lemons http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/8798/all en-US 10 Smart Uses for Food That's About to Go Bad http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-uses-for-food-thats-about-to-go-bad <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-smart-uses-for-food-thats-about-to-go-bad" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_herbs_kitchen_000057836846.jpg" alt="Woman finding smart uses for good that&#039;s about to go bad" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It happens all too often that we buy food that we don't get around to eating fast enough, and it ends up on the verge of spoiling. But all isn't lost when there's a soft spot in your fruits and veggies. Turn lemons into lemonade &mdash; literally &mdash; plus a few more edible hacks with these smart uses for food that's about to go bad.</p> <h2>1. Make Smoothies and Bread Out of Bananas, Zucchini, Sweet Potatoes, and Carrots</h2> <p>Banana bread is best when the bananas have been left on the counter to turn into black vessels of near mush &mdash; we all know that &mdash; but there are other fruits and vegetables that can be utilized in a similar manner before they're completely wasted.</p> <p>Zucchini, sweet potatoes, carrots, and spinach all can be salvaged for smoothies, and in some cases, like zucchini, baked goods. I can't give you my grandma's recipe for the latter &mdash; she'd have my head &mdash; but you can try somebody else's grandma's recipe for moist, delicious, <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/6698/moms-zucchini-bread/">spicy zucchini bread</a>.</p> <p>As for the smoothies, it helps to have a <a href="http://amzn.to/1NWuFdJ">juicer</a> to separate the pulp when using carrots and spinach for smoothies, but you can strain it all the same, and many blenders these days can pulverize the ingredients so there's nary a stringy piece in the drink. I always recommend the <a href="http://amzn.to/26TUnpA">Ninja brand</a>, but another may work better for you.</p> <h2>2. Make Vegetable Stock From Near-the-End Veggies</h2> <p>If you have a crisper full of veggies that are on their last leg, turn them into a stock that you can freeze and use later in soups and other recipes.</p> <p>&quot;You can save all the bits and ends from vegetables you've trimmed throughout the week (stems of broccoli or leafy greens, ends of carrots, garlic and onions, soft tomatoes, or wilted greens), gradually adding to a freezer bag, and when it's full you'll be ready to start a new batch of veggie stock,&quot; says Rebecca Lewis, HelloFresh's in-house registered dietician. Here's a recipe:</p> <h3>Ingredients:</h3> <ul> <li>2&ndash;3 pounds vegetable peels (enough to fill a 1 gallon freezer bag). Suggested vegetables: onions and garlic (including skins), peeled carrots, fennel, celery, leafy greens (kale, Swiss chard, mustard greens), and herbs</li> <li>12 cups water</li> <li>1 bay leaf</li> <li>6&ndash;8 peppercorns</li> <li>1 t salt</li> </ul> <h3>Method:</h3> <p>Empty the gallon baggie of veggie trimmings into a large stock pot along with the bay leaf and peppercorns. Add eight cups of water and see where your water level is. Remember it &mdash; this will be the level of where your stock will roughly be after reducing it. Then add the other four cups of water and the salt.</p> <p>Bring to a slow simmer over high heat, then reduce heat to maintain the simmer, keeping the pot uncovered. When the liquid has reduced to the point you recalled earlier, taste the stock. If it doesn't seem concentrated enough, simmer for another hour or two.</p> <p>Remove the stock from heat and strain through a colander. Squeeze all of the stock out of the veggies then discard the veggies. You should end up with roughly eight cups of concentrated stock.</p> <h2>3. Freeze Herbs in Olive Oil</h2> <p>I love cooking with fresh herbs, but it's annoying to buy a huge bunch when I only need a little for the recipe I'm making, like a chicken noodle soup. Parsley and cilantro are the major culprits in this dilemma, and cilantro, in my experience, tends to go bad much quicker than parsley.</p> <p>To get the most herb for my money, I started chopping them up all at once when I get home (or when I first need them for a recipe). I put a bit of the chopped herbs in a plastic baggie in the fridge so I can cook with them throughout the week. I put the rest in ice cube trays with olive oil, place them in the freezer, and then transfer the frozen cubes to a freezer bag for sautéing and other recipes later. This is a really simple and easy way to preserve your herbs instead of buying a new bunch every time and throwing half of it away.