Do you love lemons? Okay, maybe not by themselves, but lemons are used in many ways – especially in the kitchen.
If you purchase lemons from your grocery store; you know how expensive they can be. Those of you who are lucky enough to have a lemon tree typically face an over-abundance of lemons for part of the year and then are faced with having to buy lemons the rest of the year.
Although I can grow a lemon tree in my zone 9a garden, I don’t have one because my mother has an over-achieving lemon tree the produces enough lemons for my mother, my 3 siblings and myself.
I love lemons. I use them a lot for cooking and baking – especially lemonade bars.
To make the most of the lemons; you can freeze the lemon juice AND the zest.
Here is how to do it:
1. Wash the lemon.
2. Zest your lemon using a micro-planer. Only zest the yellow part of the skin (don’t zest the white pith, which tastes bitter).
3. Store your lemon zest in a freezer bag and put in your freezer.
4. Now, slice your zested lemon in half and juice it.
5. Pour the lemon juice into an ice-cube tray.
6. Freeze the lemon-juice cubes and then remove from your ice-cube tray and place your lemon cubes in a freezer bag and store in your freezer.
Whenever you need to use lemon juice for making your favorite salad dressing or making a great sauce for pasta, simply grab a lemon cube or a bit of zest.
You can use these tips for oranges and limes as well.
So whether you want to make the most of those expensive, store-bought lemons or make your lemon tree harvest last all year; preserve the zest and juice in your freezer!