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When Life Gives You Lemons…Reduce Your Waste!

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Food Waste Action Week Tuesday Tip

When Life Gives You Lemons…Reduce Your Waste!


No, I am not taking the pith! There really are so many uses for leftover lemons or lemon peel. Here are a few of the easiest and best tips, complied into a helpful list just for you...

  1. When you have juiced a lemon, don’t throw away the skins! Grate the zest and store it in a jar for the next time a recipe calls for fresh zest! Don’t worry if it dries out, it will still be flavoursome and will rehydrate when added to your sauce or stew.
  1. Or why not add the zest to your tea infuser with some grated ginger and honey for a warming tea infusion. This is a simple but delicious tip, and if you don’t have one already, I recommend you invest in a tea infuser! You can purchase a stainless-steel tea basket from the Green Alternatives website in the kitchen collection.
  1. Microwave need a good clean? A used lemon is the perfect solution! Simply place half a used lemon in a microwave safe bowl and cover with hot or boiling water. Turn on the microwave for 2 minutes, then leave with the door closed for 2 minutes to allow the microwave to steam. Then carefully remove the bowl and wipe down the inside of the microwave with a damp cloth. The steam will have softened any dried-on stains, and the lemon will have neutralised any lingering odours!
  1. Lemons can also be used in cleaning other kitchen utensils such as chopping boards and wooden spoons. Sprinkle table salt over your chopping board and squeeze half a lemon over the top and leave for 15 minutes. Then rub the salt and juice into the board using your half a lemon in circular motions. This will get rid of any particularly pungent smells like garlic and onion, and will also bleach any stains.

Take a look at our Eco Hints and Tips page throughout this week to see more daily advice for reducing your food waste. Make sure you are using #FoodWasteActionWeek and tagging @lfhw_uk in your social media posts to help spread the word and also any useful tips you have come up with to reduce your food waste!

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