</p> <h2>4. Infuse Olive Oil With Herbs and Peppers</h2> <p>People pay a pretty penny for flavored olive oils at fancy gourmet supermarkets, but you can make your own at home by putting your on-the-verge-of-spoiling herbs and peppers in the bottle for preservation and flavor. Let it sit for at least a week for maximum flavor, and either use them in your own cooking or give them as gifts if they're in a presentable bottle.</p> <h2>5. Place Vanilla Bean Pods in Sugar</h2> <p>If you have an unused vanilla bean after a round of baking &mdash; this is particularly useful at holiday time &mdash; consider adding them to your sugar to enhance its flavor. You can place the pods directly in the sugar or slice them open and scrape out the insides and mix them in the sugar. If you want to do it the easy way, just put the pods in the sugar and let them sit for two weeks. Your sugar will have an amazing vanilla taste and scent.</p> <h2>6. Put on a Pot of &quot;Peasant Stew&quot;</h2> <p>I'm not a huge fan of soups and stews &mdash; I'm a very picky eater and totally &quot;anti-chunk&quot; in my food (my fellow finicky foodies know what I'm talking about) &mdash; but cookbook author Cynthia MacGregor's idea of taking just about anything you have lying around the kitchen and making a meal out of it before it goes bad seems pretty ingenious. She didn't invent it, of course, but it sure sounds like she's perfected it.</p> <p>&quot;Ideally you'll start saving food for a peasant soup/stew as you go along, freezing whatever will freeze well,&quot; she says. &quot;When you have one or more foods that won't freeze well or have reached their outer limit, or you're just in a cookin' frame of mind, defrost what you've saved frozen &mdash; from complicated recipes down to simple simmered veggies &mdash; in a suitably large cooking vessel. Add whatever you want, from herbs to wine to chicken stock to garlic to onions to Worcestershire sauce to plain yogurt or sour cream &mdash; the list goes on.&quot;</p> <p>Got celery that's looking droopy? Toss it in. Got nothing crunchy in the fridge and you'd like to sink your teeth into something? Try a can of water chestnuts. Want color? Add a jar of pimentos. Looking to make the stew/soup more hearty? Add potatoes or, for a twist, yucca. Taste as it cooks.</p> <h2>7. Cut Old Bread Into Croutons and Bake</h2> <p>Instead of throwing away your stale bread, cut it into cubes, drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and dried herbs if you'd like, and place it in the oven in a single layer on a baking sheet for 15 minutes at 400 degrees. You'll have perfectly crispy croutons every time. This hack is for stale bread only, by the way; moldy bread is not salvageable &mdash; just throw it away.</p> <h2>8. Puree Delicate Berries for Yogurt and Dessert Toppings</h2> <p>I have a love-hate relationship with berries &mdash; strawberries and raspberries, in particular &mdash; because they spoil so quickly. I've picked up raspberries from the market that have gone bad within 48 hours of purchase, and considering how expensive they can be, it's not something to which I look forward.</p> <p>Now, if I know I'm not able to eat the amount of berries I've purchased within that short window of time, I'll take a portion out for other purposes. One thing I like to do is mash up raspberries and mix them in my yogurt. If you do this and store them in an air-tight container, they last up to a few more days than if they were left in the fridge whole. As for other berries, like strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries, I like to either boil them down with a bit of <a href="http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/blueberry-compote.html">water, sugar, and lemon juice</a>, which makes a nice, thick sauce for desserts or pancakes, or freeze them to throw in smoothies.</p> <h2>9. Make Patties or Fritters Out of Beans, Grains, and Shredded Meats</h2> <p>What to do with those little bits of beans, grains, and shredded meats that may not be substantial enough for a decent meal? Turn them into patties or fritters says Liza Baker, an integrative nutritional health coach.</p> <p>&quot;Cooked beans, vegetables, grains, and even flaked fish and shredded meat and poultry can be mixed with egg, some bread crumbs (gluten-free or not), and some herbs (dry or fresh) and/or spices and quickly browned in a little butter or olive oil (or ghee or coconut oil) and served on their own, on a bun, under an egg (poached or fried), or crumbled into a wrap,&quot; she says.</p> <h2>10. Use Old Lemons as a Cleaner</h2> <p>Lemons too soft and bitter for anything but the trash? Not so fast. Even if the lemon is past when it tastes its best, its lemony power can still be used to clean and sanitize surfaces in your home. