Sunday, June 12, 2011

Money Saving Tip: Freeze Lemons and Limes

Here is a great way to ensure you always have fresh lemon and lime juice on hand when you need it.

Sometimes you will have a recipe that only calls for the zest from a lemon or lime. Instead of just putting the lemon or lime in the fridge where you might forget about it and it will go bad before you use, why not freeze the lemon or lime.

The next time you see lemons or limes on sale or if you only used the zest, place the whole fruit in a freezer bag and place it in your freezer.

Then when you need fresh lemon or lime juice for a recipe, simply defrost the frozen lemons or limes in the microwave for a few seconds or submerge in cold water for about 15 minutes or so. The texture of the lemon or lime will likely be mushy once thawed, but the juice will still be perfectly fine for use in your favorite recipes. I find you actually will get more juice from the lemon or lime after it has been frozen.

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