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Properties of frozen lemon

• Lemon peels are rarely used due to the bitter taste, but there is a way to remove the taste and use them so that you can get everything in lemons.

• The first thing to do is disinfect and wash the lemons.

• Therefore, soak the lemons for a few minutes in baking soda or apple cider vinegar.

• Rinse them with water and freeze the lemons.

• When they are completely frozen, grate them including everything: peel, pulp, and seeds.

• Place the grated lemons in ice cube trays and freeze.

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• You can use the grated lemon cubes whenever you need a citrus flavor for your meals.

• You can add them to salads, yogurt, ice cream, pasta sauces, and soups.

• You can also add some grated lemons in tea, juice, or smoothies.

• There are endless possibilities for you to use lemons in your daily diet and enjoy all the benefits of lemons and improve your overall health.

How to Freeze Your Lemons

Whole lemons

Place the lemons in freezer bags, remove air and seal well.

When you need the lemons, thaw them or place them in cold water for 10 to 15 minutes. Use them for juicing and enjoy the health benefits of drinking lemon water or as an ingredient in your recipes.

Unfortunately, once totally defrosted, the lemons become very squashy and are not good for slicing and decorating. For such uses I either take fresh lemons or use frozen wedges as described below.

Whole lemons without the zest

Lemons you grated the zest from don’t need to be left to rot or thrown away. Instead, wrap them in aluminum foil or plastic wrap and put the wrapped fruits in freezer bags. The nicely tucked fruit will not dry out and can be used later for juicing.

Lemon Zest

You can also freeze just the zest by simply putting it in a freezer bag for later use.

If you use a whole frozen lemon and then grind the zest, you will not lose any lemon rind oils, which defrost straight into the recipe mix and do not spray all over the kitchen counter.

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Lemon wedges and slices

Slice the lemons and then place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Put the sheet into the freezer. When the items are frozen, pop them into bags or containers.

Prepared in this way, your lemons are perfect for flavoring drinks, an addition to your ice tea or a handy way to cool down your morning cup of tea.

Lemon juice

Frozen lemon juice is very convenient for recipes. Juice fresh lemons and pour the juice into ice cube trays. You can leave it there or if you need the trays, when the juice freezes, remove the cubes and place them into zipper-style freezing bags after removing as much air as possible.

To make it easier and more accurate, measure the volume of one cube. It should be between one and two tablespoons. Record the amount on the freezing bag, so you know exactly how many cubes to thaw for your recipe.

For something a little special, try adding a slice of strawberry, a mint leaf or a raspberry into the cube and freezing it together with the lemon juice. These special cubes can make for a novelty decoration at your parties and gatherings.

Step 5: Store, Use Enjoy!

Store the finished lemon powder in an air-tight glass container, such as in a mason jar with tight-fitting lid. A canning funnel really comes in handy to transfer the power into a jar without spilling. Keep the container in a dry, cool place. We store ours in the pantry. When properly dried and stored, your homemade lemon peel powder should last for over a year. That is, if you don’t use it all up before then!

Dehydrated lemon powder is insanely delicious. To be honest, I was shocked at how good (and versatile!) it was when we made our first batch many years ago. It can be used in meals, beverages, cleaning products, or even in organic body care! Check out the ideas below.

Best Ways To Eat Lemon Peels

1. Culinary Uses Of Lemon Peel

Lemon zest or grated lemon peel is popularly used to flavor food as a garnish and to add flavor to soups, salads, flavored yogurt, and dressings.

Frozen lemons are grated to get lemon peel powder, which can be incorporated into marinades or used in seasonings to prepare dishes like lemon pepper fish and lemon pepper chicken. Lemon peel can be infused into cooking fats such as olive oil or butter to add a zesty flavor to dishes like noodles or pasta.

It can also be eaten as candied lemon peels and incorporated into various baked goods such as lemon meringue pie.

2. How To Make Lemon Peel Water

To get the health benefits of lemon peels, boil them in water and sip this delicious and healthy drink.

3. How To Prepare Lemon Peel Tea

Add lemon peel powder to boiling hot water. Mix in a tea powder or herbal mix of your choice. Adding ginger to this concoction makes for a delicious beverage.

4. How To Make Lemon Peel Powder

Lemons can be frozen and then grated the lemon peels to finely to get lemon peel powder. Another method is to bake Lemon peels at 200°F (93°C) and crush it to get a powdered lemon peel.

Step 3: Dehydrate the Lemon Peels

Drying lemon peels using a food dehydrator:

  • Lay out the lemon rinds on your food dehydrator trays. The rinds should be in a single layer and not overlapping, since we want good air flow between and around each piece. 
  • Next, load up your dehydrator and turn it on to a low heat setting (between 95-105°F is good, if your dehydrator has temperature settings).
  • Dehydrate the lemon peels until they are completely dry. The time it takes for them to fully dry will vary depending on your individual machine and the thickness of the peels, which may be several hours to a couple of days. It takes about 24 hours to dry Meyer lemon peels in our current badassExcalibur dehydrator, and 36-48 hours in our previous basic Nesco dehydrator.
  • You know the lemon peels are finished drying when they easily crack and snap in half, rather than bending. 
  • Failing to completely dry your lemon peels before grinding will result in a clumpy lemon powder with a shorter shelf-life!