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-use-your-food-that-dont-involve-eating?ref=seealso" target="_blank">4 Ways to Use Your Food That Don't Involve Eating</a>)</p> <p>&quot;If you have lemons that are going bad, they can be used as a cleaner,&quot; says money-saving enthusiast and blogger Karen Cordaway. &quot;If you have stains that are hard to get off of your pans or stove top, mix baking soda, vinegar (tablespoon of each), and some lemon to scrub off those stubborn stains. It works extremely well.&quot;</p> <p><em>How do you extend the life of your foods that are about to go bad? I'd love to hear some of your ideas in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-uses-for-food-thats-about-to-go-bad">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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What recourse do you have?</p> <p>When you buy a car, you expect to be able to depend on that car. Most vehicles will break down or need repairs occasionally, but your car being out of service should be a rare event. Even used cars can be very reliable for 200,000 miles or more these days.</p> <p>However, some cars are not very reliable at all. There is even a name for them &mdash; lemons.</p> <h2>How to Avoid Buying a Lemon</h2> <p>It is not always possible to avoid ending up with a lemon, but sometimes you can spot warning signs and avoid buying a car that is likely to give you trouble.</p> <h3>Research Reliability</h3> <p>Check vehicle reliability reports and avoid models that have low reliability scores. Even new cars can have serious reliability issues due to faulty components or manufacturing issues. The first production year of a new model or major model update is often the least reliable.</p> <h3>Avoid Salvage Titles</h3> <p>If you are shopping for a used car, be wary buying a car with a salvage title. Cars that have had serious damage are issued a salvage title. Although it is possible that a car with a salvage title has been properly repaired, sometimes wrecked cars are bent back in shape and sold without properly replacing all of the damaged parts. The result can be a vehicle that is unsafe and will require lots of future repairs.</p> <h3>Skip High Mileage &quot;New&quot; Cars</h3> <p>Watch out for a &quot;new&quot; car for sale that has a lot of miles on it. A car sold as a new car that has thousands of miles on it may have been used as an errand car by the staff at the dealership or has been taken for lots of test drives. Either way, it has more wear and tear &mdash; and less warranty remaining &mdash; than a truly new car</p> <h2>What to Do With a Lemon?</h2> <p>So what can you do if you are struggling with a car that is not reliable?</p> <h3>Start With the Warranty</h3> <p>See if your car has a vehicle warranty that covers your issues. Getting your vehicle repaired under warranty will not cost you anything except your time. Most new cars come with several years of coverage for major systems including the engine and transmission. Some used cars come with a warranty of 30 days or more that cover major mechanical problems.</p> <p>Vehicle warranties expire after a certain amount of mileage or time, so you need to take your car in for warranty repair service before the warranty expires. After the warranty expires, you will need to pay for repairs out of your own pocket.</p> <h3>Get a Refund Under the Lemon Law</h3> <p>In some cases, reasonable attempts to repair your car do not get it running reliably. Some cars keep breaking down for the same reason, even after repairs are completed. This is where the legal definition of &quot;lemon&quot; comes into play.</p> <p>The federal lemon law was established in 1975 to assist vehicle owners in dealing with defective vehicles and other goods. The basic idea of the lemon law is that if a faulty vehicle cannot be repaired, the manufacturer must replace it or provide a refund. Since state law applies to many aspects of warranty coverage, the specific details of what constitutes a lemon varies from state to state.</p> <p>As an example, in my state of Iowa, if you have owned a vehicle for less than two years and driven it less than 24,000 miles, it is considered a lemon if:</p> <ul> <li>Your vehicle has been in the shop for repairs at least three times for the same problem with no success;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Your vehicle's malfunction could cause serious injury or death, and the problem has not been fixed;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Your vehicle has been out of service for at least 20 days total and it still doesn't work properly.</li> </ul> <p>You can check your state's lemon laws at your state's attorney general office or consumer protection agency.</p> <p>The key to getting your vehicle replaced or refunded under the lemon law depends on proper documentation of the issues with your vehicle. You will need to document your repair attempts and how much time your vehicle has been out of service in order to meet the legal definition of a lemon in your state.