Leader Enterprise - April 8, 2014 - Lemons and their Uses
I'm sure you've heard the old saying, "When life hands you lemons, make lemonade". While that's a great perspective, we can do so much more with lemons and their peel.
This first idea has been my all-time favorite kitchen 'hint' for many years. Use juice or peel to freshen your microwave, and help you get it clean in no time!
Add lemon rinds(or juice)to a microwave-safe bowl, or mug, filled with 2 c.water. Microwave on high for four or five minutes. Let stand another five minutes, allowing the water to steam the walls and top of the oven. Remove the hot bowl (carefully!) and wipe away the mess with a towel. AND the microwave will smell clean and fresh. You're Welcome!
If your fridge needs a pick-me-up, dab a cotton ball or sponge in lemon juice and leave it in the refrigerator for a few hours to neutralize odors.
Marble counters are easily stained, but cutting a lemon in half, dipping the exposed flesh in salt and rubbing vigorously should get rid of the toughest stains.
You can also squirt lemon juice anywhere that attracts insects, like door thresholds or windowsills to keep ants away.
Mix 2 parts olive oil and 1 part lemon juice to polish your furniture.
Roast 1/2 lemon-combine juice from lemon with 1 tsp. honey for a natural sore throat soother.
What’s surprising is that most people throw away the peel without any idea of its potential. It is highly nutritious and can be used in numerous food recipes. Lemon peel can also be used as cleaner. Dirty stoves and silver wares?Don’t worry about these because you now have a new alternative product that is free from chemicals and health hazards.
Lemon zest is a common ingredient in both sweet and savory dishes.Zest some of your peel, use some now or freeze it for later.
Don't you love walking into someone's home (or your own?) and being hit with a wonderful fragrance? I do. You’ll make your house smell heavenly simply by adding lemon peels to simmering water. Throw in some cloves, cinnamon sticks, and orange peels. This adds a wonderful scent and humidifies the air.
Use lemon peels to deodorize the garbage disposal and bring that amazing citrus smell to your kitchen. Fake lemon cleaners have nothing on the real thing. Simply put a peel or two down the disposal,flip the switch on(with the water running).Done!
These soft cookies are a combination of cookie and cupcake. A lovely treat!
LEMON WHIPPERSNAPPER COOKIES
1 (16-18 ozs)lemon cake mix
1 large egg
zest and juice from 1 lemon
(tip: heat in the microwave for about 10 seconds and you'll get more juice=)
1 (8 ozs)tub cool whip,thawed
About 3/4 c. powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350. In large bowl, combine dry cake mix, egg, lemon juice and zest. Mixture will be crumbly. Fold in the Cool Whip until well combined. Batter will be sticky; cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Scoop batter out by heaping teaspoonfuls (I used my small Pampered Chef spring-loaded scoop and heaped the dough in it). Roll in powdered sugar. Place on prepared cookie sheet and bake 9- 10 minutes or until lightly browned. (Mine didn't really brown,but I could tell they were done when they sprung back up when touched).
If you use a teaspoon to measure the dough,you'll get about 40 cookies. Yield: about 2-1/2 dozen.
Who can resist trying a 3 ingredient recipe? Not me! This is so easy and delectable too.
LUSCIOUS LEMON SHEET CAKE
1 (18 ozs) pkg.lemon cake mix
1 (15 ozs) can lemon pie filling
Preheat oven to 350. Grease 15" x 10" x 1" jelly roll pan (cookie sheet with sides). In large mixing bowl, beat cake mix and eggs until well blended. Stir in pie filling and beat until smooth. Pour into prepared baking pan and spread evenly. Bake 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Remove from oven;cool; frost.
CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
1/2 c. butter or margarine
4 ozs (lite)cream cheese, softened
2 c. powdered sugar
1-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract (or 1 tsp.lemon)
chopped toasted pecans, optional
In small mixing bowl, beat butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Blend well. Spread over cooled cake. Sprinkle with pecans if desired. Store leftovers in refrigerator. Yield: 20 - 24 servings.
This simple recipe makes a great after school snack. It's good with graham crackers or vanilla wafers too.
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