Cheese graters have a lot of different uses – most of them are self-explanatory – but cleaning them can turn into a big hassle. All those little holes! But there’s a really easy way to make sure your grater is ready for the next block of cheddar. Cut a lemon in half and cover the cut side in dish soap – enough to get the entire grater clean.
Then, scrub the grater with the lemon. The pulp and rind will make sure the soap gets spread into all the little openings, while the lemon’s acidity will loosen tough smudges and caked-on food. After everything’s been scrubbed, give it a nice rinse, and that should be that.
Bring Wilted Lettuce Back to Life
Lettuce is great in all kinds of dishes, from sandwiches to salads to much more complicated meals, but wilted lettuce is so depressing. And it looks bad. And it doesn't taste very good. But that does not mean it has to stay that way.
Take that sad lettuce and plunge it into some cold water to give it a shock of life. Adding some lemon juice is said to encourage cell turnover and thus absorb more water thanks to the acidity in the juice. You don't have to grind your way through mealy leaves anymore, thanks to this easy trick.
Get the Cooking Smell Off Your Hands
For a lot of people, the smell of freshly cooked food on their hands is a reward for their hard work. For others, it can get pretty annoying. We bet you can figure out what we're going to tell you is a good way to get rid of that smell.
Yes, once again, lemons come in handy freshening things up. If you've just spent some time chopping onion or garlic, wash your hands with soap and hot water and then finish up with some lemon juice. It's a lot more effective for getting rid of a stank that you don't want hanging around.
Lemon and Mint Ice Cubes
Ice cubes keep any drink nice and cold, but if you REALLY want to take things up a notch, make some of these bad Larrys. Stock each little ice cube spot with a small piece of lemon and a sprig of mint before pouring the water in, and once the water freezes into ice, you'll have cubes that will provide a fresh flavor to any kind of drink.
Add them to mixed drinks, throw them into the water for a slow-release flavor, or add some pop to your favorite lemonade or any other classic summer drink. Let's face it; plain ice cubes are so out this summer.
Lemon Fish Straight from the Grill
Cooking some fresh seafood on the grill is one of life's greatest joys, but what if you want your main dish to be a little fruity at the same time? Take some advice from this pic and add a few slices of lemon – or any citrus fruit of your choice – in with the fish while it's cooking over the glowing embers.
The fish will absorb the flavor and the juices to give it a wonderful new taste and a great mouth feel. No, it's a thing, really. Look it up. Anyway, if it tastes good, that's enough, right?