Meyer lemon peels in our Excalibur dehydrator
Meyer lemon peels in our Excalibur dehydrator

Drying lemon peels in the oven:

This method will work best for thin, zest-like peels of lemon rind. Spread the lemon peels out on a cookie sheet or baking pan. Preheat the oven to the lowest temperature setting possible. Because ovens don’t have uber-low temperature options like dehydrators do, the finished lemon rinds will be darker in color and possibly a different flavor (more roasted) than those dried in a dehydrator. 

Bake the lemon rinds on low heat until they are completely dry, crisp, and easily snap in half. This may take several hours to a full day to dry in the oven. If your climate is very arid and warm, you could allow the thin lemon zest ribbons to partially air-dry at room temperature for a couple days before baking, reducing the time needed in the oven.

Crispy-dry and ready to grind!
Crispy-dry and ready to grind!
Lemon peels for your home

Lemon peels for your home

Lemons are also a great natural cleaning agent. They are high in citric acid, which can help kill bacteria and mould, and dissolve soap scum and mineral deposits. And of course, they make everything smell fresh and lovely, too.

1. Make your coffee pot look like new

  • Lemon peels are great for removing stains and water marks in your coffee pot.
  • All you need to do is put some lemon peels inside the pot with a handful of ice and salt.
  • Swirl everything around for a few minutes, pour it out and rinse well to avoid salty tasting coffee next time you make a pot.
  • Your coffee pot should now look good as new, and smell lemon fresh into the bargain.
  • You can also use lemon peel to remove mineral deposits from your tea kettle. Simply boil the kettle with a few strips of lemon peel inside, leave for an hour, then drain and rinse.

2. Make an all-purpose cleaner

 Lemon is a great natural cleaner. It cuts through
  • Lemon is a great natural cleaner. It cuts through grease, disinfects surfaces and makes everything smell amazing.
  • To make an all-purpose cleaner from leftover lemon peel, try mixing it with nature’s other cleaning hero, white vinegar.
  • Fill a mason jar with lemon peels and vinegar, then leave for two weeks to develop.
  • Drain out the peel and half fill a spray bottle with the lemon vinegar.
  • Top up the rest with water, shake well to mix, and you have your very own unstoppable cleaning product, made from 100% natural ingredients.

3. Freshen up your home

 Lemon has a wonderful, clean, aromatic fragrance,
  • Lemon has a wonderful, clean, aromatic fragrance, and if you want your house to smell citrus fresh, you can use leftover lemon peels as a natural room scent.
  • Simply place pieces of lemon peel in little pots around the house and your home will soon be smelling like a sunny Sicilian lemon grove.

4. Clean sinks and bathtubs

 Baking soda with lemon peel is another great natu
  • Baking soda with lemon peel is another great natural cleaning solution.
  • For a sparkling clean bathroom, sprinkle some baking soda into a wet sink or bathtub, and scrub using the cut side of a lemon.
  • These two ingredients create a chemical reaction that dissolves stains and water marks and will make all your bathroom surfaces shine.

5. Refresh and sanitise cutting boards

  • The citric acid found in lemon peel has antibacterial properties, which means that lemon peel can help to clean and sanitise surfaces.
  • To keep your cutting boards extra clean and free from germs, first clean them thoroughly, then wipe them down with lemon peel, cut-side down.
  • Leave for a few minutes, then rinse.

6. Remove odours from hands

  • If you do a lot of cooking with garlic or onions, you’ll know how hard it is to get the smell out of your hands. No matter how well you wash them, soap and water just don’t seem to do the trick. Here again, lemon peel can come to your rescue.
  • All you need to do is rub your hands with lemon rinds, paying particular attention to your fingers and nails, and your hands will be left smelling lemon fresh.

7. Clean your microwave and stovetop

  • Microwaves can be particularly annoying to clean. Food spills become baked-on in minutes, and it’s such a small space that it’s difficult to scrub and watch what you’re doing at the same time. This no-scrub microwave cleaning trick is a simple way to dispense with the headache of cleaning the microwave for good.
  • Place two halves of lemon rind – maybe from a lemon you used for juicing, with some of the pulp left inside – into a microwave safe bowl, half-filled with water.
  • Cook on high for five minutes, so the water boils and the steam condenses on the walls and roof of the microwave.
  • Any stains should now wipe away easily with a cloth, and your microwave will smell fresh and clean.
  • You can even use the lemon halves to scrub your stovetop with afterwards – just remember to wait until they’ve cooled down a bit first, though.

Delicious and a natural cleaner, it turns out that lemon peel is a pretty handy thing to have around the house. From flavouring your favourite cocktail to making your bathtub shine, there seems no end to the talents of the simple lemon. And with plenty of ingenious ways to store your peels for later, you can always have some at hand for those last-minute lemon cookies or to glow up your old coffee pot.

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