What to do with all of those lemons? I am sharing four different projects you can create using this fruit. From cleaning to cooking and more.
Welcome to the spring season of new beginnings and fresh starts! With so many things to be excited about as days get longer, warmer, and filled with vibrant energy—what better way than to explore different ways you can take advantage of one of mother nature’s sweetest fruits: lemons? This beautiful citrus can not only add aroma and flavor; it also adds a dose of healthiness too. From decorating ideas to baking recipes, we’ve got some Lemon-inspired tips. Plus, discover our special homemade cleaner recipe. Get creative and experiment with all the possibilities this delicious yellow bundle has in store for you!
The benefits of this yellow citrus fruit
- Lemons are high in vitamin C
- This citrus fruit is a hybrid between a sour orange and a citron.
- They are initially from Asia.
- Their trees can produce up to 600 lbs of citrus every year.
- Lemon trees produce fruit all year round.
- California and Arizona produce most of the United States crops.
- The most common lemons are the Meyer, Eureka, and Lisbon.
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
Lemons are a staple citrus fruit, commonly used for drinks, desserts, and many other purposes.
You know what I am talking about if you have a lemon tree. They are prolific, and you don’t know what to do with all of the fruit. Here are four great ideas that will have you crafting and baking in no time.
What to do with Lemons?
1. Nothing quite complements and enlivens a dish like the invigorating taste of lemons. Whether you’re taking your next sip of water or baking something sweet, lemon adds that perfect zest to any meal – as well as brines and marinades!
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Baking with my favorite fruit
This recipe is an old family recipe from my grandmother. I am grateful she taught me to make these many years ago.
My sister thought to gather my grandmother’s recipes and put them together in a book for our family when she passed away.
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. It 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 custard.
This dessert is straightforward and makes a beautiful presentation on the table.
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- 3 medium eggs
- 1.5 lemons
- 1 1/2 cup milk
- Cream butter and sugar together.
- Add cornstarch
- Separate the eggs.
- Beat the egg yolks and add to the sugar and butter mixture.
- Add the juice and finely grated lemon rind of 1 1/2 lemons.
- Add Milk
- Beat egg whites until stiff and fold into mixture.
- Butter 4" ramekins.
- Fill ramekins with the mixture about halfway full.
- Place ramekins in a deep dish pan and add hot water around the ramekins about have way up the sides.
- Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for approximately 30 minutes or until light brown on the top.
- Once removed from the oven, remove them from the water bath and let them cool.
- Once cool, please place them in the refrigerator for a few hours.
Decorate and craft with lemons
Crafting with citrus is an innovative and inexpensive DIY project to spruce up any home. It’s as simple as arranging fresh lemons in bowls or using them to make a wreath – endless possibilities. You can incorporate citrus accents into existing floral arrangements and centerpieces creatively and ingeniously. The vibrant yellow hue that lemons bring to your home perfectly captures the vibrancy and spirit of the season, no matter what time of year it is!
Their bright yellow skin looks fresh, and the smell is divine.
I also like to make a fresh wreath every year. The lemons last about six weeks, and then I change them for new ones.
You can read my entire post on how to make this beautiful wreath HERE.
Make lemon juice cubes.
If you find yourself with a bowl of lemons and they are about to go bad, here is the perfect answer: re-purpose them into fresh juice and an all-purpose household cleaner.
Squeeze the lemons, strain the juice and pour into ice cube trays. Put the ice cube trays in the freezer, and now you have fresh lemon juice whenever you need it.
How to make home made household cleaner
- Cut all lemons in half.
- Squeeze them with a juicer
- Pour the juice into an ice cube tray and freeze for future use
- Put the 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
- 1 quart tightly packed lemon halves
- White distilled vinegar ( enough to cover the lemon halves )
- Liquid Castile soap ( unscented)
- Lemon essential oil, optional
- 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.
- 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 )
- 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 )
- 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!