We’ve finally processed all or our lemons. By our best guesses the one tree gave us over 200 pounds of lemons! But even though we have quite the abundance of lemons I don’t want to waste any of them. So we created a little system for processing the lemons to get the most out of them.
If the rind was blemish free, we zested and dehydrated it until we had enough for the year.
Then we would cut the lemon in half and juice it. We also did this with the lemons that had blemishes on them.
Lastly, we take the discarded rind, pith and pulp and added to a 5 gallon bucket that has vinegar in it. That should be enough to last us all year. We also throw in other citrus peels like grapefruit and oranges. To use, we put it in a labeled spray bottle an just use it straight. We use it to clean the kitchen and bathrooms. We also use it to freshen up the chicken coop.
- Lemon rinds, or other citrus scraps – organic if possible
- White vinegar
- Optional: fresh aromatic, antiseptic herbs such as lavender, mint, rosemary, sage, or thyme
- A large glass jar or other container for steeping
- A fine-mesh strainer and/or cheesecloth
- A spray bottle
Collect citrus peels in a large jar or bucket. It might take you several days to gather enough to fill the jar. If it takes longer than 3-4 days, keep the saved peels in the freezer until you have enough.
Pour enough vinegar over the peels until it covers them.
Let the peels steep in the vinegar for at least a week and up to 3 weeks.
Once the peels are finished steeping, strain the peels out using a fine mesh strainer. I like to strain the citrus cleaner twice just to make sure I've gotten all the small particles out.
Pour the citrus vinegar into a spray bottle using a funnel if needed and label.
To Use Citrus Cleaner:
Spray the citrus cleaner onto countertops, doors and door knobs, floor, and walls just as you would a commercial cleaner. Let sit for a couple of minutes before wiping off with a damp cloth.
Do not use vinegar citrus cleaner on granite, marble, or other sensitive stone surfaces. Don't use it on wood furniture or natural wood floors. However, it can be used on cutting boards.
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