If you’re lucky enough to have access to a lemon tree but aren’t sure what to do with all those fresh lemons, here’s a short tutorial on freezing fresh lemon juice and zest!
Step one should be to wash the lemons, especially if you’re freezing the zest. The next step is the longest one – zesting all those lemons! Use a box grater or zester to complete this step.
Once all the lemons are zested, lay a piece of waxed paper on a baking sheet. Place lemon zest on the waxed paper in 1 tsp clumps. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer for at least an hour. At this point, the clumps of lemon zest should be stiff enough that they can be wrapped individually with cling wrap and placed into a freezer bag or jar. Label the container with measurement information and date, and store in the freezer.
Juice lemons into a large bowl. We suggest juicing by hand rather than with a juicer in order to avoid a bitter lemon rind taste. Strain lemon juice to remove any seeds. Pour into ice cube trays and freeze. Once thoroughly frozen, remove cubes and place into a freezer bag. Label the bag with measurement information and date.
Lemon zest and fresh lemon juice both defrost rapidly for easy use in recipes!
For a delicious dessert using fresh lemons, see our recipe for Family Tree Lemon Bars!