There’s more to lemons than just lemonade. If we make a list of all the benefits of lemons … well, let’s just say I wouldn’t be able to get any sleep tonight as I try to finish the list. They are amazing for you, for your immune system and even for your skin.
Besides those lemon water benefits made up all over de internet (and, of course, I mean on Pinterest), these are tried and tested hacks anyone can do with a lemon.
Let’s have a closer look at the main benefits of lemons, so you can find out why you should stock up your fridge next time life offers you lemons!
Weird Benefits Of Lemons
Here’s what you didn’t know you can do with lemons:
1. Lemon Zest
If you’ve ever spent more than 5 minutes on any cooking blog, you definitely found a recipe that calls for lemon zest. One of the many benefits of lemons is that the zest contains an amazing aromatic oil which helps flavor both dinners and desserts.
You can make your own (which is, of course, more practical and usually less chemical than buying it from a store) by grinding up the colored portion of the lemon peel, or by thinly slicing it with a very sharp knife or a peeler.
Make sure to stay away from the white layer that separates the yellow from the core of the lemon, as it’s pretty bitter.
The benefits of lemon zest include:
- Improving bone health;
- Fighting some forms of cancer by helping the immune system;
- Decreasing cholesterol levels;
- Improving oral health.
2. Boil All The Things!
One of the lesser known benefits of lemons is that they can help harden egg shells before boiling.
If you rub a little lemon juice on the egg shell, your eggs are less likely to crack as they boil. And if you also drop a teaspoon of lemon juice in the water, it’s going to be a lot easier to peel the eggs once they’ve been boiled.
An extra benefit of lemons is that they can also help rice not stick when it boils, so you end up with a perfect, non-clunky rice. In order to achieve this all you need to do is to mix a teaspoon of lemon juice in the boiling water.
The same trick with lemon juice will keep potatoes and cauliflower from turning brown when they are boiling.
3. Reviving Your Greens
If you are craving a salad (don’t deny it! You know you sometimes want salad as badly as you sometimes want pizza) you need fresh lettuce.
But when the one in your fridge looks like it’s about to share its last words of wisdom with you before it goes on to the other world, I have good news for you. A huge benefit of lemons is that they can revive soggy lettuce.
All you need to do is add a teaspoon of lemon juice to a bowl of cold water, and leave the lettuce in the bowl in the fridge. Your lettuce will look and taste brand new after just one hour, and your secret salad cravings will be satisfied.
Do you use lemons in your day to day cooking? Share your tips and tricks in the comments section below.
More Weird Lemon Uses
Here are 10 extraordinary uses for lemons (pictures collected from WonderHowTo) :