them

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One of the greatest treats in the summer is fresh squeezed lemonade. There is just no comparison!

Lemons are thirst quenching. In the south, they used a slightly salted lemonade to quench thirst and replace salt lost through perspiration.

Or simply squeeze fresh lemon into your water pitchers a lot more often. My daughter loves it. Must be fresh lemon. Bottled juice does not contain the same qualities.

The Lemon is amazingly powerful

Here are just some of the benefits of lemon- its high in vitamin C, keeps your liver functioning properly, helps asthma, colds, flu, rheumatism, constipation, diarrhea, dissolves uric acid, removes bacteria, cleanses the system of impurities, contains calcium, potassium, phosphorus and magnesium, reduces hemorrhage, (including heavy menstrual flow), reduces heart palpitations, soothes heartburn, soothes sore throats when mixed with honey, reduces fever … and that’s just the high points. 

Lemons also contains a compound called flavones, which reduce your risk of breast cancer. 

Lemon is a popular scent in aroma therapy because the scent is believed to calm you.

Prevent Browning

A few squeezes of juice can do wonders for avocado, apples, bananas, and peeled raw potatoes, since lemon juice is just acidic enough to prevent the oxidation that turns produce brown. Try this trick the next time you’re doing meal prep ahead of time or when you set out a platter of fresh sliced fruit for dipping in a Chocolate Fondue.

Stop Rice From Sticking

Have a problem with clumpy rice? You’re in luck – adding a few drops of lemon to your cooking water helps prevent the rice from sticking together. Added plus? The lemon juice will also whiten your rice and keep it looking great on the dinner plate!

Keep Brown Sugar Soft

The juice isn’t the only useful part of the lemon; its super moist and flavorful peel can work wonders in the kitchen too. Add a slice of the skin (with the pulp completely removed) to your box of brown sugar to keep it from clumping and hardening.

Crisp Your Lettuce

No need to toss that limp lettuce! A little lemon juice and water can help bring your leaves back to life. To crisp up limp leaves, soak them in a bowl of cold water and ½ cup of lemon juice, then refrigerate for about an hour. The leaves will come out revived and ready for eating.

Cook Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs

Even if you’ve mastered perfectly hard-boiled eggs, try brushing the eggshells with lemon juice before adding them to the pot for a little added insurance. The lemon juice helps keep the shells from cracking while they cook, and it also makes them easier to peel once they’re ready to eat.

Tenderize Meat

Lemon juice is a great meat tenderizer; the acidity gently breaks down the fibers in meat, leaving it scrumptiously fork-tender.

Enhance Flavor

Last, but certainly not least, lemon’s yummy flavor can totally transform a meal. It brightens up creamier dishes, balances the flavor in seafood, and is a great sodium-free substitute for sprinkling on salt.

Sources

http://commonsenseliving.com/members/index.php/healthy-eating/healthy-foods-a-z-mainmenu/213-lemon

http://www.everydayhealth.com/news/7-things-you-never-knew-lemons-could-do/?pos=1&xid=nl_EverydayHealthHealthyAging_20140505

 

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