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...
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!