Lemon peel deserves more than just a place in your garbage can! Having more than 10 times the vitamin C content present in the lemon juice, you are missing out on a lot if you are disposing of them. Since centuries lemon peels have been incorporated in traditional medicines to fight cancer, bad cholesterol and bone loss due to osteoporosis.1
All you’ve to do is get lemon peels from lemons that organically sourced or at least devoid of pesticide residue. Here are some interesting ways to can make these canary yellow peels of goodness a part of your life.
Healthy Lemon Peel Recipes
Below the fantastic ways in which you can use leftover lemon peels in your cooking.
1. Lemon Peel And Herb Cooking Oil
Whether it’s a family lunch, friendly brunch or just a romantic date, use this recipe to cook some scrumptious meals that are healthy too.
- A 12-oz glass jar
- Peel of 2 lemons
- a teaspoon of chili flakes
- a teaspoon of garlic powder
- a handful of fresh thyme
- 10- 15 black peppercorns
To the clean and dried jar add your favorite cooking oil like olive or coconut or sunflower to fill it completely. Next, add all the dry ingredients and close the jar. Shake it well for 2 minutes and leave it in the refrigerator.
Take it out whenever you want to saute vegetables, grill chicken, marinate meat or even as a sauce for pasta.
2. Lemon Peel, Spice Seasoning Salt
Salt is a staple in our diet but won’t it be even better if salt can be healthy and flavorful too. That’s where the zesty lemon seasoning salt recipe comes to play.
- Zest of 3-4 lemons
- A tablespoon of fennel seeds
- 5-10 black peppercorns
- 1 cup of salt of your choice
In a food processor or spice grinder, add all ingredients and blend until they are powdered well. Store in a clean and airtight jar. For an intense seasoning, use it after 4 weeks to season meat, poultry, fish, and vegetables.
3. Homemade Lemon Sugar
Lemon peels are not alien to the world of baking. They are a part of numerous cookies, tarts, meringues, and pastries. If you love baking, you should try the recipe below.
- 1 cup of organic sugar
- zest of 2 lemons
Add both the sugar and lemon peels in a grinder and blend until they are powdered well. Store the lemon sugar in an airtight container and add to sweeten everything from your tea to cakes.
4. Lemon Butter
Butter doesn’t have to be bland every time and lemon butter is an example of how interesting it can get.
- 3 tablespoons melted butter
- Grated peel of 2 lemons
- 2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
In a mini food processor, blend all the ingredients until a creamy consistency is attained. You can store it refrigerated in parchment paper for ease.
Use it as a spread on a toast or a tortilla whenever you feel like having a nourishing snack. It can even be added to cook meat, potatoes or pasta too.
5. Lemon Zest Dipping Sauce
This dipping sauce recipe combines the tanginess of lemon peel and vinegar in an interesting manner.
- Zest of 4 lemons
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons organic sugar
- 1 cup of apple cider or rice wine vinegar
Combine all the ingredients in an airtight jar. Shake well and store it in a fridge. Use it as a yummy dip alongside your favorite chips, noodles, sushi or spring rolls.
6. Candied Lemon Peel
- 4 organic lemons
- 3 cups sugar
- 3 cups of water
Extract the pulp of the lemons and finely slice the lemon peels. This recipe uses the white bitter part of the peel too. Wash the lemon peel slices and keep them aside. In a saucepan, make a sugar syrup out of 3 cups of sugar in equal amounts of water.
Add the lemon peels and let it cook in the syrup until the white pith turns translucent. Store the candied lemon peel with syrup in an airtight glass jar. Filter it from the syrup whenever you want to add it to garnish cookies, cakes or any dessert of your choice.2
Try your hand at these delicious recipes using the cost=effective and super healthy lemon peels and you will surely become a fan!
|↑1||Lv, Xinmiao, Siyu Zhao, Zhangchi Ning, Honglian Zeng, Yisong Shu, Ou Tao, Cheng Xiao, Cheng Lu, and Yuanyan Liu. “Citrus fruits as a treasure trove of active natural metabolites that potentially provide benefits for human health.” Chemistry Central Journal 9, no. 1 (2015): 68.|
|↑2||Longbotham, Lori. Broadway Books, 2002 Lemon Zest: More Than 175 Recipes with a Twist. Broadway Books, 2002|