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Use them wisely with no waste. I buy a net of lemons every week and use them in so many ways.

Needed a tsp of grated rind for making fishcakes this week so was left with a naked lemon!

I use slices in my pukka flavoured teas, and juice or slices in the water I drink a lot of. Making lemonade is also a good one but not done so myself.

When I have grated, squeezed or sliced I use the remnants for cleaning chopping boards, wooden spoons etc, then throw them in the dishwasher to sanitise and fragrance or chop into small pieces and throw on garden to keep cats away!

Any other ideas for lemons or other foodstuffs?

Lynibis
1 month ago
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sunny101
sunny1011 month ago

You forgot the most important tip - freeze slices for Gin! There is another one - rub the remains of the lemon into granulated sugar then rub on to fingers to remove stains. (ink, polish etc)

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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1 month ago

How terribly remiss of me lol! Maybe because I don't drink apart from the odd Bailey's in coffee.

Could any fruit be more versatile? I wonder if I could try to grow a lemon tree!

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sunny101
sunny1011 month ago

Lynibis I have two that produce fruit in a conservatory - they do need a fair amount of warmth. Nothing better than taking one off the plant.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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1 month ago

angemski that's it then I am going to give it a try I have a conservatory that gets incredibly hot. Would it need some sort of heat in winter?

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sunny101
sunny1011 month ago

Lynibis No because that's it's dormant time but it does need a special citrus plant feed in the Spring.

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gerrykelly25
gerrykelly251 month ago

angemski LynibisI also have a lemon and miniature orange tree in my sunroom. They were from Aldi I think and were only about ยฃ15. I love watching the lemons grow and change colour. ๐Ÿ‹

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sunny101
sunny1011 month ago

gerrykelly25 The first one I bought was from Lidl and it gave up it's leaves like the best stripper.....and died. I then got a couple from a local garden centre and they have been amazing.

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gerrykelly25
gerrykelly251 month ago

angemski your plant looks really healthy. My lemons arenโ€™t that big.

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sunny101
sunny1011 month ago

gerrykelly25 Haha! don't wish to brag......but they are whoppers! I've had the plants for about six years though and they need some serious support.

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Johnny
Johnny1 month ago

Store whole lemons in a sealed jar of water in the fridge. They will then yield a lot more juice than when first bought.

Alternatively

Submerging lemons in hot water for 15 minutes before you squeeze them will get you almost twice as much juice.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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1 month ago

Good tips Johnny. I have seen tv chefs rolling the fruits back and forth with flat of hand to release the juice too. I must admit the lemons I buy don't seem to last very long and have been unsure whether to store in or out of fridge? Do you or angemski have the answer please?

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Johnny
Johnny1 month ago

Lynibis

Out of the fridge at room temperature a lemon will last about a week.

A whole lemon kept in a sealed plastic sandwich bag will last up to a month in the fridge.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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1 month ago

Johnny Thanks for the info.

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hspexy
hspexy1 month ago

Theyโ€™re great for cleaning with, and Iโ€™ve found drops of the juice, even the rind, are good at getting find of stain. And I like to eat them too

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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1 month ago

Ooooh, I couldn't eat them but I do occasionally squeeze on to pancakes when I get the urge!

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LeighReidAtanas
LeighReidAtanas1 month ago

I usually squeeze it into hot water and drink it in the morning. Iโ€™ve found it makes my stomach look less bloated. Whatโ€™s your recipe for lemonade?

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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1 month ago

I have never made lemonade as I believe it takes a lot of sugar which I try to avoid. I guess there will be some recipes online though.

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LeighReidAtanas
LeighReidAtanas1 month ago

Lynibis ahh so sorry just re read your post and realised you said you had not made lemonade will check online

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Sanitation1234
Sanitation12341 month ago

Lynibis Thanks for todayโ€™s topic in my home only one person like lemon ๐Ÿ‹ my husband he squeeze lemon in his curry ๐Ÿ› every day๐Ÿ˜Šyou wrote some useful tips I will try them. Thanks once again if you donโ€™t mind can I have a screenshot of your question for memorise all tips.๐Ÿ˜Š

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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1 month ago

Yes of course, glad you liked the topic! ๐Ÿ˜„

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Sanitation1234
Sanitation12341 month ago

Lynibis Thanks

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Pjran
Pjran1 month ago

Try planting the pips in a little compost. Donโ€™t water it every week, they are slow to grow but worth it in the end.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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1 month ago

Funny you should say that, I have just this minute watched a YouTube video on how to grow from seed, am definitely going to give it a go.

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Pjran
Pjran1 month ago

Lynibis looks like you have green fingers so Iโ€™m sure youโ€™ll be lucky. Takes a couple of years before it produces fruit.

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Nadiaparveen
Nadiaparveen1 month ago

That's really good of you to use up all your lemons in different ways๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Š lemon juice is a good face brightener .. just dab some over your face but please check incase you have sensitive skin.. also if you cut a lemon in half and dip into some sugar ..you will have a homemade facescrub ๐Ÿ˜

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Lynibis
Lynibis
Original Poster
1 month ago

Nice one Nadia, I will have to write a list of all these tips.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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1 month ago

angemski, got this in an email today and thought of you!

I shall deffo try this when I have grown the lemons from seed as instructed by another YouTuber lol

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sunny101
sunny1011 month ago

Yes, I've done this with a pleasing result. I've tried muslin but find that coffee filters are the best way of decanting it when it's ready. I had a session at the start of the lock down and used up fruit that was not being eaten. My only excuse is that I hate not being busy so this filled the void.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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1 month ago

angemski well done, I love the idea of this and wine making etc but not being a drinker it seems a rather fruitless (excuse the pun) exercise. My non drinking isn't anything puritanical or religious, I just don't like the taste of alcohol.

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sunny101
sunny1011 month ago

Lynibis I remember you mentioning this almost a year ago - just don't forget lemon and elderflower cordials.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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1 month ago

angemski oh dear memory's going too. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Yes, cordials are definitely the way to go.

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