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Lemons are an incredible powerful fruit with endless benefits for home and beauty. Even more powerful than the fruit is powder. Yep, lemon powder!
Today I want to share with you how to make lemon powder plus why you should use it.
Remember this post I shared last year about lemons? We talked in depth about the chemical aspects of lemon and why it is so beneficial for your health.
One of the sections mentioned that the lemon peel or rind houses many more potent chemicals compared to the flesh. That is why you see me using lemon peels all the time.
I will put an entire lemon in my smoothie in the mornings (P.s come back tomorrow for my favorite anti-inflammatory smoothie). Rind and all! It is very strong, but I want to get all those awesome benefits in the peel when I can.
Lemon zest is a great option for flavor in cooking and baking. Zest will hold flavor in high temperatures, so when you are making something lemony, it is the perfect addition. It also jazzes up vegetables, chicken, rice, and even pasta dishes.
Any even better option that lemon zest?
I have been using lemon powder for everything including all my homemade cleaning solutions. It is cheaper than essential oils and packs a punch of color, flavor, and scent.
First, I will show you how to make your own. Then, I will talk more about some chemistry tips on it.
6 organic lemons (or as many you want)
1. Score the lemons like the photo below. This allows you to remove the peel easier. Try to get only the peel. (You can also use a peeler to get really thin strips from the top layer, but I prefer to cut them like this to get all the rind 🙂 )
2. Next, slice the lemon rinds into thin strips.
3. Place on a dry baking sheet, evenly distributed.
4. Bake at 200 degrees for a 2-3 hours until all the moisture has been removed (they will be crispy for the most part). This is like using a dehydrator. If you have a dehydrator, feel free to use that!
5. Allow the peels to dry completely. They should be the texture of a potato chip! Add them to a spice grinder (this actually works best) or food processor and pulse until powder.
6. Store in airtight container.
View the Video Below!
How to Use Lemon Powder
One teaspoon will be the same as 1 teaspoon of zest. You can substitute lemon powder for lemon extract in many recipes. It should be a 1:1 ratio.
For smoothies: add 1 teaspoon per 12-16 oz (Smoothie recipe for this tomorrow!)
For cleaning: If you own Chemistry Hacks for Home & Outdoors, use a few teaspoons in any recipe you want! I love adding it to the bathroom cleaners and kitchen cleaners.
Chemist Tips on Lemon Powder
Like we shared in this post on the health benefits of lemon, lemon powder contains the powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, inflammation fighting properties and more.
The flesh of a lemon is also very healthy, but isn’t as useful for things like cleaning or adding to baked goods since it does contain sugars. But the flesh of a lemon is still healthy for eating or using!
Another chemist tip for lemon powder is gardening! I have been testing it out on my plants and will be sharing the details in the upcoming newsletter which comes out once a month. The next one will be the April 13th. It is a fun issue!
Coming up next this week on Chemistry Cachet, follow along to see how I am using this lemon powder in my ultimate green smoothie!