5 Ways to Freeze Lemons

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5 Ways to Freeze Lemons
5 Ways to Freeze Lemons

Lemon is a versatile citrus fruit that can be used in both sweet and savory dishes, either as a garnish or a main ingredient. However, like other fresh fruit, it doesn't last long, especially when it's already cut. But there is always a way. Learn below how to freeze lemons to make them last longer.


Method 1 of 5: Freezing Whole Lemons

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Step 1. Place lemons in a zip lock package

Close the bag by pressing it to remove all excess air from it. Then close it. Vacuuming the container keeps the fruit fresh and takes up less space in the freezer.

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Step 2. Store the bag of lemons in the freezer and wait for it to cool

Depending on freezer temperature, leave the container for two hours overnight. Use fresh lemons for your meals throughout the week and leave the colds for later.

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Step 3. Leave the lemons in cold water for ten minutes to thaw them

When chilled fruits are thawed, they are often difficult to cut as they are more wilted. So, use the lemon to make a juice or use the zest of the fruit as a garnish on a plate.

Lemons last up to three to four months in the freezer

Method 2 of 5: Freezing the Sliced ​​Lemon

Step 1. Cut the lemon into slices or pieces

In this way it is possible to preserve the fruit for use in cocktails and decorations at meals. Cut the lemon into slices of about 6 mm or into four pieces.

You can also cut the slices in half to create crescent-shaped lemon slices

Step 2. Arrange the lemon wedges evenly spaced on a baking sheet and freeze

If you skip this step, the slices or pieces will freeze together and form a "block". Leave the lemons in the freezer for two to three hours or until they are fully cooled.

They will be fully frozen when they're hard and the pulp doesn't "drop" the juice when you squeeze

Step 3. Place the slices or pieces in a zip lock package

This packaging allows you to take only what is needed for the recipe at the time and reseal the plastic bag, also taking up less space in the freezer than the baking sheet.

Method 3 of 5: Freezing lemon zest

Step 1. Use a grater or peeler to make lemon zest

Lemon peel is rich in natural oils, making it great for cooking. Start by peeling the fruit.

You can also make zest from previously frozen lemons

Step 2. Place the chips in a zip lock bag and freeze

You can use the rest of the lemons in recipes throughout the week, or you can cut them and cool them too.

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Step 3. Leave the zest in the freezer for two hours or overnight until completely frozen

Use the amount needed for the day's recipe and keep saving what's left.

Peeling or scraping the lemons after they are frozen will prevent the oils in the rind from splashing onto the cutting board or on you

Method 4 of 5: Freezing Lemon Juice

Step 1. Freeze the juice

Squeeze the lemons using a juicer or your own hands. Extract as much of the fruit pulp as possible.

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Step 2. Measure out a cup (about 240 ml) of lemon juice

More accurate measurements will be most useful when using in recipes. Remove any seeds that may be mixed with the juice.

Step 3. Pour lemon juice into ice cube trays

Count how many ice cubes “give” the measure of a full cup. This will allow you to make more accurate measurements when using it in recipes.

These lemon juice cubes can get watery

Step 4. Place in the freezer and wait for the juice to cool completely

Once squeezed, lemon juice lasts a maximum of four days if not frozen; hence the practicality of the juice cubes.

If you need to use the ice cups, transfer the lemon juice cubes to a zip lock package

Method 5 of 5: Preparing Lemons for Storage

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Step 1. Wash your hands with soap and water before handling food

Lack of hygiene causes toxins and bacteria from the skin to be transferred to the rind of the fruit. You can also wear gloves if you prefer.

Step 2. Rub the lemons with a sponge

Only use a sponge for cleaning food, as it will accumulate the chemical toxins from the fruit peel.

Step 3. Wash the lemons

Rinse them under cold water before freezing them to remove pesticides from them. You can also use your own product to sanitize vegetables and fruits. Then dry them with a paper towel or a tea towel.

Step 4. Use a vinegar solution to remove pesticides from the peel of lemons or other fruits

Remove chemicals by soaking lemons in a solution of 10% vinegar and 90% water for 15 to 20 minutes. Then wash them in cold water and dry them with a cloth.

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