Uses for lemon rinds

+17
Answered
I have the juice of 1 lemon in a glass of hot water each morning. What to do with the rinds? I don't make fruitcake. I do know that lemon rinds can be frozen, am just at a loss as to a further use for them. Thanks in advance for all your comments!
  14 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Nov 02, 2015
    Use them for cleaning with white vinegar,lemonade,potpourri are a few ideas.

    • See 1 previous
    • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Nov 02, 2015
      @Nora Dolan No not familar with the store but I bet the potpourri smells really good.

  • Lynda Dexter Lynda Dexter on Nov 03, 2015
    you can boil them in water to make your home smell good, grate some and freeze for use in cooking. put some in the disposal to freshen it and keep it from smelling.

  • Alison vinci Alison vinci on Nov 03, 2015
    Make limoncello!!

  • Elizabeth Roy Elizabeth Roy on Nov 03, 2015
    Zest prior to cutting and freeze for baking. Also, grind them up in your garbage disposal. Cleans and leaves a really nice scent. Add the skins to white vinegar to use as a household cleaner.

  • Peggy Peggy on Nov 03, 2015
    Chop them up and scatter in your garde, they deter bugs, especially squash bugs.

  • Chris Chris on Nov 03, 2015
    I have made candied orange peel with an end dipped in chocolate as a confection. Why not try it with lemon peel. Check the web for Anna Olsen, a Canadian baking professional. She has an easy recipe for it.

    • Nora Dolan Nora Dolan on Nov 03, 2015
      @Chris Thanks!!! This is great, had occurred to me but hadn't found a source yet.

  • Nora Dolan Nora Dolan on Nov 03, 2015
    Nice, thanks!

  • Peggy Peggy on Nov 03, 2015
    Sure, I guess so, though I haven't tried it. I just put the rinds in a food processor, chop them, then freeze in a ziplock

  • Linda Caromile Linda Caromile on Nov 03, 2015
    Lemoncello liqueur is made from lemon rinds, yellow part only, no white pith! I'm sure you can find the recipe on line.

  • Chris Bowman Chris Bowman on Nov 03, 2015
    you can dry the rind...while or in strips...you have a wonderful add to potporri item.. i can't spell, but i can dry...one thing.,..if you dry in your oven do it on barely warm...i use my food dryer on a low cycle...house smells loverly....

  • Lisa Lisa on Nov 07, 2015
    put your lemon rinds in a spray bottle with vinegar for an all natural cleaner, you can also add your favorite essential oil if you like.

  • Martha May Martha May on Nov 11, 2015
    Grate the rind and freeze. Use in cheesecakes, salads a little sprinkled through. You can clean the flesh out and stud all over the skin with whole cloves. the skin will eventually dry put a cord through the top, hang in wardrobe. Keeps moths away and smells nice. The bit of juice left in the pulp helps bleach or lighten freckles and brown spots on hands face and neck. Do not wash off. The skin not the pith has a lot of oil. Chop finely or grate the skin off into a bottle, cover with vodka about 1/2 a cup. Replace lid ad store in a dark place for at least 3 months. Use as lemon essence. Cakes, muffins. Stews. About a teaspoon full. Also good as an astringent for oily skin. Wet a cotton pad or ball, gentle press most of water out add 2 drops of essence only and roll around to spread the essence then gently pat over the oily parts on face. Follow with a face cream for oily skin. This can also lighten blemishes or brown spots over time.

    • Nora Dolan Nora Dolan on Nov 11, 2015
      @Martha May Wow, that is amazing- so many uses for what's been going in the compost. Many thanks!!!

  • Linda Caromile Linda Caromile on Jun 08, 2016
    For lemoncello the rinds are cut into strips, the white pith is removed,, then the lemon strips are added to alcohol. After a few weeks, sugar and water is added to the lemon flavored alcohol, rind strips are drained. Voila!!

  • Nora Dolan Nora Dolan on Jun 08, 2016
    Lots of great and helpful ideas- love this forum!