MY LEMONS! My Mind Triggered.

Last Update: May 26, 2021

My Friend Simone, "What Do You Do with Your Lemon?" Your blog made a very good point. Use what you have on hand to bless others! That should be a way of life. Thank you for refocusing us on thoughtfulness for others. With apologies to you, I respond to some of the responses you received to your blog. There are other ways to use our lemons. I do not ignore the point of your blog, but here I answer your question: How do [I] use [my] lemons?

Lemons can be expensive. Sometimes they sit in my refrigerator and start to mold before I can use all of them. I needed to find more ways to use lemons, as they are very healthy foods. I have never set down with a lemon and eaten it like an apple. But I needed to find the best uses for lemons, and the most cost-effective ways to keep from losing their value in a pile of mold in my refrigerator!

First thing, it is good to know that the rind of lemons has as much value, and possibly more, than the juice of the lemon. But to use any lemon and get the most for my money, I start with the best lemons -- ORGANIC -- which do cost more money. If I use the WHOLE LEMON, it is worth that extra cost. Organic Lemons often keep longer, too; but using them as I will explain, the lemons will not sit in my refrigerator for long, growing mold as I scramble to use them before they rot.

I am not going to tell you how to use them for "The Master Cleanse," which some of you already know, and is a very GOOD use of lemons in today's society. But I will tell you how best to get my money's worth out of good lemons while they are in season, and cost effective.

Regular lemons, as all citrus, are usually heavily sprayed with very toxic chemicals to prevent insect damage and disease problems. The chemicals may be difficult to remove; but you don't want those chemicals to add to your diet! So start with the best: ORGANIC LEMONS.

One way you can quickly deal with lemons for the best ways to use lemons, wash them well, chop them into chunks, and blenderize them nearly smooth. Freeze the mash in ice cube trays, repackage and store in the freezer. That's the simplest way, in a lemon peel.

I do not recommend that, however, because the strong peel flavor is mixed with everything else, and you have no way to control how much of that strong flavor you are mixing into your food. For some people, that works. I choose to use another way, which I consider the best uses for lemons.

1) Starting with the best lemons: Wash them well to remove any handling and transport dirt.

2) Cut Lemons in half and juice them. Pour the juice into ice cube trays and freeze. When frozen, empty cubes into storage bags and close securely. Now they can be stored and kept on hand to be used as normal lemon juice in many recipes. Allow time for cubes to thaw, or add to cooked foods, such as hot cooked spinach, stirring to melt. Lentil Soups team well with lemon, as the lemon is high in Magnesium, and aids digestion. It also gives a little spike in flavor.

3) Take the peel and thin-slice the rind. Turn and mince the rind the other direction. Place all the minced rind loosely in ziplock bags. Place in freezer along with the lemon ice cubes.

The rind, is a little more tart, so go easy until you know how much to add to your foods.

I like to take a tabelespoon of rind and mix it into my salads in place of lemon juice. Minced fairly fine, I do not even notice the rind in my salads. The same can be done with other foods, like over hot mashed potatoes. I make fruit and vegetable smoothies with a dash of lemon, juice or rind. Vegetarian cheese substitutes take well to citrus' tart flavor. When cooking certain vegetables, the last minute addition of lemon juice or rind adds just the right seasoning to pique the flavor. Sit down to a hot cupe of tea? Drop in a lemon cube to melt and cool.

If you try this and like the idea, I would be happy to know. But whether I know or not, I want you to get your money's worth and find the best uses for healthy lemons in your diet choices.

This is my way to bless you in ways to use lemons.

Happy Eating,

Surely Healthy

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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi

Best recipe is to squeeze few lemons with bottled water and a bit of sugar and leave it to chill, it is great appetizer to have after a siesta on a hot summer day.

Beside that, we are working with a client their company name has a citrus in it however they do not sell citrus products vs a publishing business.