</p> <p>In order to claim a refund under the lemon law, you need to notify the manufacturer of the issues with your vehicle. If the issues cannot be resolved within 10 days, you can request that the vehicle be replaced or the purchase price be refunded.</p> <p><em>Have you ever been stuck with a lemon? How'd you get rid of it?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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Here&#039;s What You Need to Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-easy-ways-to-calculate-your-new-car-budget">7 Easy Ways to Calculate Your New Car Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-smart-ways-to-boost-your-gas-mileage">11 Smart Ways to Boost Your Gas Mileage</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-times-you-can-score-a-great-deal-on-a-new-car">5 Times You Can Score a Great Deal on a New Car</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-things-you-should-know-about-rental-car-insurance">3 Things You Should Know About Rental Car Insurance</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Cars and Transportation buying new car high mileage lemon law lemons vehicles warranties Fri, 01 Apr 2016 09:30:24 +0000 Dr Penny Pincher 1681753 at http://www.wisebread.com 25 Alternative Uses for Lemons http://www.wisebread.com/25-alternative-uses-for-lemons <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/25-alternative-uses-for-lemons" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/lemons.jpg" alt="Bowl of lemons outside" title="Bowl of lemons outside" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When life hands you lemons, you can make a lot more than lemonade. From household cleaners to weed killers, here are 25 uses for lemons and lemon juice that you might not have considered. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/254-uses-for-vinegar-and-counting">254 Uses for Vinegar. And Counting.</a>)</p> <h3>1. Boozy Lemonade</h3> <p>If you are going to make lemonade, you might as well get creative. Try this <a href="http://punchfork.com/recipe/Boozy-Watermelon-Rosemary-Lemonade-Food52">watermelon rosemary lemonade</a> if you are looking for a refreshing alcoholic drink. Or for the non-drinkers, you can leave out the gin or simply add fresh mint to your favorite lemonade to give it a little kick.</p> <h3>2. Lemon Cubes</h3> <p>You can freeze fresh-squeezed lemon juice in ice cube trays to preserve in small amounts. It's nice to have on hand when you forget to buy lemon for a recipe and don't want to go to the store for one item.</p> <h3>3. Sangria</h3> <p>While you don't need a recipe to make a great sangria, you do need lemon. It's also nice to serve it with a few slices in the glass or on the rim.</p> <h3>4. Removing Strong Odors</h3> <p>When I worked in produce, we would squirt some lemon juice in the sinks or over the compost whenever there were some funky smells in the prep room. To remove odors from garbage disposals, you can drop in leftover lemon peels (make sure the pieces are small or they will get caught). Rub lemon juice into cutting boards that have retained strong odors or stains, and clean with soap and water. For the fridge, pour some lemon juice on a sponge or cloth and place it in the fridge until the smell goes away.</p> <h3>5. Natural Cleaner</h3> <p>Similar to Citrasolv, lemon juice works as a natural household cleaner. You can use lemon juice or squeeze a lemon directly on kitchen or bathroom surfaces, and wipe them with a wet cloth to remove the sticky residue. For stains and really dirty areas, mix in some vinegar and water with the lemon juice.</p> <h3>6. Skin Care</h3> <p>For dry skin, you can use a lemon-sugar scrub, or rub a cut lemon on particularly dry areas, such as knees, elbows, or heels. Be careful when applying to cracked skin. You can also make your own detoxifying body wash with this recipe for <a href="http://www.squidoo.com/homemade-skincare">sea salt and lemon body cleanser</a>.</p> <h3>7. Bathroom Stains</h3> <p>It may take a little extra scrubbing, but you can remove water stains, soap scum, and limescale naturally with lemon juice. Use a lemon, water, and vinegar mixture for tough stains on your shower walls or tub.</p> <h3>8. Laundry Detergent</h3> <p>You don't need bleach or chemicals to brighten your whites. Try using lemon juice instead of detergent for cleaner and naturally scented clothes. Lemon juice is also good for removing stains. You can directly apply lemon juice to the spot before washing it, or for bigger stains, it is recommended to soak the clothing in a 50/50 mixture of baking soda and lemon juice.