This step by step guide with pictures shows how to freeze lemon juice at home to preserve the fresh juice from your lemon tree.
Bottled lemon juice just doesn’t have the same flavor as fresh. Lemons can be difficult to grow in some areas however dwarf lemon trees grow well in pots. They are a great option for those who live in challenging climates or are short on space.
See this guide to Growing Dwarf Lemon Trees in Pots for more information on growing your own lemons.
Freezing Lemon Juice
There are times when there are too many lemons on your tree to use at once or you might like to purchase lemons in bulk packs when they are in season to save money. This is a good time to freeze the juice for future use.
By freezing the lemon juice in ice cube form, they are easy to thaw then use for your recipes. It is a good idea to measure how many tablespoons each cube holds so you will know how many cubes to thaw for your recipe.
When squeezing lemons by hand, squeeze the juice over your other hand with your fingers slightly apart. This will let the juice through while catching the seeds. You may find a lemon juicer is easier and worth the investment especially if your skin reacts to the acidity in lemon juice.
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- Bowl or Jug
- Lemon Juicer (Optional)
- Ice Cube Tray
- Airtight Container or Freezer Bag
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How to freeze lemon juice in ice cube trays.
- Squeeze the Lemons
First squeeze the lemon juice either into a large bowl or jug. The jug will make pouring into the ice cube tray easier.
- Pour into Ice Cube Trays
Next pour the juice into the clean ice cube tray with the level just below the top. The juice will expand slightly as it freezes.
Place in a freezer for at least 3 hours however overnight is best.
- Place in Airtight Container
Tip the lemon ice cubes either into an airtight container or freezer bag labeled with the contents and the date.
- Return to Freezer
Push the air out of the freezer bag then secure. Place immediately back in the freezer. It is important to work quickly so the cubes don’t begin to thaw and stick together. Use within 6 months.
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Thawing Frozen Lemon Juice
Place a frozen lemon ice cube in a microwave safe bowl then cover. Microwave on high for 1 minute then leave for a minute more. Check to see if the cube has thawed then return to the microwave for 20 second bursts if needed.
When adding to soups, stews and other hot dishes the lemon ice cubes can be added directly to the dish.
Store thawed lemon juice covered in the fridge for up to 3 days.
If you want your thawed lemon juice cold and you need it straight away then thaw in the microwave in 20 second bursts until just thawed. Pour the juice into another bowl then put the bowl in the freezer for a few minutes or until the juice is cool enough.
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Preserving your own produce is a great way to save money and reduce food waste. See this guide to Food Preservation for more information.
This guide to Homesteading will help you to get more out of your home and garden to save money and live sustainably.
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