Preserving Lemons

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I'm not a perfectionist.   I get a lot done, but I cut corners to simplify things in the kitchen.    (Consequently, a lot of meals are just ok -- thankfully my hubby is so sweet and he likes and eats whatever I make...at least it's always a healthy meal! :-))

Lately, however, I have discovered the beauty of using real lemons!!   It is a BIT more work than just using bottled lemon juice, but it is a LOT more tasty!!

I have discovered a way to always have "fresh" lemons ready whenever I want them!    The secret,...freeze them!!   Freeze them whole or, if you won't always want the whole lemon, cut it in half, store in a zipper freezer bag and freeze.      

When I'm ready to use a lemon,  I either use it immediately or set it out on the counter for a bit to let it soften.    I grate the peel on my cheese grater and then squeeze out the juice.   -- I don't have a lemon zester, I just use a regular cheese grater, but I like the taste and texture of the strips of peel in some of my recipes.   

I have this "coarse grater" and the "large commercial" juicer (it's awesome!!!  I juice pomegranates with it!!! :0))

Be sure to use organic lemons!! 

Here are a couple of articles on freezing lemons and why you want to use the whole lemon!! http://www.naturalnews.com/040574_freezing_lemons_lemon_juice_vitamins.html

 http://www.whydontyoutrythis.com/2015/03/heres-why-you-should-always-freeze-your.html

 

P.S.   I've been using 1/2 a frozen lemon in My Morning Shake and it fabulous!!!!   I just throw the whole thing is -- it's easier to blend if you let it defrost a tad first! 

Try your lemons in this recipe for Lemon Raspberry Chai Pudding!  Mmmmm!

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