August 27, 2014

Tip #22: Ten Incredible Uses of Lemons in Cooking

We all know well that lemon is the richest source of Vitamin C and we use it in cooking for an extra flavour and we are aware of  some of its traditional uses. But is has diversity of applications. After reading this Smart Samayal Tips, you will never fail to stock at least few lemons permanently in your Kitchen...

  • During summer when you fill the ice cube trays with water add some lemon juice with water and make ice cubes. These ice cubes bring extraordinary taste to any fresh juice you make.

  • Cauliflower tends to turn brown while cooking. Squeeze few drops of lemon to retain the white colour of cauliflower.

  • The vegetable cutting board turns old very soon by losing its colur and since we cut onions, garlic and other strong veggies it gives out raw smell. Once in 2 weeks cut a lemon and scrub it on the board and leave it for 30 minutes. Then wash it well with a liquid soap to get it sanitized and cleaned.

  • Lemon is a natural infectant. Mix a table spoon of lemon juice with water and wash vegetables and fruits to remove the stains of pesticides on the skin.

  • Dab the lemon juice on cotton balls and leave them in refrigerator for hours to remove the odour.

  • Soak and refrigerate the soggy lettuce in a bowl of cold water mixed with lemon juice for an hour  to get magical revitalized lettuce.

  • Lemon gives out some of the natural flavours and tastes that salt gives. Adding few drops of lemon juice in salads or vegetables considerably reduces the intake of salt.

  • While cooking rice add few drops of lemon to boiling water and add rice. After the rice is cooked let it cool for few minutes. Then fluff the rice with a fork to get perfect rice for Fried Rice and Pulaos.

  • Treat sticky cooking woks and stove tops with a touch of salt and scrub them down with lemon juice. (Don't use on marble tops since it doesn't with stand the acidity of lemon)

  • Get your vegetable and cheese grater neatly cleaned by scrubbing the fleshy part of half cut lemon on it and washing.