I use lemons a lot. Lemon slices stuffed in a roast chicken; lemon juice drizzled on sauteed fish; lemon pie, lemon curd, lemon in sauces and salad dressings; lemon zest in cakes, cookies, soups,sauces; candied lemon peels as a garnish. Lemons are so useful and so versatile. And so tasty!
But lemons are also useful around the house. For years, I have used lemons to rub stains out of my cutting boards. I've dipped lemon halves in baking soda or salt to use as a scrub for the kitchen counters, and lemon juice is great for removing stains from lots of things.
For several years, I've been trying to get away from using harsh chemicals around the house. I bought a steam mop for the floors which not only gets the floors sparkly clean but saves a lot of money since I no longer need to buy floor cleaners. I've used vinegar to clean the windows (This isn't a new idea- I can remember my mother using nothing but vinegar water and newspapers to clean and polish windows when I was young). I've combined vinegar and baking soda to clean the drains in the sink and to scrub burned food off pots. And now, thanks to One Good Thing by Jillee, a wonderful blog with household tips, recipes and other good stuff, I've discovered a new way to use lemons and vinegar together. Jillee has a recipe for lemon vinegar, and since the neighborhood Piggly Wiggly had bags of lemons on sale, I couldn't resist.
After juicing, I cut the lemons into quarters and put them in canning jars. There were enough lemons to fill one quart jar and one pint jar. I then filled the jars with white vinegar and capped them. Now they are tucked away in the cupboard. After two weeks I'll take them down, strain the liquid, mix it 50/50 with some water, put it in some spray bottles and try it out. I can hardly wait!
I was trying to think of a song about lemons, and of course, Led Zeppelin's Lemon Song came to mind, plus one or two others. But they were all on the depressing side, and I wanted a happy lemon song. I finally found Happy Lemon! Enjoy :-)