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7 Suprising things you never knew lemons could do

You know that lemons add a delicious, citrusy kick to everything from salad dressings to cocktails. And you may have heard about their impressive health benefits — lemons contain antibacterial properties and may strengthen your immune system. Lemons also offer a hefty dose of vitamin C and other antioxidants that can fight free radicals and may help keep you looking and feeling younger.

But lemons also have some unexpected uses, too. Here are seven ways this handy fruit can solve your trickiest kitchen dilemmas and help enhance your meals:

1. Lemon Juice Prevents Your Fruits and Vegetables From Turning Brown

A few squeezes of juice can do wonders for avocados apples, bananas, and peeled raw potatoes, since lemon juice is just acidic enough to prevent the oxidation that turns produce brown. Try this trick the next time you’re doing meal prep ahead of time or when you set out a platter of fresh sliced fruit.

2. Lemon Juice Helps You Avoid Sticky Rice 

Have a problem with clumpy rice? You’re in luck­ — adding a few drops of lemon juice to your cooking water helps prevent the rice from sticking together.

3. Lemon Peel Keeps Brown Sugar Soft — and Saves You the Sifting

The juice isn’t the only useful part of the lemon; its super moist and flavorful peel can work wonders in the kitchen, too. Add a slice of the skin (with the pulp completely removed) to your box of brown sugar to keep it from clumping and hardening. This way, you won’t have to do any sifting the next time you want to use your sugar.

4. Lemon Juice Makes Your Lettuce Crispy All Over Again

No need to toss that limp lettuce! A little lemon juice and water can help bring your leaves back to life. To crisp up limp leaves, soak them in a bowl of cold water and ½ cup of lemon juice, then refrigerate for about an hour. The leaves will come out revived and ready for eating.

5. Lemon Juice Helps You Cook Perfectly Hard-Boiled Eggs 

Even if you’ve mastered perfectly hard-boiled eggs, try brushing the eggshells with lemon juice before adding them to the pot for a little added insurance. The lemon juice helps keep the shells from cracking while they cook, and it also makes them easier to peel once they’re ready to eat. Try this technique when boiling your eggs and you will enjoy.

6. Lemon Juice Tenderizes Meat and Makes It Even Tastier

Lemon juice is a great meat tenderizer; the acidity gently breaks down the protein fibers in meat, leaving it scrumptiously fork-tender.

7. Lemon Juice Enhances the Flavor of Your Food — No Need to Add Salt

A little bit of lemon can totally transform a meal, brightening up creamier dishes and balancing the flavor in seafood. It also provides a great sodium-free substitute for salt. This is perfect for those with high blood pressure and anyone looking to cook healthier dishes without sacrificing flavor. Squeeze some lemon on your fish before frying and you will love the test.

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