Sure they taste good they taste good and they’re definitely good for you, but lemons also have some seriously useful tricks up their sleeves.
Goodeats.com is spotlighting lemon and shares some surprises:
1. The natural acidity, antibacterial properties, antioxidants, and high vitamin C count makes lemon help all of the following:
Aid digestion by staving off bad bacteria
Flush and cleanse kidneys and liver
Soothe sore muscles
Fight free-radicals to keep you looking and feeling young
Strengthen immune system
Hint - Start the day with a cup of hot water and lemon to reap all the fantastic benefits
2. Apples aren’t the only food that benefits from a little lemony love. A few squeezes of juice can do wonders for avocado, bananas, and peeled raw potatoes because lemon juice is just acidic enough to prevent oxidation.
3. Clumpy rice? Adding a few drops of lemon to the water for your rice does wonders in preventing the rice from sticking. Added plus? The lemon juice will also whiten the rice and keep it from looking dull.
4. The juice isn’t the only useful part of the lemon. The super moist and flavorful peel can work wonders too. Add a slice of the skin (with the pulp completely removed) to a box of brown sugar to keep it from clumping or turning into a brick.
5. No need to toss that day-old lettuce, a little lemon juice and water can help bring back the crispness after it’s started to wilt. Just soak the limp leaves in a bowl of cold water and 1Ž2 cup of lemon juice and refrigerate it for about an hour. The leaves will come out revived and ready for eating – just be sure to dry them first.
6. For added insurance for the perfectly hard-boiled eggs try brushing the eggshells with lemon juice before adding them to the pot. The lemon juice helps the shells from cracking while cooking, and it also makes them easier to peel once they’re ready to eat.
7. Citrus is great for tenderizing meat, and lemon juice is no exception. The acidity in lemon juice gently breaks down the fibers in meat, leaving you with scrumptiously fork-tender meat.
8. Lemon’s yummy flavor can totally transform food. It brightens up creamier dishes, balances the flavor in seafood, and can even hit the spot in lieu of adding salt and pepper.