5 Fun Ways to Use Citrus

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Citrus is bright, fragrant and a wonderfully healthy ingredient you can enjoy year-round. Store lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruit for up to 3 days on the countertop or refrigerated in your crisper for up to two weeks.

Try one of these five fresh ways to use citrus and liven up your kitchen.

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Tip 1

Have you ever started a recipe, only to realize that you don’t have buttermilk on hand? If you have fresh milk and a lemon, you’re golden: Just add 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon to 1 cup of milk for a fast buttermilk substitution.

Tip 2

finger-limeBored of cooking the same old recipes? Here is an easy, chic way to go gourmet.

Check out these amazing finger limes — the fruit inside separates into separate beads that pop in your mouth like those tiny fish eggs they place on top of sushi. Try using these lime beads on top of any finger food, like my spicy tuna cups or sprinkle them over chilled pudding or your favorite key lime pie.

Tip 3

Pair any citrus with chilies for an amazing marinade perfect for chicken or fish. Simply add the juice of one lime, or the juice of 1/2 orange or grapefruit to a few chopped, canned chipotle chilies in adobo. Or choose my chipotle chicken recipe or make this tangy orange chipotle shrimp with lime mayo.

Tip 4

Chicken is one of the most popular proteins in America, but if you’re ever bothered by the smell of raw chicken, then lemon is your new best friend. Place raw chicken in a colander and squeeze the juice of one lemon over its surface to minimize odors.

Tip 5

Citrus is a kitchen essential but it can also be great for homemade beauty products. Make a fast and inexpensive grapefruit scrub to smooth out rough patches on your toes and heels. Or try a rosemary lemon rinse for shiny hair.

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