Every year from December to April, we are gifted with an endless supply of lemons from our enormous lemon tree in the back yard. I love it, but I am always perplexed on what to do with all of these lemons. We do the “normal” things: make lemonade, cook recipes that call for fresh lemon juice, and give away bags of lemons to our neighbors and friends. But we are still left with hundreds of lemons. Now, thanks to Pinterest, I have some “outside of the box” uses for all of these lemons. I found these ideas so fun, I had to share them with all of you.
2) Make Limoncello for yourself and to give as gifts. I found several recipes online, but ended up using this one. I doubled the recipe and added fresh mint leaves when making the simple syrup. I also used clean Perrier bottles for each gift size portion, and I included a recipe for Limoncello Spritzers on each bottle. I think this is the perfect drink recipe for a beautiful spring day. Plus, you can store the Limoncello in the freezer for up to one year.
3) Slice the lemons into half circles and freeze on a cookie sheet. Store the frozen lemon slices in a Ziploc bag in the freezer. Enjoy lemon slices in your water or iced tea whenever you want.
4) Use lemon juice to whiten clothes that have taken on that dingy off-white color instead of bleach. Lemon juice can also be used in natural homemade cleaners to clean about anything you could imagine. I found a bunch of recipes online that are now added to my list of things to try with these lemons.
5) Make preserved lemons. I found this tutorial for making these here. I can’t honestly say that I have ever tried preserved lemons before in any sort of recipe, but considering they are very expensive to buy in the store ($10+ per jar), I am excited to try my homemade batch. Also, this was about the easiest project I have ever done. I already had a jar, salt and the lemons. Now I just have to wait. These can also be stored in the fridge for one year.