By Ann Sullivan
Lemons are a popular citrus fruit for cooking and making beverages. The lemon has long been regarded as a source of acidity to enhance flavors in chicken and fish dishes, as well as lemonade, tea and other beverages. There’s more, however, to this nutritional powerhouse than squeezing over your favorite dish. The juice of a lemon is very acidic. This makes for a great natural sterilizer and cleaner. It can be used in a variety of ways you may not think of. It’s easy enough to use in place of harsh chemicals. Whether it be odors, personal hygiene or cleaning, this little magic fruit can help you with many tasks. Here are 11 unusual and fascinating ways you can use the common lemon.
1) Clean & Preserve Produce
Fruits and vegetables can last longer when coated with a little lemon juice. The citric acid in the lemon will keep your fresh produce from browning as fast as it otherwise would. You can also use a little lemon juice to clean the skin of your fruits and vegetables. No matter where your produce is sourced, there is almost always some sort of coating, dirt or bacteria on the outer skin. You can also use lemon juice to preserve fresh fruits and vegetables after you’ve cut them up. Sprinkle a little lemon juice over apple slices to keep them from browning. Or, try adding a little squeeze into fresh avocado to keep your guacamole fresh. You can also add a little lemon juice to a bowl with some ice water to revive lettuce that may be wilting. This will restore the crispness and save having to throw it out.
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