Extend The Season: Freezing Citrus Juice and Zest

Extend The Season: Freezing Citrus Juice and Zest

Come on, surely you’ve done this before?

If not, you should!
 Citrus has a peak season. Buying and freezing during it can save money since the fruit is cheaper then as well as better quality.

It’s really as easy as freezing ice cubes.

Extend The Season: Freezing Citrus Juice and Zest

 

 

Just zest and juice your fruit, save the rinds to make citrus vinegar!

 

You want to zest before you juice.

Extend The Season: Freezing Citrus Juice and Zest
 

It’s really really hard to zest a floppy lemon, I may or may not know that from personal experience. 
That pretty orange squeeze-juicer thing looks nice but it didn’t work so great. It did a real number on my wrists and never could get the last bit of juice out. The good old fashioned glass one above ( you can find one similar here) is my favorite. We actually bought it at a yard sale while on our honeymoon.

Extend The Season: Freezing Citrus Juice and Zest

Now portion it out in amounts you will use most often.

 
 What recipes do you use it in and what amounts do they call for?
 I like to freeze my lemon and lime juice in ice cube trays or cup portions but my orange or grapefruit juice in pint size containers.
Extend The Season: Freezing Citrus Juice and Zest

You could also totally make and freeze a lemon aid concentrate with sugar and lemon juice.

 
Extend The Season: Freezing Citrus Juice and Zest

I freeze the zest so I can just scrape out what I need with a spoon. If you have a really large amount using the flash freezing method would probably work awesome. 

Extend The Season: Freezing Citrus Juice and Zest
 
If you are freezing in ice trays transfer the cubes to air tight containers once they are solid to cut down on freezer burn.
 
Extend The Season: Freezing Citrus Juice and Zest

That’s all there is to it, now you can enjoy top quality citrus all year long!

 Share! tell me, how do you save foods while in season to last all year?

 
Extend The Season: Freezing Citrus Juice and Zest
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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2 thoughts on “Extend The Season: Freezing Citrus Juice and Zest

  1. Love, love, love freezing the juice and the zest. I have also personally tried to zest an already juiced lemon and it is horrible….I may or may not have almost zested my finger in the process. I just use the last of my zest because I found this great new blueberry strudel muffin which uses the zest. I did the lemon and then the orange and I was out of zest. I might have to find a cheap bag of lemons and zest away! Then we will have lots of yummy muffins through the summer. Thanks for the “grate” tip 🙂

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