If Life Gives You Lemons Keep Them They Boost Flavor

Always keep fresh lemons and/or limes on hand. You won’t believe the difference they can make. Your tongue has trouble distinguishing between salt and sour as you pucker up with either. By adding a squeeze of fresh lemon juice at the end of your cooking or at the table, you’ll find many dishes brighten up with a hint of saltiness. You may have noticed that many Mexican dishes, especially soups, are served with a slice of lime on the side. Before you add lemon or lime juice to your plate or a whole pot, place a little of your food to the side and try a squeeze to see what the taste difference would be. Sometimes you need a little sometimes a lot for this to work.

Fresh lemon zest (the yellow part of the lemon) adds a brightness and a lot of flavor to food. Do not use the white part of the lemon (the pith), as it is bitter. Sprinkle on just about anything. Also, lime zest works well. Actually, any citrus zest is amazing. This is where organic or citrus without sprays would be best.

Add fresh lemon zest to olive oil with Zesty Lemon Herb seasoning, fresh lemon juice, maybe a little water and you have a delicious and quick dressing for a salad or vegetables. This is delicious, especially over green vegetables like asparagus, green beans, spinach, even avocados, etc.

Lemons also help with salt cravings. Take a wedge of lemon and suck on it. Then follow with water so the lemon doesn’t damage your teeth. It works for most folks.