December 29, 2016

Help, my lemon tree is overflowing! What should I do?

Lemons are in season and trees are overflowing! So what should you do with them? Well we have lots of tips and recipes for your lemons, so read on!

Lemons!

AROUND THE HOME

  • All Purpose Spray Cleaner – Mix two tablespoons lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon liquid soap, 1/2 teaspoon washing soda, and one teaspoon Borax into two cups hot water. Mix until dissolved.
    Another mixture is to combine lemon juice, vinegar and water in a spray bottle.
  • Window Cleaner – Rub your windows and glass with straight undiluted lemon juice (you could try rubbing lemon halves directly) and then buff dry and clean with old newspapers.
  • Furniture Polish – Mix 2 parts olive oil or cooking oil mixed with 1 part lemon juice.
  • Microwave Cleaner – Add four tablespoons of lemon juice to a cup of water and boil it in the microwave for 5 minutes. Remove the bowl and wipe the condensed moisture off the walls of the microwave. The grease will come off with it.
  • Drain Cleaner – Hot lemon juice and Baking Soda is a good drain cleaner and deodoriser. This is also safe for use in septic systems. To clean your garbage disposal unit, run through left over lemon rinds.
  • Toilet Cleaner – Mix 1/2 cup borax and a cup of lemon juice for a powerful toilet cleaner.
  • Laundry Bleach – add 1/2 cup of lemon juice to the rinse cycle and hang clothes outside to dry in the sun.
  • Stain Remover – Rub stain with equal parts lemon juice and water and then wash as normal.
  • Air Freshener – Create a natural air freshener by mixing lemon juice and water in a spray bottle or boiling a pot of lemon rinds and orange rinds. Leave to boil, and then sit in a room that needs freshening.
  • Dishwasher Cleaner – use half a lemon and stick  it onto an upright in your dishwasher. Smells fresh, helps cut grease and has got to be more eco-friendly that those plastic lemon shaped things you can buy to do the same job.
  • Chopping Board Cleaner – Rub lemon juice into wooden chopping board. Leave overnight and then rinse clean. This aids in removing odours and bacteria.
  • Table / Room Decoration – Fill vases or bowls with whole lemons and oranges for a decorative table centerpiece.
  • Remove Cooking Odours – Remove garlic, onion, or fish odour from your hands by rubbing them with a piece of lemon coated in salt
  • Clean Stainless Steel – Stainless Steel, chrome, copper and brass can all be cleaned and polished with a mixture of lemon juice and cream of tartar, or you can use half a lemon sprinkled with salt and rub down your brass and stainless steel. Rinse clean and polish with a soft cloth.
  • Clean Coffee Pot / Urn – Slice a few wedges of lemon, ice cubes and a spoonful of sea salt. Swish around and rinse clean.
  • Descale Showerheads – Add enough lemon juice to a bag to cover the showerhead. Secure the bag around the showerhead and leave for an hour. Remove bag and rinse.
  • Knife Sharpener – If you want to sharpen your knife quickly, just slice a lemon with a slow forward-backward movement to create the required friction.

HEALTH AND BEAUTY

  • Smooth Elbows – Cut half a lemon and add a little sea salt or sugar and rub into your trouble zones. Remember to rinse and moisturise afterward.
  • Natural Hair Highlighter – Mix the juice of one lemon with 1 teaspoon of salt and apply to your hair with a comb. Go outside into the sun for a couple of hours (remember your sunscreen, sunglasses and long shirt!) and let nature do it’s work. Then rinse and condition your hair as normal.
  • Eliminate Body Odour – Squeeze some fresh lemon juice into your hand and wipe it under your arms to eliminate body odor.
  • Avoid Dandruff – After shampooing, rinse your hair with water and lemon juice to prevent dandruff and to remove soap film.
  • Nail Rejuvenation – If you frequently polish your nails you know that polish can create yellowing. Soak nails in lemon juice for ten minutes then dip in a mixture of warm water and vinegar. Not only with this help to whiten nails, but it also aids in strengthening them.
  • Soothe Sore Throats – Make a mixture of hot water and lemon juice and sip. Add honey for flavour.
  • Disinfectant – Apply lemon juice to cuts to disinfect them.
  • Breath Freshener – A lemon slice (grabbed out of your iced tea at a restaurant, for example) and rubbed on the teeth and tongue is great for a quick remedy for bad breath.
  • Foot Bath – Soak feet in a bowl of milk. Then use lemon wedges on rough patches and calluses. The lactic acid of the milk followed by the citric acid in the lemons will exfoliate your feet and whiten yellowed toenails.
  • Hand or Foot Massage – Dry and achy hands and feet can be relieved with a mixture of lemon juice and olive oil used as a massage. The skin will feel softer too.
  • Wart Removal – Apply lemon juice to the site daily until the wart falls off.
  • Motion Sickness – If you get motion sickness, simple pierce the skin of a lemon and sniff of you begin to feel nauseous.

