Did you know that freezing lemons is a real thing? I have this super smart friend named Donnah and she buys lemons by the box and freezes them. So the last time she went to the market, we split a box. And I froze most of mine…and it works! Who knew?!??
Why would you want to freeze lemons? Well, I’m generally not a fan of bottled lemon juice…it’s too acidic and just not the same taste to me as a fresh lemon. But fresh lemons are not always available or can be very pricey at certain times of the year depending on where you live. So this is a really great option to have that fresh squeezed lemon juice taste- right out of your freezer!
My friend Donnah just removes the outermost yellow part (zest), and freezes the lemon whole with the white pith still in tact. That allows them to slice and squeeze out the juice after they’re thawed.
I have this thing where I really can’t tolerate much of the pith because it’s so bitter. So I sliced off most of the rind and pith, and froze my lemons like this.
I laid all of the skinned lemons out on a cookie tray and froze them solid, then tossed them all into an airtight freezer bag. I can fit a LOT of lemons into one gallon sized bag. This small mixing bowl has 17 lemons in it! So freezing lemons is VERY efficient on space too.
I can squeeze the thawed ones in my lemon squeezer whole, or add them frozen to the blender.
Freezing lemons is a great idea if you can get them in bulk in season. Isn’t this a fun tip!?!!
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