</p> <h3>9. Sore Throat</h3> <p>There's nothing like a <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/drink/views/Hot-Toddy-233821">Hot Toddy</a> for a sore throat, but you don't have to have the whiskey. A freshly squeezed lemon in a cup of hot water will also do the trick. I like to add honey, which sweetens the drink and is another natural germ killer.</p> <h3>10. Natural Preservative</h3> <p>For fresh-cut fruit or veggies, squeeze a fresh lemon over them to prevent browning. This is another reason many guacamole recipes call for lime; in addition to the flavor, it keeps the guac from turning brown when you store it.</p> <h3>11. Natural Weed Killer</h3> <p>Believe it or not, you can use lemon juice instead of harmful weed killers to get to those hard-to-remove weeds that always come back, particularly in the cracks of your sidewalk or driveway. For more efficiency, put the lemon juice in a garden hose filter, and soak the area thoroughly.</p> <h3>12. Hair Highlights</h3> <p>For natural hair highlights, use lemon juice directly on your hair before going out in the sun. There are many different suggestions for <a href="http://www.care2.com/greenliving/n-atural-hair-lightener.html">how much lemon juice</a>, but it depends on the hair. You may have to experiment to see what works best for you. But always wash your hair afterwards.</p> <h3>13. Nails</h3> <p>Like hair, nails can be brightened with a little lemon juice. Again, there are many recipes for <a href="http://www.ehow.com/how_5058113_use-skin-care-beauty-treatment.html">whitening nails</a>; however, if you find a recipe online that also recommends using lemon to whiten teeth, I&nbsp;would not recommend lemon for this. My mother worked for a dentist for a long time, and she said that the citric acid is too harsh on the teeth and gums. You can also mix a teaspoon of baking soda and a few drops of hydrogen peroxide on a toothbrush to get the same results, but keep in mind it will take a few applications to notice a difference.</p> <h3>14. Notes</h3> <p>Yep, notes. A friend of mine has two children who like to leave notes or little poems on lemons. I'm not sure why, but they love it, and it's cheap entertainment for mom.</p> <p><img width="605" height="451" alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/blog-images/lemon1.jpg?1314643348" /></p> <h3>15. Dirty Dishes</h3> <p>Lemon juice works great to cut the grease on dishes if you don't have a dishwasher, but you can also use lemons in the dishwasher (in addition to dish detergent). Place a cut lemon in the top rack of the dishwasher to get that Jet-Dry clean, but make sure you secure it so that it doesn't fly around during the wash.</p> <h3>16. Stainless Steel</h3> <p>I used to buy an expensive stainless steel cleaner until I heard that I could just use a little salt and lemon juice. Make sure you wipe the steel down with a clean cloth afterwards. You can use this on most metals, but it is not recommended for silver or gold.</p> <h3>17. Natural Ant Repellant</h3> <p>Spray lemon juice around the areas that you see ants in your house or outside in the places where you think they might be getting into your home.</p> <h3>18. Flavoring and Tenderizing Meat Dishes</h3> <p>Recently, someone invited me to dinner, and she had roasted a chicken with an entire lemon inside of it (cut in half). It was the most tender chicken I've ever had; she told me that the lemon was the key. You can also mix lemon juice with your favorite herbs and rub it under the skin to add moisture and flavor. And freshly squeezed lemon is a classic pair for any kind of fish, grilled or broiled.</p> <h3>19. Making Tasty Salads</h3> <p>Any time I make a salad dressing, I add a small amount of lemon juice to enhance the flavor and also preserve it longer. A good basic vinaigrette to have on hand is lemon, balsamic vinegar, and oil. The portions depend on your tastes, but typically a vinaigrette has more oil than vinegar (olive oil is best), and a small amount of lemon juice.</p> <h3>20. Zest</h3> <p>Lemon zest can be used in many recipes, but it also makes a nice garnish.</p> <h3>21. Table Centerpiece</h3> <p>If you are looking to gussy up that centerpiece and don't want to spend a lot of cash, lemons add a lot of color to the table and can be used with many other decorations. Try putting them in a large clear bowl for something simple, or place them in a basket with some fresh herbs for a holiday decoration.</p> <h3>22. Desserts</h3> <p>There are so many luscious <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-valentine-s-day-desserts-that-hit-the-sweet-spot">desserts</a> that use lemon from meringues to pies; lemon is a classic dessert flavor. You can also use lemon instead of lime in some recipes. I replaced the lime with lemon zest and lemon juice, and turned <a href="http://punchfork.com/recipe/Lime-and-Coconut-Crumble-Bars-Two-Peas-Their-Pod">lime and coconut crumble bars</a> into lemon bars. Very tasty!