I wish that you could smell this image! Nothing beats the bright scent of freshly cut lemons. A staple at Connecticut Country House, these beauties are incredibly useful in and outside the kitchen. Here are my 5 favorite lemon tips:

  1. To get the most out of a lemon, roll it on a hard surface with the palm of your hand. Not only will your hands smell amazing from the released oil from the skin, you’ll also get more juice.
  2. Brighten your copper pots by using a bit of salt and rubbing the bottom with a cut lemon. They’ll gleam like freshly minted pennies.
  3. One of my favorite methods for brightening white linens is by simply spritzing the yellowed area with a little fresh lemon juice and hanging it out in the sun. If the whole piece is looking a little dingy, I soak the entire piece in water with about 1/2 cup of lemon juice and then let the sun work its magic.
  4. A quick spritz or dunk in acidulated water will slow down the browning of cut apples and pears. Just pat off the excess before assembling your cheese board, and your fruit will stay fresh looking until the last guest has left the building.
  5. We are known for using more than our fair share of garlic and onions in the Connecticut County House kitchen. To keep cutting boards deodorized and smelling fresh, simply wet the board, sprinkle with a little kosher salt, rub with a wedge of fresh lemon and allow to sit for about 20 minutes. Rinse and repeat if necessary. This also does a great job of removing stains without having to reach for the bleach bottle.

Love lemons…no matter how you slice them!

Love, Nora

  • Nan, Odessa, DE says:
    April 19, 2016 at 7:24 am Reply

    we use cut lemons on our hands and nails after a meal of steamed shrimp and/or blue crabs.
    Really good for whiting your natural fingernails.
    Soooooooooooo enjoy your postings each day!

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