Can you freeze lemons? Lemons are fruits with a vibrant sunny yellow color that promotes happiness while adding sweet and sour tangy to the dishes and beverages you add them too.
If you have the honors of picking ripe juicy lemons during harvesting season, you have the ability to preserve a bountiful amount of them so you always have fresh lemons on hand. You preserve lemons by freezing them. Check out our step by step guide on how can you freeze lemons below:
How to Freeze Lemons?
Do note that lemons in all forms mentioned below should stay fresh frozen for you for up to 2-years. After the 2-years, lemons will become slightly watery and soft in texture and in flavor.
Freezing Whole Lemons
Now, there are several ways you can freeze lemons. The first ways are by simply washing your whole lemons down with warm water to remove any bacteria and pesticides from the surfaces of the fruits, placing them into freezer bags and storing them away in your freezer until you need them for flavoring food dishes or beverages.
Then, you can slice the lemon in half and squeeze the juice out of the fruit to add flavor to dishes and beverages or you can slice the lemons up thinly and use them whichever way you please.
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Freezing Sliced Lemons
The second method of freezing you can use is slicing your freshly harvested lemons up into ¼-inch thick slices and placing them into freezer bags or containers to preserve that way.
However, you will want to slice your lemons up first, lay them out onto a wax paper lined cookie sheet and freeze them in the freezer for about an hour or two first.
After, you can place the frozen slices of lemon into freezer bags or containers and freeze them up until you need a few slices. Doing it, this way will prevent the lemon slices from freezing together.When you need a few slices simply take a few from the container
Freezing Lemon Cubes
The third way you can enjoy fresh lemons anytime of the year is by squeezing several of them to make a lemon juice and freezing the juice in the freezer until you are ready to add lemon flavor to a dish or beverage of choice.
You can freeze the fresh juice of lemons by pouring the juice into ice cube trays and freezing the juice into cube forms. Once the lemon cubes are frozen solid, you can remove them from the trays into freezer containers or sealable freezer bags and store them away in the freezer until you are ready to use some.
Freezing Peeled Lemons
Fresh lemons can also be peeled and pulled apart into their natural sliced form and stored away this way. All you do is peel the skins from the lemons, peel the lemon slices apart and toss the lemon slices onto wax paper lined cookie sheets.
Then, you freeze the slices in the freezer for about an hour until they become a solid form. After, you toss the slices into freezer containers or bags and freeze them in the freezer this way for up to a year. Freezing lemons this way will prevent the slices from sticking to each other.
How to Defrost Frozen Lemons?
Defrosting frozen lemons is easy. For whole or uncut lemons, leave the fruits to thaw in the fridge overnight. Once completely thawed, they’re ready to use. If you are in a hurry, try placing the frozen lemon in a bowl of cool water, and allow it to defrost for about an hour or two.
Many people even take a whole lemon straight from the freezer and into the microwave to defrost it on high heat for 3-minutes. However, lemons can overheat and explode open defrosting them this way and even change the flavor and texture of them drastically.
As for cut, sliced, or peeled lemons, take a few pieces from the container or bag and toss them into a warm cup of tea, a glass of cool water for lemon water, into a pitcher of lemonade to add more ice cold lemony flavor or until fish dishes right before you bake the meal up.
To use frozen lemon juice simply take a few cubes from the freezer and microwave them on high heat for about a minute so you can use the lemon juice in liquid form, or simply toss the cubes into the beverage of your choice to add a delightful refreshing lemon flavor.
Freezing lemons, whole or cut, is as easy as can be. It’s a great way to preserve your supply when needed. Now that you know how can you freeze lemons, go ahead and buy this fruit in bulk. You’ll save money while making the most out of your lemon stock.