When Life Gives You Lemons… 11 Uses That Aren’t Lemonade

Source: 10 Amazing Ways to Use Lemons

My list goes up to 11 ūüėČ

The closest related to food was stain removal from plastic containers. ¬†The rest are polishing or cleaning related. ¬†Which makes sense – like vinegar, citrus is mildly acidic, organic and non-toxic. ¬†There’ve been studies that suggest vinegar is better than chlorine for cleaning.

#11: limoncello (Italian lemon liqueur) Рexcellent recipe.  Ideally you want Meyer lemons and grain alcohol (Everclear), but vodka (zero malt Scotch) works.  Limoncello recipes only use the zest (not peel/rind Рread here for the difference), so you can use the lemon for other things.

There is a “low” dose of vitamin K in lemons. ¬†But lemons are not the sort of thing many are going to over-consume ūüėČ ¬†I don’t have details, but I suspect the vitamin K is in the zest, as with most citrus fruit.

Why Beer Isn’t Sold in Plastic Bottles

Plastic as a material has pretty much changed the way we live our lives- it’s cheap, can be molded into practically any shape and is, for the most the part, easily recyclable (when people bother to). So why is it that we still use glass bottles and cans to store our beer in? Is it to do with aesthetics? Taste? Or is there another factor at play?

Article:¬†Why Beer Isn’t Sold in Plastic Bottles

It’s not covered in the article, but a plastic container might make for a faster cooling beverage. ¬†The material is less thick than glass, so less time cooling the material before getting¬†to the liquid inside. ¬†But it’d also be quicker to warm when you have it in your hand…

PSA: Don’t Pour Grease Down The Drain

Seriously, do NOT.  For more information, including disgusting examples and photos Рsee this article.

The fats in the grease and oil from your kitchen mix with the other chemicals in the sewers and form nasty conglomerations of chemicals that can build up and block the pipes that take our dirty water to the wastewater treatment plant.

Put your grease in the trash, not the sink.

Cook sparingly with oil – it’s easier/better to add more than to have too much. ¬†But you don’t get a choice with bacon. Storing in plastic containers are not a good idea, as they might melt if you don’t let the oil/grease cool. ¬†I use the leftover metal containers from canned goods. ¬†If you did enough volume, it’d be worth the time to make biofuel. ¬†One day, municipal¬†services¬†will likely provide such a means but currently they’re telling people to put the left over fat/oil in the landfill.