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10 Practical Uses for Lemons

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by Nancy Newcomer

Love lemons! I have a huge tree in my backyard, dropping lemons left and right~ it kills me to see them go to waste, so with a little experimentation and research, I’ve come with some simple, practical ways to put them to good use… fun ideas to try out and I guarantee you’ll  never tire of their fresh scent.

1) Keep rice from sticking
To keep your rice from sticking together in a gloppy mass, add a spoonful of lemon juice to the boiling water when cooking. When it’s done, let it cool for a few minutes, then fluff with a fork.

2) Make Soggy Lettuce Crisp
Don’t toss that soggy lettuce into the garbage. With the help of a little lemon juice you can toss it in a salad instead. Add the juice of half a lemon to a bowl of cold water. Put the the lettuce and refrigerate for 1 hour. Make sure to dry the leaves completely before serving

3) Prevent Potatoes & Cauliflower from Turning Brown
Potatoes and cauliflower tend to turn brown when boiling. You can make sure the white vegetables stay white by squeezing a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice into the cooking water.

4) Freshen the Fridge
Dab lemon juice on a cotton ball or sponge and leave it in the fridge for several hours. Make sure to toss out any items that might be causing the bad smell.

5) Brighten Dull Aluminum
Make those dull pots and pans sparkle, inside and out. Just rub the cut side of half a lemon all over them and buff with a soft cloth.

6) Refresh Cutting Boards
Get rid of odors that stick to your cutting board by rubbing a half a lemon with a about a tablespoon of coarse salt.

7) Keep Insects Out of the Kitchen
Spray  lemon juice on door thresholds and windowsills. Then squeeze lemon juice into any holes or cracks where the ants are getting in. Finally, scatter small slices of lemon peel around the outdoor entrance. Lemons are also effective against roaches and fleas: Simply mix the juice of 4 lemons (along with the rinds) with 1/2 gallon (2 liters) water and wash your floors with it–they  hate the smell.

8) Clean your Microwave
Give your microwave a  good cleaning without scratching the surface with harsh cleansers or chemicals.  Mix 3 tablespoons lemon juice into 1 1/2 cups water in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on High for 5-10 minutes, allowing the steam to condense on the inside walls and ceiling of the oven. Wipe away the softened food with a dishrag.

9) Deodorize your Garbage Disposal
If your garbage disposal stinks, here’s an easy way to deodorize it: Save leftover lemon peels, grind, and rinse. To keep it smelling fresh, repeat once every month.

10) Freshen your Breath
Make an impromptu mouthwash by rinsing with straight lemon juice. Swallow for longer-lasting fresh breath. The citric acid in the juice alters the pH level in your mouth, killing bacteria that causes bad breath. Rinse after a few minutes with water because long-term exposure to the acid in lemons can harm tooth enamel.



Brother Brian’s Citrus Salmon

March 31, 2016
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All my siblings are cooks. When we get together, that’s what we do!  During a recent visit, my brother took over and, as usual, made something spectacular…salmon.  He calls himself a “freestyle” cook, and to be honest, that’s really how most of us “roll”. When I first started this blog, it was annoying to me […]

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Tips for Better Slow Cooking in your Crockpot

October 2, 2015
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Now that fall is here, it’s time to break out the crockpot.., BUT, before you do, look over my Tips for Better Slow Cooking in your Crockpot. These simple techniques will help ensure you get the BEST results from the effort you put into cooking for your family. AND just for fun…take a listen to […]

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Crock Pot Chicken Chile Verde

September 23, 2015
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Hearty, healthy, & tasty, here’s a taste of comfort food that will stick to your ribs but not your belly.  This recipe was created to use in conjunction with the GoCleanse protocol, but even if you’re not on the cleanse, you’ll love this one regardless.  The fresh tomatillo sauce pops with tanginess and flavor. Enjoy! […]

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Slow Cooker Picante Chicken Tinga

August 19, 2015
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I love talking with foodie friends, sharing recipes, ideas, life philosophies, and hearing how about what inspires them. If you ever want to eavesdrop on the conversation, make sure you tune in for my weekly podcast, The Dish with Nancy Newcomer. One of my favorite past guests is fellow blogger Alice Phillips of Ally’s Kitchen. […]

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Summer Squash Chicken

July 10, 2015
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Here’s a quick and easy skillet dinner for the summer using all that fresh garden bounty~ Summer Squash You’ll have dinner ready in 30 minutes flat! And…this recipe fits into the GoCleanse protocol if you’re on an 11 or 30 day cleanse. Summer Squash Chicken Serves 6 Prep Time: 30 minutes Ingredients: 2 TB olive […]

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Rib-Eye Steak

June 20, 2015
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With summer here, what could be better than cooking steaks out in the back yard? I recently interviewed grilling expert, recipe developer, & food blogger Christie Vanover of Girls Can Grill on my podcast, The Dish with Nancy Newcomer.  We discussed her ideas on the best way to approach your  grilling. From technique to rubs and […]

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Asian Summer Soup

May 23, 2015
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Here’s a great summer soup that can be made in about 30 minutes or less depending on how fast you chop! I love all the veggies and you are welcome to add others that are in season or fit your personal taste buds. This recipe is also compatible with the GoCleanse Program that I have […]

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Santa Barbara Sunset Cocktail

May 14, 2015
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This week on my podcast, The Dish with Nancy Newcomer, I shared my favorite Summer Cocktails, including this one, the Santa Barbara Sunset. Super refreshing and truly an excellent libation that you may enjoy any time of year. This recipe is also in the Spring/Summer 2015 edition of Santa Barbara Dining & Destinations Magazine along […]

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7 Rituals for Spring Renewal

May 14, 2015
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I stumbled upon this article and it resonated with me so much that I decided to dedicate a podcast to discuss the subject with my pal Lisa Brown~Just 2 girlfriends chatting at the kitchen table Listen in on The Dish with Nancy Newcomer. Here’s the original post published by Abigail Brenner M.D. on March 28, 2013 […]

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