13 Uses for Lemons You Haven’t Thought of Yet Slideshow
June 25, 2013
Squeeze as much as you can out of this versatile citrus fruit
Make a Wreath
Bright golden lemons are already inviting, but they’re even more so when glued to a wreath form and hung on a wall or door.
Display Place Cards
If yellow is one of your wedding colors, consider using lemons, sliced down the middle so that they’ll stand, as holders for place cards. Just cut a slit in the top of each half and tuck in your guest’s name.
Serve Sorbet or Soufflé
To serve sorbet in a lemon, cut a lemon in half and hollow it out; then fill it with a scoop of your favorite sorbet. To use lemons as soufflé cups, cut a tip off one end of the lemon so that it will stand up; cut off the other side of the lemon about a quarter from the end. Hollow out the lemon, pour in your soufflé batter, and bake as you normally would.
Add to Floral Arrangements
Spear a lemon with a skewer and then treat it as you would any other bloom.
Prop Up Signs
For an unexpected pop of color, prop up a sign in a metal tub or bucket filled with lemons.
Decorate a Serving Dish
For a simple and flavorful garnish in a lemony dish, line a clear glass serving bowl with thinly sliced lemons. This would also add some zing to a vase of flowers.
Make Votive Holders
Cut a lemon in half, scoop out its flesh, and place a white votive candle inside for a subtle glow. Run a few of them down the center of the table at your next picnic.
Polish Metal Cookware
The acid in lemons makes them handy cleaning tools, and you can use their juice to make a scouring paste for steel, brass, and copper pots and pan. Make a paste of lemon juice and salt and rub it onto the metal. Let it sit five minutes, then rinse with warm water and dry.
Prevent Fruit From Browning
Toss fruit salad with lemon juice to keep fruit like apples and bananas from browning. This also works with guacamole: store prepared guacamole with a thin layer of lemon juice on top.
Deodorize Cutting Boards
Rub the cut half of a lemon over a plastic or wooden cutting board to help sanitize it and remove persistent odors like garlic and onion.
Sanitize the Microwave
Fill a microwave-safe bowl with water and add the juice and the rinds of a few lemons. Microwave for five minutes and then wipe down the microwave with a damp paper towel.
Set Them Afloat
Place slices of lemon in a bowl of water and float a votive candle on top.
Add a hint of lemon flavor with homemade lemon-infused sea salt, pepper, or sugar. Combine lemon zest with sea salt (or pepper or sugar) in a mortar and use a pestle or your fingers to work the two ingredients together. Store in an airtight container.