Lemons are great when consumed raw with a sprinkle of salt. It is a remedy for a cold/flu.
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SHeisey1 Premium
Thank you Abie. Yes, Lemon water is refreshing. I'm glad lemons are a part of food culture around the world. I have tasted lemons with salt. Thank you for reminding me. I almost forgot that.
I like to add lemon juice to mint tea when I feel sick. Yes, good remedy.
And thank you Abie, for all you do for us WA people. you are much appreciated.
Shirley
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SHeisey1 Premium
Thinking about your NON-citrus publishing client, and the freezing of lemons:
My husband of the past worked at a book bindry along the Susquehanna River. One summer there was a big flood, which flooded their bindery close to the ceiling. All those stitching and binding machines, and contracted books....mud everywhere.
They were responsible for the books on hand. Some of them were irreplaceable. Wet books and hot weather is a pretty bad match. They would quickly mold unless they thought quickly. They brought in some big freezers and froze the irreplaceable books. One-by-one Special Handling Department brought a book, hand-separated the pages and dried them by clothes iron. They were able to save most or all of them that way.
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1Rudy1 Premium
That is an amazing save! Wow...and a great idea, too. Freeze the item to save it, who knew!?

Rudy
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SHeisey1 Premium
Rudy, here is another idea I have tried successfully..
I have frozen avocado. I slice it to size when they are "just right" ripe, still firm, and not dark spots. Slice (most usable) (I love avocado sandwiches!!) and spread out on cookie sheet. Freeze 24 hours. empty into ziplock bags well sealed. Remove only the amount you will use for a meal. reseal the rest for next use. This works for perfect avocados.
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1Rudy1 Premium
That's a great one, except the avocado won't last that long...grin.
I like sardines. I make up a plate with sardines, avocado and crackers.
A great source of protein...

Rudy
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1Rudy1 Premium
You are so correct about the value of lemons...! Of all of the citrus fruits, lemon does amazing things for the body!

I like the idea of making lemon ice cubes and storing them. I don't cook that much, or as a friend once said, 'You don't cook, you heat stuff up'.. I have a few recipes, though...grin.

I am going to use the lemons ice cubes for water beverages...that will be beneficial!

I remember as a kid, a schoolmate brought in sugared orange rinds....they were good, reminded me later of the comquat fruit.

Thanks for sharing!

Rudy
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SHeisey1 Premium
You too, huh? Living alone makes it difficult to use up food fast enough before it spoils. My experience. I tend to cook a small crockpot of something, then eat on it until it is gone. I do beans that way, and hot cooked cereals for morning.
Enjoy your lemon drinks....a good mix along with WA Success!
Shirley
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SHeisey1 Premium
I have not had conquats in years! I like them, too.
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1Rudy1 Premium
Ha! Crockpot, food for the next few days...lol.
How did you know....😎?

My first meal was a roast...damn that was good too...

Rudy
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1Rudy1 Premium
Yep, it has been a long time for me as well...
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Only1Hugh Premium
I feel like that was a lemon making masterclass Shirley. Thanks
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SHeisey1 Premium
Thank you, Hugh. I bet you have lots of lemons where you live.
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MBdesire Premium Plus
Hug it's awesome training
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Only1Hugh Premium
At the moment more mangoes lol
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SHeisey1 Premium
Oh Hugh! I love mangoes. I could eat them for days!! I don';t get them often. I anticipate living in a garden with lots of hanging fruits to tempt my tastebuds! Mangoes are just special; lemons, I like for their healthy virtues, and some flavor.
And to think: There are marvelous fruits I have never encountered.
73 years have not been enough time!! Give me a chance at the Better World!
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Only1Hugh Premium
Lol as soon as I get Scotty's teleporter machine from Star Trek I will send you a bunch over.
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SHeisey1 Premium
You're cute! The concept shines!
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MBdesire Premium Plus
It must be
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ratlhaganen Premium
Thank you for a very creative blog. Creativity will take you far in WA. I enjoyed seeing yours in action.

Ntlhane
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SHeisey1 Premium
Thank you, Ntlhane, for your comment. My mind just went to work; it must have been the lemon peel, huh?
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JeffreyBrown Premium
Excellent information here, Shirley!

Thanks for sharing!

Jeff
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SHeisey1 Premium
Thank you Jeff. I hope your day is rolling well.
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JeffreyBrown Premium
I had a good one, Shirley! I hope you did too, and have a happy Thursday!

Jeff
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SHeisey1 Premium
Great day. Thanks.
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JeffreyBrown Premium
I'm glad to hear it, Shirley! Have another GREAT one today, as well!

Jeff
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