Lemons for Later
Lemons do well in the freezer, and they do fairly well during defrosting. The only difference between a defrosted lemon and a fresh lemon is the amount of juice. When you slice into a previously frozen lemon, more liquid leeks out than usual. The only time this might be a problem is when you want to serve slices of lemon with a dish-a salad or seafood maybe. I would stick to fresh lemons for that purpose J
Here’s how to do it
Depending on what you need from your lemons will depend on how you freeze them. Here are the steps I suggest.
1- Use a citrus zester to peel the zest from the lemon. (You don’t want to do this after it’s defrosted!) Store in a small container or baggie and put it in the fridge.
*If you don’t have a zester, no worries! You can use a fine grater to zest your lemon.
3- Place the slices on a piece of parchment or wax paper with a cookie sheet under it. Set it in the freezer for an hour or so until the outside is firm and transfer it to a freezer safe container.
*In my measurements, one quarter lemon gives about 1 tbsp of juice.
I hope this little tip will help you save money and reduce waste!
Ideas for using your lemon juice- lemon blueberry pancakes, lemon & garlic pasta sauce, lemon frosting, lemon poppy seed muffins, lemon cheesecake…..I think I’m officially hungry!
Do YOU have a favorite lemon recipe?