Monday 26 June 2017
Yesterday we made a start on some Elder flower champagne,
4 lemons were needed, didnt have any of ours left so we had to buy some, 6 for £1 no biggy but I do often think about the wax coating on them and why do they do it, quick google search and this is the answer why
wax is applied to lemons and other fruit for a couple of simple reasons. Firstly so that they look good on the shop shelves, but more importantly to preserve them and give a longer shelf life.
Then the question what is the wax another google search
Some are based on polyethylene, a type of plastic, and some on shellac or beeswax. The latter both have implications for vegans (shellac is derived from the secretions of an insect).
I think in future it will be unwaxed fruit if we buy any.
Back to the Elder Flower Champagne
After washing and scrubbing the lemons they were zested
Juiced within an inch of there lives
all the above was added to the Elder Flower mixture, I have posted before how the Champagne is done Champagne Link
The pips that were left over will be set to germinate into hopefully some new lemon trees
That just left the lemon peel and pulp,
Another quick google search and I came across Lemon Vinegar cleaner.
The peel and pulp was put into a jar top up with white vinegar, it needs to sit for 2 weeks, then strained the lemon leftover will then go on the compost heap, the liquid is diluted 50/50 with water and can decanted into spray bottles to use as a general all round cleaner.
No waste and few questions answered what could be better.