</p> <h3>23. Cold Drinks</h3> <p>From soda and seltzer to iced tea, a few slices of lemon can enhance any cold drink, even some light beers.</p> <h3>24. Pasta</h3> <p>While lemon may not be the first ingredient you think of using when making pasta dishes, <a href="http://punchfork.com/recipe/Baked-Lemon-Pasta-The-Pioneer-Woman">baked lemon pasta</a> is one of my favorite dishes.</p> <h3>25. Hand Sanitizer</h3> <p>Lemon can disinfect germy hands. So skip the hand sanitizer, and grab the nearest lemon.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-watson">Ashley Watson</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-alternative-uses-for-lemons">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-for-beginners-10-recipes-for-kitchen-newbies">Cooking for Beginners: 10 Recipes for Kitchen Newbies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-awesomeness-of-sodium-bicarbonate-27-uses-for-baking-soda">The Awesomeness of Sodium Bicarbonate: 27 Uses for Baking Soda</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-refreshing-ways-to-use-mint">15 Refreshing Ways to Use Mint</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kitchen-hacks-i-can-make-this-in-that">Kitchen Hacks: I Can Make This in That?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/diy-shampoo-the-baking-soda-experiment">DIY Shampoo: The Baking Soda Experiment</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Health and Beauty Home drink recipes easy recipes home remedies lemons natural cleaner Thu, 01 Sep 2011 10:36:15 +0000 Ashley Watson 679840 at http://www.wisebread.com I'll take a slice of lemon with fecal bacteria please. http://www.wisebread.com/ill-take-a-slice-of-lemon-with-fecal-bacteria-please <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ill-take-a-slice-of-lemon-with-fecal-bacteria-please" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/461525292_1344fb943e.jpg" alt="Bad Lemon" title="Bad Lemon" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="187" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I’ve never thought twice about the humble lemon slice. I’m sure most of you haven’t either. And as I’m partial to a slice of lemon in my water or iced tea, for added flavor, I usually request it at restaurants. After seeing this video, I think I’d be safer asking for slice of raw chicken in my drink. </p> <p>A study brought to light by <a href="http://healthinspections.com/">healthinspections.com</a> reveals that those innocent lemon slices you get in restaurants are loaded with bacteria, fecal matter and all sorts of other nasties. </p> <blockquote><p><em>&quot;It was like they had dipped it in raw meat or something; it was gross!” exclaimed Anne LaGrange, a microbiologist who tested several lemons from various restaurants and was shocked at the results. &quot;The very first sample that we took was loaded with fecal bacteria.&quot;</em> </p> </blockquote> <p>Here&#39;s the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Dmcfcd9v24">full video</a> : </p> <p><object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,29,0" width="425" height="355"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/3Dmcfcd9v24&amp;rel=1" /><param name="quality" value="high" /><param name="menu" value="false" /><param name="wmode" value="" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/3Dmcfcd9v24&amp;rel=1" wmode="" quality="high" menu="false" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425" height="355"></embed></object></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In fact, from the 21 restaurant samples they tested, a staggering 77% of the wedges, 3 out of 4 (not 2 out of 3 as pointed out by an eagle-eyed reader), contained disease-causing bacteria. Yuck.</p> <p>Why is this happening? In simple terms, a mix of poor hygiene and cross-contamination. Restaurant workers should use tongs or gloves when they slice and serve the wedges, but they usually don’t. And often, the only explanation for the amount of bacteria found is that the lemons are being sliced using a knife and/or cutting board that was used for preparing raw meat. </p> <p>So, by all means add a slice of lemon at home. But now, when you’re out and about you may want to skip the lemons. This is definitely one of those cases where you can’t quite make lemonade out of the lemons life serves you.</p> <p><em>Thanks go to Skip Koebbeman for bringing this one to my attention. </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ill-take-a-slice-of-lemon-with-fecal-bacteria-please">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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