It looks like the recent cold snap on the West Coast is going to have a major impact on this year’s citrus crop. That’s bad news around the Baker house, because I use citrus fruit for all sorts of things…besides breakfast!
For instance, when I get a sore throat, nothing soothes it like my tasty lemon-honey tea: 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice mixed in a cup of hot water. A mug of this every few hours, and my throat’s sore no more!
And nothing freshens up a kitchen like citrus. For a quick-and-clean scent, preheat your oven to 300ºF and set a whole, unpeeled orange inside of it. Bake it for about 15 minutes with the oven door slightly ajar, then turn off the oven. (But remember to let the fruit cool before you take it out of the oven.)
For my houseplants, citrus juice (any kind) makes just about the best leaf polisher around! Just wipe the juice onto the leaves with a soft, cotton cloth, and they’ll sparkle.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! These fruits are a handy helper no home should be without.