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5 Practical Ways To Use A Lemon

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The majestic lemon is so much more than a garnish for your cocktails and crispy fish tacos.

Aside from its culinary uses, there are many practical things you can do with the fruit thanks to its acidity and pleasant citrus smell.

We dug around and found five practical uses for lemons outside making dishes taste better. I definitely have a newfound appreciation for it.

Furniture Polish

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Whether its the desk you eat so many lunches alone at or your trusty chopping board, sometimes wood can wear down and stink after exposure to so many different foods and contaminants.

Simply squeeze some lemon juice on the surface and wipe it down with a clean paper towel. You’ll get a fresh citrus smell and slightly cleaner and healthier furniture.

Mouth Wash

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Bad breath? After crushing a fat onion-filled burrito, you’re probably gonna want to clean your mouth somehow. If you gargle some lemon juice, minus the seeds, the citric acid will definitely kill any residual germs and odors from your last meal. Just make sure to rinse your mouth out with water afterwards, or that same acid will harm your teeth.

Keeps Food From Oxidizing

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Ever get brown avocados or guac? The longer the emerald fruit is exposed to air, the more it goes through an oxidation process that discolors it and turns the delicious green into an unsightly brown.

If you squirt a bit of lemon on top of the avocado, it’ll prevent oxidization until you’re ready to finish off your snack. Just don’t let it sit for a week because a lemon can only do so much.

Scare Off Ants

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Those pesky insects are everywhere. Unfortunately, your kitchen is a sacred space and you wouldn’t want to fill it with too many unnecessary chemicals. Peel off some of the rind from a lemon and leave it around spots in the kitchen where ants gather the most. The strong odor will keep them at bay.

Get Rid Of Unwanted Smells

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YouTuber DaveHax recently purchased a product that you can plunge into a fresh lemon and spray juice directly from the fruit. With it, he recommends spritzing your garbage or bathroom whenever there’s an unpleasant or unwanted odor.

While you could easily just pour some lemon water in a spray bottle, this product cuts out the middle-man entirely.

Definitely adding it to our holiday wishlist.

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How To Make Quinoa Fried Rice

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When we heard the name Fried Quinoa, we automatically pictured a cluster of quinoa coated in corndog batter and thrown in a boiling hot deep fryer. Don’t blame us, that’s just the kind recipes we’re used to. So it was awesome to see Clean Eats come up with a quinoa recipe that was NOTHING like how we described.

Rather, it’s a healthier take on fried rice.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Olive oil, onions, carrots, green peas, ginger, garlic, quinoa, 3 eggs, soy sauce and green onions and sesame seeds for garnish.

What to do:

Start by sautéing the onions, carrots, green peas, ginger and garlic. Then, add the quinoa and mix it into the veggies for a minute or two. Carve out a hole in the middle of your skillet and add three eggs. Allows the eggs to fully cook and add mix them into your quinoa.

Add some soy sauce, as much as you desire, and mix your quinoa thoroughly.

Finally, garnish with sesame seeds and green onions. Check out the video for the full recipe, in glorious detail. You can also make a dope cauliflower fried rice variation.

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How Chicken Nuggets Are Made Without A Deep Fryer

As much as our 18-year-old selves would hate on us for this, we can’t always be eating deep-fried foods. In this artery-clogging lifestyle, sometimes baby steps are necessary to move towards the occasional healthy dish. Take these Baked Chicken Nuggets, for example.

Clean Eats came up with a savory Baked Chicken Nuggets recipe that you can enjoy without any deep-frying necessary.

All you need is some cubed chicken breast pieces, olive oil, bread crumbs, panko, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Coat your chicken in the oil and then begin breading them in the dry ingredients. Place them evenly on an oven rack and let them cook for 20 minutes at 425 degrees.

Serve with whatever dipping sauce your heart desires. We’ve always been fond of Thousand Island.

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How To Make Cheesy Herb Baked Chicken

It’s safe to say a fair amount of us are getting exhausted of deep-fried culture. Not that we’re sick of it, just that we should probably eat something that’s not submerged in boiling oil every once in a while. Foodbeast Family member Clean Eats created a Cheesy Herb Baked Chicken that you don’t have to deep-fry and it looks amazing.

All you need are some herbs, garlic, yogurt, cheese, tomatoes and chicken breast. The full list of ingredients can be found in the video.

Start by throwing your fresh herbs in a blender along with your garlic and olive oil. Then, combine your herb paste with some yogurt to get a creamy texture. Lay your chicken breast into a baking tray. Spread your herbs generously over the raw chicken and top them with your tomato and cheese.

Bake your chicken for 30 minutes at 375 degrees.

Once it’s done, all you have to do is prepare to cut into your cheesy herb chicken. No deep-frying required.

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Fast Food

White Castle Reveals Its Health History To Avoid Chipotle-esque Disaster

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In the wake of Chipotle’s food safety problems, White Castle is taking the initiative to show customers they’re being REALLY careful with the way they prepare their food. With the release of White Castle Clean, you can now see everything about the burger chain.

On the website, patrons can see the entirety of the White Castle’s health scores. By launching the site, the company wants to promote transparency among all its restaurants.

Sure, White Castle doesn’t directly take a stab at Chipotle. However, has there been any other major chains that have been making the news for food safety issues?

Turns out the “White” in White Castle stood for cleanliness. Never would’ve guess.