Monday, February 14, 2011

Good Old Lemon

Lemon, that yellow oval citrus fruit, has been around for many of years. Known to be first grown originally in India, northern Burma and China, this fruit is very popularly the world over for its juice, pulp, oil, rind for a variety of purposes: used in culinary applications as juice, garnish, flavoring, and marinade, in aromatherapy, in first aid as antibacterial because of its low pH, in commercial industries prior to the development of fermentation-based processes as main source of citric acid, as household remedy for common cough and cold, and in household use.

Household applications include the following:

1. The peel oil is used as a wood cleaner and polish, where the solvent property of d-limonene is employed to dissolve old wax, fingerprints, and grime.
2. A halved lemon dipped in salt or baking powder can be used to brighten copper cookware. The acid dissolves the tarnish and the abrasives assist the cleaning.
3. As a sanitary kitchen deodorizer the juice can deodorize, remove grease, bleach stains, and disinfect; when mixed with baking soda, it can remove stains from plastic food storage containers.

If you are finding it hard to extract the juice from your lemon, allow it to come to room temperature before squeezing or heat it briefly in a microwave. Heating it in the microwave is like hitting two birds with one stone. You are not only able to squeeze the juice easier afterward, you get to loosen the grease that has stuck in the interior of your microwave oven.

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