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My husband and I are big on being frugal. It began out of necessity, but now it is like second nature to us. To save a few cents (and every cent helps) in the kitchen, we buy lemons and limes when they are marked down. We've learned that, in some recipes, a lime works as well or better than a lemon!
So we take the fruit home and juice them for future recipes. We put the juice in an ice cube tray or muffin pan. Ice cube trays are good for making a tablespoon or two. Muffin pans will make a bigger amount. Fill the tray, and pop it in the freezer. When they are frozen, take them out of the trays, stack them in a zip lock with a bit of wax paper between each, and put them back in the freezer.
The next time a recipe calls for a tablespoon of lemon juice, we just reach for the freezer! And as a bonus, we can put some of the rind in the garbage disposal to freshen it!
If you bought lemons in bulk and they are close to going "bad", squeeze all the juice into a bowl, remove all seeds, and pour into empty ice cube trays. Freeze and voila, when you need fresh lemon juice take the tray out and pop a cube. Let it melt and you've got fresh lemon juice! They're very refreshing in a glass of ice water.
Squeeze fresh lemons and put the juice in ice cube trays. Freeze them, and then store in a plastic bag in the freezer. Want a glass of ice water? Just throw a couple in a glass of water, and voila! Or throw a couple in a glass of wine, or other fruit juices. UMMM, good on a hot day!
By MI Sandi from Shepherd, MI
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