I love the smell of fresh lemon and even use the old lemon slices to shine my pots, a trick I learned from the months we stayed with my husband’s Granny!
The one thing I don’t like is seeing an old brown shriveled up half a lemon going to waste in the fridge. With so many good uses it just seems wasteful. Luckily, I found a solution to safely freeze lemon to preserve it and have it ready for when I’m thirsty or sick!
How to freeze lemon
As with any fruit the first step is to wash it with cold water in the basin.
After washing the lemon, cut it into slices or wedges as you would normally use them.
Next, lay the lemon slices or wedges flat on a baking tray or any freezer-safe flat plate.
This part is even fun to do for eager little helping hands!
Place the tray into the freezer (without covering it) and leave it to freeze for an hour or so.
Once frozen, remove the tray from the freezer. Your lemon pieces should all be frozen solid now and because they were laid flat out on the tray they are not sticking together.
You can now place all your slices or wedges into a freezer-safe Ziploc bag and the pieces will not stick together when placed back into the freezer! I like the real Ziploc bags because they double-lock thus adding an extra measure against freezer burn.
Now you have bag full of lemon slices / wedges to use anytime you want. There is no need to defrost it as it just melts to it’s original texture in your water or whatever you are drinking it with.
The best part is that you’ve already done all the slicing and cutting during the prep prior to freezing so the lemon is absolutely ready to use!