Freezing Lemons

I enjoy having cut up lemon in my Coke, lemonade, water, etc. However, often before I get the whole lemon used up, it becomes brown and soft.

Now I quarter each lemon slice, lay it in a single layer on a cookie sheet, freeze,. Then I put them in a zip lock bag and return them to the freezer. I can buy lemons now when they are a good price, and freeze them and keep them handy!


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I love a fresh lemon slice in my iced tea but the lemon usually spoils before I can use the whole thing. I'd slice it up and put it in the fridge but, by the end of the week, it's slimy and spoiled. Until I thought of this trick.

Iced tea with lemon slices.

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I love lemons, if for nothing else other than for a facial astringent and putting down my garbage disposal. I also like to use them on my salmon (fish) and in water. Once they get too ripe, that's what I use for cleaning.

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December 28, 2011

I slice all my lemons. Then I will wrap two or three slices together in Sarah Wrap. You can wrap more if you like. When I need lemon slices I just take out one of the little packages and the lemons are as fresh as when I sliced them.

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You can buy lemons in the winter when they are cheap and freeze the juice in ice-cube trays. One ice-cube section equals about 1 tablespoon of juice.

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November 27, 2014

A friend shipped me fresh lemons from her tree. They froze in shipment and now they are thawed. Can I wash them and cut them in half and refreeze them to use for juice?

By Sylvia F


December 5, 20170 found this helpful

I would juice them now, then freeze the juice.

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December 5, 20170 found this helpful

I zest my lemons and squeeze them before I freeze. The juice goes in one container and the zest goes in another

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January 27, 2010

Can you freeze lemons?

By Jen Harvey from Rio Rancho, NM


January 27, 20100 found this helpful

I buy lemons by the bag, juice all of them and put a tablespoon of lemon juice in each ice tray slot and freeze. Then I pour the frozen cubes in a zip lock bag and keep them handy in the refrigerator freezer.

During the winter months, I drink hot tea with lemon to keep from having colds. So far, knock on wood, I have not had a cold this season.

I have seen on Thriftyfun that you can also grate the outside peeling and freeze that too. This is a great idea as some recipes call for this.

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January 27, 20100 found this helpful

Juice lemons, pour into an ice cube tray and freeze the lemon juice.

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January 27, 20100 found this helpful

You can slice them or cut in wedges, whichever you prefer, then freeze them on a cookie sheet. When they are frozen solid, transfer to a plastic bag. Best to double bag them.

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January 27, 20100 found this helpful

I just throw them in the freezer. You don't have to do anything with them.

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February 1, 20100 found this helpful

I juice my lemons and put one cup at a time in zip lock bags for lemonade and recipes. If you freeze lemon juice in ice cubes, and then take the cubes and put a number of them in a zip lock bag, you can take out small amounts when you need them.

I also freeze the rinds in a bag. If I need lemon zest, it's easier to grate when the rind is frozen. I also put the flush frozen lemon rinds down my disposal with hot water to fresh my disposal and kitchen. If you freeze your lemons, you'll have them available whenever you want them.
Hugs, Bobbie

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December 21, 2011

How do I freeze lemons?

By Kathy from Englewood, FL


December 21, 20110 found this helpful

I get the juice out of them and then freeze it in ice trays, putting one tablespoon of juice in each cube. After they are frozen, I dump them into a big mixing bowl and scoop them up and put into zip lock freezer bags. Makes it convenient to make pies, cakes, lemonade or whatever you want to make using lemons.

You can also grate the zest of the lemon before you juice them and freeze it as well.

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December 21, 20110 found this helpful

I wrote a post on this very thing a few months ago. I use lemons from cleaning to putting in my water. In CA as in FL, we have some beauties! What I do is have several sizes, one I just clean, slice and freeze. Before I freeze I lay them on a paper towel; this helps them from sticking together. Use before completely thawed out (if I want for water, put the slice in before freezing) then use as you normally would.

For adding that great citrus to dishes I freeze some just cut in halves (what's left over after use) keep adding to same plastic bag. Once thawed enough to squeeze you'll find its just like when fresh. Lastly if you have a lemon that isn't good for freezing as a slice, or in halves; just put pulp in plastic bag. You can add to this until the bag is 3/4 full. Make sure you freeze bag setting so you can just cut off corner and squeeze out of baggie. This is great not only for cooking, lemon water (lemonade) using for fresh ingredients also for cleaning all with out a mess.
Dont forget this is great when a recipe is calling for lemon zest.I just scrape off mine before completely thawed out.
I have found slicing,halves and the juice is best when freezing.Makes whatever you are using it for faster the lemons are already prepped upon getting out of the freezer.
You may look although not sure where I wrote about this,I know it was last summer.Good luck and enjoy the fruits of living where lemons are such a blessing!

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December 22, 20110 found this helpful

I take the lazy way out - I freeze lemons and limes whole, untouched. I find that when I thaw them, they are easy to squeeze, and give a lot of juice. I buy them when they are on sale, and then I have them on hand at all times. I have never had a problem with doing it this way. It's so much easier than juicing a dozen or more lemons or limes, and I think I get a lot more juice out of them this way.

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September 3, 2014

How long will they last frozen? 6 months? or longer?

By Lyn


December 10, 20170 found this helpful

I zest them and put the zest in one freezer bag. I then squeeze them and save the juice in a separate container. They last a long time.

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June 22, 2014

We juiced lemons and froze them in icetrays. Our freezer broke. Can I refreeze the lemon juice?

By Ron C. from Chalmette, LA

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May 24, 2017

Lemon juice and lemon peel zest can be easily frozen for use later. This is a page about freezing lemon juice and zest.

Freezing Lemon Juice and Zest

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June 29, 2017

Frozen lemons are amazing for juicing. When defrosted they are soft, and just bursting with high quality juice. This is a page about use whole frozen lemons for juice.


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