How to Keep Your Lemons Fresh for a Month

Earlier this season I was blessed with a steady stream and quite generous supply of organic fresh-picked lemons from one of my cardiac rehab patients. (Thank you, Bob S.!) Although I couldn’t possibly consume even one of his weekly harvests in a couple of weeks, I found a way to keep them fresh for a long time.

I truly appreciate these little homegrown globes of sunshine as their juice and zest add a zing of freshness to my handmade salad dressings as well as green salads, dips, sides, fish, and fresh fruit. And if you’re a natural homekeeper like me, you’ll also use the lemons for cleaning!

After trying different methods over the years through trial and error and some by accident (!), here are the BEST and WORST ways to get the most juice out of your lemons (and limes) and make them last:

The BEST:

  • Sealed in a zipper-lock plastic bag and refrigerated! I found they will last for well over a month in the refrigerator — really! The sealed bag helps to retain moisture, so the lemons don’t dehydrate as quickly.

The WORST: 

  • Stored at room temperature on the counter. They’ll get hard and dry. Although I must admit, I sacrifice a few because I love how their bright colors brighten up my kitchen and tabletop.
  • Stored loosely in your refrigerator. They’ll shrivel up and turn brown even in the crisper drawer.
  • Stored in the supermarket produce bags and refrigerated. They’ll dry out in these flimsy bags regardless of where you store them in your frig.

Apple c heart symbol_40x54Fit Tip: After you’ve juiced your lemon, slice them into quarters and toss them in your garbage disposal with a few ice cubes. It’ll clean the disposer, knock off the gunk that’s built up on the blades, so they keep grinding properly (it does NOT sharpen the blades), and it’ll smell oh-so-fresh! 🙂 And to get the most juice out of your lemons, here’s my latest and greatest Fit Find

How to Store Your Groceries

How to Store Your Groceries

Save money! The most expensive food you can buy is the food that spoils and gets thrown away. This list tells you where to store, how to store and how long the following will keep:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Herbs
  • Meat, Fish and Eggs
  • Bread and Dairy

For the complete list: https://www.pinterest.com/karenowoc/50-fit-tips-to-eat-fresh/

When Organic Produce Pays Off

Organic vs. Conventional - How do you choose?
Organic vs. conventional – Is is worth the price?

Fresh fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber and a special treat at any time of year.  However, fruits consistently top the list of produce that are most contaminated by pesticides.

Buying pesticide-free produce is the best choice, but they’re generally more costly or may be unavailable. Knowing when it’s smart to buy organic and when to go conventional, you’ll save yourself some extra money.    Continue reading “When Organic Produce Pays Off”

How to Keep Your Berries Fresh

Berry season is here and it’s time to enjoy all those sweet, luscious strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries. But if you’re trying to stretch each grocery dollar, you won’t want to end up throwing your money away.

Berries are a super food, but they’re delicate. How often have you spent $5.00 on a basket of berries only to discover they’re growing fuzzy mold the next day, then end up throwing these precious gems away? Protect your investment with vinegar!

VINEGAR RINSE

Fresh RaspberriesBathe your berries in diluted vinegar as soon as you bring them home. Prepare a mixture of one part white or apple cider vinegar with 10 parts water. You won’t taste the vinegar since it’s so diluted. Rinse berries, then swirl them in this solution for one full minute:

  • 2 tablespoons vinegar, white or apple cider
  • 1 1/4 cups water

For more berries, double the dose and use:

  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 2 1/2 cups water

Vinegar kills the mold spores and other bacteria that are on the surface of the berries. They’ll stay mold-free, plump and firm for a week or more, so now you can stock up when they’re on sale!

Apple c heart symbol_40x54Fit Tip: Do not soak for more than a minute or you’ll lose valuable water-soluble vitamins.) Drain, and rinse if desired, then store them in the fridge.

Omega Muffins

Walnuts are rich in healthy essential fats.

Omega-3  and omega-6 fatty acids are essential fats that your body can’t make on its own and can only get from the food you eat. So here’s one way to slip some healthy fat into your diet.

It’s currently recommended that you consume 7-11 grams of omega-3 fatty acids each week. They’re crucial for brain function and there’s strong evidence they reduce your risk for heart disease. These fats are also great for your skin! (See Eating for Healthy Skin – Part 2.)   Continue reading “Omega Muffins”