5. Make Homemade Lemon Pepper Seasoning
Whether you are preparing chicken wings, pasta, grilled veggies or roasted potatoes, you can enhance the taste with homemade lemon pepper seasoning. The savory blend of salt, zesty lemon peel and freshly cracked black pepper is all that you need to take your culinary skills to new levels.
Preheat your oven on the lowest possible setting.
Using a zester or vegetable peeler, remove the yellow part from the outside of 4 or 5 lemons.
Coarsely grind ¼ cup of black peppercorns.
In a small bowl, thoroughly mix together the crushed pepper and lemon zest.
Spread the mixture evenly on a baking sheet.
Bake it on low until the mixture is dry.
Add ¼ cup of sea salt to the mixture.
Store it in an airtight container and use as needed.
This homemade seasoning will last for up to 6 months.
Even without adding the pepper, you can use lemon zest to flavor both sweet and savory dishes.
6. Brighten Yellow Nails and Teeth
No matter how beautifully you cut and shape your nails, if they have a yellowish tinge you’ll be reaching for some nail polish. But it’s important to give your nails a break from the polish, as they need air to breathe and remain healthy.
To brighten yellow nails, lemon peel is one of the best secrets. The acidic property of the peels helps reduce discoloration. In addition, it is effective in treating nail infections that may be causing the discoloration.
Soak your nails in warm water for 10 minutes.
Rub each of your nails with fresh lemon peels for 20 to 30 seconds.
Rinse your nails with water.
Use this treatment twice daily until your nails are no longer discolored.
You can also use fresh lemon peels to reduce the yellow tinge accumulated on your teeth. Its bleaching property helps reduce teeth staining, especially smoking stains.
Rub lemon peel over your teeth for 2 to 3 minutes.
Rinse your teeth and mouth thoroughly with lukewarm water.
Do this twice daily until you are satisfied with the results.
7. Create Lemon-Infused Oil
Lemon-infused olive oil is a superb addition to practically anything you would dress with olive oil.
From vegetables like roasted peppers to seafood, quick pasta dishes and healthy salads, lemon-infused olive oil will show off your culinary skills.
As both lemon and olive oil are superfoods, you’ll also enjoy the health benefits of both in a single step.
Dry the peels of 5 or 6 lemons (don’t use the bitter white pith) for at least 1 hour in a sunny place to remove any moisture.
Put the dried lemon peels into a jar (one with a tight-fitting lid).
Pour 3 cups of extra-virgin olive oil over the lemon peels.
Seal the jar tightly and keep it in a dry place out of direct sunlight for 1 or 2 months.
Strain the lemon-infused oil through a sieve and store it in a clean jar.
Use as needed.