Fruit Hacks

Save cut fruit from browning. You’ve probably heard that a little squeeze of lemon juice can keep apple slices from looking unappetizing.. The citric acid and vitamin C in lemon juice slows down the oxidation process that causes discoloring.

Roll your lemons. Roll your uncut lemon back and forth on your counter or chopping board with mild pressure to break down the lemon and make it easier to juice.

Keep bananas fresher. Wrap the ends of the bananas (separately is best) with some plastic wrap; it blocks ethylene gases from releasing out of the stem, consequently ripening the fruit too fast

Bathe your berries. Soak your berries (blueberries, strawberries etc) in a vinegar/water bath to help remove pesticides and prevent insta-mold.

Freeze grapes. Add them to your white wine to keep it cold without watering it down

Add frozen fruits to your water bottle. If they are frozen, they keep your water cold for longer. Lemon infused water is the easiest and the most refreshing to make, lemons are a natural slimming aid and cleanser the liver. A rosemary orange and lime infused water is simple to make. Slice two limes, one orange and a sprig of rosemary and add to the water, shake and leave for an hour. Rosemary contains powerful antioxidants and is believed to improve memory, while the orange contains a natural vitamin C.

Fruit and veg cleanser spray In a large spray bottle, mix together 1/4 cup vinegar with 4 cups water shake. Vinegar is known to naturally clean unwanted coats off your fruits and veggies without harming them. Leave them for a few minutes and rinse off.

Emergency candle. Use a lemon or orange for this. Cut your fruit (we’ll say orange) around the outside gently without piercing through the flesh of the orange. Go around the outside and put your thumb in between the flesh of the orange and the skin. Carefully remove the flesh from the skin, exposing the “wick” of the orange. Fill the orange skin with olive oil or vegetable oil (make sure the wick is also soaked in the oil) then light the wick! It might take a while to take the flame but its worth it and they look great in the dark! [photo step by step]

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