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Fresh new ways to use lemons!

5 uses for lemons
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Lemons are a staple citrus fruit, commonly used for drinks, desserts, and many other purposes. Want to learn more about lemons?

Did you know?

  • Lemons are high in vitamin C
  • This citrus fruit is a hybrid between a sour orange and a citron.
  • Lemons are initially from Asia.
  • Their trees can produce up to 600lbs of lemons every year.
  • Lemon trees produce fruit all year round.
  • California and Arizona produce most of the United States’ lemon crop.
  • The most common types of lemons are the Meyer, Eureka, and Lisbon lemons.

Lemons also have many health benefits

  • Aides in a healthy heart
  • It helps to prevent kidney stones
  • Protects against Anemia
  • Helps control weight
  • Reduces risk of cancer

Let me share my favorite ways to use lemons

1. We love to cook with lemons. From simply adding a lemon wedge to our water to making a yummy lemon dessert, we like to add fresh lemon to our brines and marinades.

Wendy

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This weekend, David and I were in the kitchen creating my favorite lemon dessert, Lemon Sponges.

 

This recipe is an old family recipe from my grandmother. I am so grateful she taught me to make these so many years ago.

My sister thought to gather my grandmother’s recipes when she passed away and put them together in a book for our family.

I don’t think I appreciated this so much at the time as I was in my teens, but I cherish this book today.

I love looking at the recipes and seeing my grandmother’s handwriting. AIt is a bit hard to read as it has faded over the years but very heartwarming.

If you love lemon, you will love this dessert…………

During the baking process, the batter separates. The top becomes like a cake, and the bottom is a lemon custard.

This dessert is straightforward and makes a beautiful presentation on the table.

Lemon Sponges

Recipe

  • 1 Tbsp of butter
  • 1 Cup of sugar (or monk fruit sweetener )
  • 2 Tbsp of corn starch
  • Three medium eggs (separate the yolks and whites)
  • Juice and rind of 1 1/2 lemon
  • 1 1/2 Cup of milk

Instructions on how to make the Lemon Sponges

  • Cream butter and sugar together.
  • Add cornstarch.
  • Separate eggs, beat egg yolks with a fork by hand and then add to the sugar mixture.
  • Add the juice and rind the 1 1/2 lemons.
  • Add 1 1/2 cup of milk.
  • Beat the egg whites with a mixer and fold into the above mixture.
  • Pour into four buttered ramekins ( butter with a pat of butter and a paper towel).
  • Fill the ramekins about 3/4 of the way full.
  • Place into a deep dish and add a warm water bath around the ramekins, about 1/2 way up the sides of the ramekins.
  • Place in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for approx. Thirty minutes or until the tops are brown.
  • Remove the ramekins from the water bath and let them cool.
  • Please place them in the refrigerator and chill.
  • Place a slice of lemon and a sprig of rosemary on the top for decoration.

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Lemon Sponges

The second way I like to use lemons is to decorate with them.

I will put them in a lovely bread bowl that sits on the kitchen counter.

lemons

Their bright yellow skin looks are fresh, and the smell is divine.

I also like to make a fresh lemon wreath every year. The lemons last about six weeks, and then I change them out for new lemons

Here is what you need to make this beautiful wreath.

Fresh Lemon Wreath DIY

Here are the supplies for the fresh lemon wreath

Fresh Lemon Wreath DIY

Directions:

  • Glue your fresh curly willow into the wreath going in opposite directions on the left side, two going up and two going down, slightly directed to the right
  • Add faux curly willow over the natural curly willow going the exact directions
  • Now you can add the long greenery, one piece going each direction, the third piece can be placed where you feel necessaryFresh Lemon Wreath DIY
  • Add the lemon leaf sprigs, one going each direction
  • Create a bow with the ribbon and wire to the left side in between the sets of greenery ( see image attached)
  • Bow on wreath
  • Insert wire through the lemon and wire onto the wreath
  • Repeat inserting the wires into the lemons and connecting to the wreath until you like the look, around 8-10 lemons
  • You can view a demonstration of bow making by me on my IG TV   https://www.instagram.com/tv/CH6Mh83nJoS/?hl=en
  • You may also view a full video demonstration of this process on my IG Series https://www.instagram.com/p/CKg98VUnpjF/

Fresh Wreath

Here is one of my favorite ways to use your lemons

 If you find yourself with a bowl of lemons and they are about to go bad, here is the perfect answer to re-purpose them into fresh lemon juice and an all-purpose household cleaner.

  • Cut all lemons in half.
  • Squeeze the lemons with a juicer
  • Pour the juice into an ice cube tray and freeze for future use
  • Put the lemon halves in a large jar after squeezing them and cover with white vinegar
  • Let the jar sit for 2-3 weeks

 

Ingredients for Household Cleaner

Lemon cleaner

  • 1 quart tightly packed lemon halves
  • White distilled vinegar ( enough to cover the lemon halves )
  • Water
  • Liquid Castile soap ( unscented)
  • Lemon essential oil, optional

Instructions

    1. Pack a large glass jar tightly with the lemon halves after you have squeezed the juice out, and then fill the jar to the top with white vinegar. Close and set in a sunny spot to infuse for two-three weeks.
    2. Strain the vinegar, discard the peels, and store the vinegar in a glass jar in a dark, cool spot.
( and this will look so pretty on your kitchen counter )
  1.  To make an all-purpose cleaner, pour 1/2 cup of the vinegar mixture into a spray bottle. Add in 2 cups of water, one teaspoon Castile soap, and 15 drops of lemon essential oil ( this is optional )
  2. Shake the mixture well, then spray onto the surface and wipe clean with a dry cloth.

 

  • Do NOT use this cleaner on natural marble or any natural stone countertops or natural stone tile.

And since we are soon coming upon Easter, I want to share one little trick with you.

To ensure the perfect hard-boiled egg: Rub a little bit of lemon juice on the eggshell before adding it to the pot of boiling water. The lemon juice will prevent the shell from breaking while the eggs are cooking.

I hope you enjoyed all these fun uses of lemons!

Happy Wednesday.

Wendy

 

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2 Comments

  1. Dee says:

    Excellent recipe, almost identical to mine I usually do it in an 8×8 or 9×9 pan but I thought it looks so pretty in the ramekins the way you did it! Lots of luscious lemon ideas wonderful blog post!

    • wendy says:

      Thank you so much DEE, I have never made it in a large pan like that. I assume it comes out well.
      I just love lemons this time of the year, they are so fresh and look so pretty in the house.
      How is your husband doing? has he had his surgery yet?

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