When life gives you lemons make lemonade. That isn’t all that lemons are good for. They are a perfect little fruit that cooks and cleans. Lemons are a staple in most kitchens and the versatility of this fruit and its relaxing fresh smell make it the perfect scent for so many kitchen cleaning products. First and foremost lemons are key to cooking and not just desserts. Though lemon meringue pie, lemon curd, and lemon bars are some favorites lemon has a strong role in cooking chicken, fish, and vegetables. It was the main source of citric acid before the process was sent to the lab.
As for cleaning you can reach for a lemon to get stains off your plastic storage containers, shine up your copper pots and pans (if you are fancy enough to have such a things), as well as bleach stains, disinfect surfaces, and just make your home smell good.
Season – You can find U.S. grown lemons year round. Most are grown in California with the main harvest happening in winter through early summer. During the other times, you may find them coming from Arizona, Florida, or Texas.
Buying – Look for lemons that are heavy for their size. A tiny lemon that feels heavy compared to the large lemon will have more juice. Lemons are frequently sold individually, instead of by the pound which may make you want to buy the biggest lemon on the table, but resist the urge. Instead look for the heaviest lemon to get your money’s worth. Stay away from lemons that look dull and dry.
Storing – lemons do just fine on the counter. If like me you tend to buy more than you need for a week you can put them in the crisper of your fridge to extend their life and save you the torture of wasting food.
Pairs well with – lavender, chicken, fish, herbs, blueberries, and garlic
- Lemon and Arugula Rigatoni – A Couple Cooks
- Vintage Lemonade – this takes a little longer to make, but it is delicious
- Skillet-Roasted Lemon Chicken – Ina Garten this is a favorite recipe of mine that I make a couple of times a month
- Lemon Squares with Lavender & Limoncello – Grab a Plate