How to freeze lemons, oranges and limes to preserve them and make them last longer. Anti-waste tutorial

Very often, if we buy too many lemons in a short time, they tend to mold quickly and consequently risk ending up in the organic waste bin before it can be consumed. A real waste that needs to be remedied. How? Freezing the extra lemons, so you can reuse them later. Here’s how to freeze lemons and limes:

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First of all, it must be remembered that, unlike most fruits, lemons and limes (or limes) do not continue to ripen once harvested . So your goal, once you have them at home, will necessarily be to try to keep them moist and juicy or to freeze them to seal in the freshness. To freeze lemons or limes first decide how you would like to prepare them, choose to cut them into wedges or slicesor do like me and prepare them both ways. To freeze these citrus fruits well, it is better to use a vacuum machine: choose to cut your citrus fruits into wedges or slices, place them in a vacuum bag and press the button. Look at the bag and keep an eye on it until the air begins to run out completely. Important :

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Remember to immediately stop the sucking function as soon as you notice the juice coming out of the fruit. Remember that the goal of this procedure is not to vacuum the lemons as much as possible but to preserve their juice! All that needs to be done, then, is to remove most of the air to avoid freeze burns. It should also be borne in mind that many people store their lemons directly on the counter or in a fruit basket . This method typically allows your lemons and limes to last about a week before becoming soft and mushy. Many people keep their lemons and limes in their refrigerator to extend their life. They often dry out. If they are immediately washed and placed in the fridge, they will mold even earlier. Unless you want to use the peel to make sweets, it would be advisable to wash lemons only shortly before their actual use and not during long-term storage. However, it seems that sealing lemons represents the definitive solution to the conservation problem:

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In this mode, lemons and limes will last in your freezer / refrigerator for about 3-4 weeks . Freezing single slices or wedges of lemons and limes is another great way to extend their life and gradually use the fruit for juices, dishes and flavorings. You can also freeze the juice and peels separately, so you can reuse the liquid and the last in a different way. As for slices, peels and wedges, also in this case it will be necessary to freeze them too, letting out as much air as possible. To be used within 3 months . We remind you that lemon and lime can be used for:

Flavored Waters
Cocktail
Make a simple citrus syrup
Pan-fried sauces and general cooking, artichokes, fried chicken, soups and more.
Baking such as lemon or lime bars, lemon cookies, lemon or lime cakes or loaves, muffins, cheesecakes, pies, cakes, donuts, tarts and more Homemade
Ice Water
Homemade Lemonade or help with lime
Seals

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It is possible to use the same technique for oranges. Same technique, choose to freeze as wedges or slices. Tips: Similarly pack the fruit together. Wedges with wedges, slices with slices. If packaged in many small bags, it will be easier to take out only what we really need from time to time. It can also be useful to create mixed packages of lemons and limes . If you are using a vacuum sealer, cut the bags in half and use the button on the sealer to make mini bags. Additional options: You could also freeze just the juice in the ice cube trays. These are operations that help us save time and money, helping to tackle the problem of food waste. Sometimes it takes just a little effort to change things for the better! Do you want more tips to better freeze your citrus fruits? We recommend watching these video tutorials popular on YouTube:

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