COOKING AND RECIPES

  • Fruit Saver – Add some lemon juice to freshly cut apples or pear slices to keep them from turning brown. Adding lemon juice into your fruit salad will also do the same and keep your fruit from turning brown.
  • Lemon Iced Tea Recipe
    Ingredients* 2 large lemons
    * 1 1/4 cups sugar
    * 2 cups fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish
    * 6 black tea bags
    * 1/2 cup fresh lemon juiceDirections1. Using a vegetable peeler, remove bright yellow peel from lemons. Combine lemon peel and sugar in a medium saucepan with 1/2 cup water and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Lower heat and simmer 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in mint. Cool to room temperature; strain.
    2. Steep the tea bags in 4 cups of boiling water, covered, for 5 minutes. Then remove tea bags. Stir in syrup, lemon juice, 4 cups cold water, and ice cubes. Serve in tall glasses filled with ice and a few mint leaves.
  • Old Fashioned Lemonade Recipe
    Ingredients* 6 lemons
    * 1 cup white sugar
    * 6 cups cold waterDirections1. Juice the lemons to make 1 cup of juice. To make your labor easier, FIRMLY roll the lemons between your hand and counter top before cutting in half and juicing.
    2. In a gallon pitcher combine 1 cup lemon juice, 1 cup sugar, and 6 cups cold water. Stir. Adjust water to taste. Chill and serve over ice.
  • Lemon Yoghurt Cake
    Ingredients* 2 lemons, rind, grated finely
    *1 cup (250ml) vegetable oil
    *2 eggs
    *1½ cups (250g) raw sugar
    *½ teaspoon salt
    *1 cup (250g) Greek style plain yoghurt
    *3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
    *2 cups wholemeal (280g) self raising flourDirections1.  Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and flour a 23 cm cake tin.
    2.  Grate all the peel from the lemons into the mixing bowl. Add the oil, eggs and beat with a beater until thick and well blended.
    3.  Add the salt, yoghurt and lemon juice and beat again briefly to mix well. Fold in the flour.
    4. Pour the cake mixture into a the prepared tin and bake for 30 – 40 minutes or until the sides start to shrink, the centre springs back when pressed and a skewer comes out clean. It will be slightly moist.
    5.  Leave to cool in pan for about 10 minutes before turning carefully out onto a cooling rack.
    6.  Serve slices sprinkled with a little icing sugar and top with thick clotted cream or just whipped cream.
  • Lemon Chicken Stir Fry
    Ingredients:* 8-ounces Angel hair pasta, uncooked
    *1-cup Cherry tomatoes cut in half
    *1½-teaspoons Lemon pepper
    *1-tablespoon Olive oil
    *1-pound Chicken breasts, boneless & skinless cut into small pieces
    *1-medium Onion, sliced
    *2-cups Broccoli, chopped
    *½-cup Sugar snap peas
    *1-cup Chicken broth
    *2-teaspoons Lemon peel, grated
    *4-teaspoons CornstarchDirections:Cook and drain pasta according to directions on package of pasta. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat; add chicken and onion; stir fry for about 6 minutes or until chicken is brown and no longer pink. Add broccoli and peas to chicken mixture. Cook over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly, until vegetables are slightly crisp. Combine broth, lemon peel, cornstarch and lemon pepper in a small bowl; stir into chicken mixture. Cover and cook over medium-high heat for about 2 minutes or until sauce is thickened and vegetables are coated. Stir in tomatoes and heat thoroughly. Serve warm over angel hair pasta.
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