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Freezing Lemon Slices

I love lemons in most any chilled beverage. However, once they are cut, they will dry out in the fridge in a few days. After having some lemons left over for drinks after a party though, I decided to slice them up and try freezing them for future use. They couldn’t have turned out better!


Here’s what I did:

  1. Slice your lemons which ever way you like. I like them in quarter slices as they are easier to store.
  2. Dump them into a ziplock bag that’s big enough so that you can spread them out.
  3. With the lemons at the bottom of the bag, fold the top over tightly, trying to remove as much air as possible and then zip it up.
  4. Smooth out the bag and spread the lemons out as much as you can.
  5. Put the bag in the freezer on a flat surface or, as I like to do, fold it in half and toss it in. Either way, try not to get the bag too crumpled up in the freezer until the slices are completely frozen.
  6. Once they are frozen, you can remove them from the bag for drinks, recipes, etc. as you need them.

Note: Several sites I googled on this said they would just put them on a cookie sheet in the freezer then store them in the bag afterward. What I do takes more time but I think you would lose less nutrients and moisture doing it my way.


Dry your Nails with Cooking Spray

IMG_20140303_094710I’ve read about this a lot and always wondered if it worked. I tend to be one of those you hardly see with nailpolish because I can’t sit still long enough to let them dry naturally, so I ding them on EVERYTHING, then have to take it off. I have a job interview today so figured I’d try this out. After all, the consistency of cooking spray is much the same as traditional, spray-on nail drying products so I thought it was worth a try.

After spraying my nails, I can tell you that this works just as well as the commercial product, but there are 2 downsides to using it. First, it goes EVERYWHERE! Where the commercial product comes in a small spray bottle that is easy to aim, cooking spray is made for pans so has a wide dispersal. Luckily, I sprayed my nails in the sink otherwise the mess would have been huge.

Second, the wide dispersal gets it all over your hands. I had to mop up my hands, fingers and rings with a paper towel afterward, so you waste a lot.

However, it does WORK. Within 10 minutes, my nails were completely dry to the touch and ‘undentable’. My recommendation is, buy the stuff made specifically for this purpose and use cooking spray if you run out. But, if you don’t mind the mess, it’s definitely a great DIY that works.