Before you just throw out your lemon peels, keep in mind the following uses:
- Zest the entire lemon first and use the zest immediately in recipes to add some instant, strong lemon flavor and essence, or start a container in your freezer where you can use or add to it whenever needed. You can also dry the zest to add to recipes later as well.
- Use some of the lemon peel for garnishes for meals and cocktails at home to add some instant Martha Stewart-ness, or prepare them and then freeze them for use at a moments notice when that unexpected guest pops over.
- Throw the used lemon peel down your disposal and turn it on with water running until it is ground up. It will instantly freshen up your sink!
I also hear that lemons make awesome microphones (watch the video!) and make great cups for vodka sorbet.
What other ways do you use lemon peels or lemons in general?