Lemons are great for your health: they are incredibly rich in vitamin C, have a wide range of other nutrients and antioxidants and add a delicious taste to both food and drinks. Many people hold a few lemons in their fruit bowl, but did you know that there is a better way to preserve them?
Freeze your lemons! Lemons are a great food to include in our diet, in whatever form, but if you freeze them, it’s faster and easier for us to access every part of the fruit. Without further delay, here are 10 reasons why you should keep lemons in the freezer:
1) Lemon zest is the best part
According to Health Unlocked, the skin contains 10 times more vitamins than the juice or meat of the lemon. Frozen lemons are strong enough to be grated into food. You will use every part of the fruit, including the part that gives the greatest impact in terms of health benefits – the peel.
Try to freeze them in two halves for easy grating.
2) Lemons are rich in vitamin C
This important vitamin helps against colds and flu and neutralizes the free radicals that age us, according to Real Food for Life. 1 large lemon gives us 53 mg of vitamin C, which is almost 90% of our daily requirement.
3) Lemons help restore our body
The huge amount of vitamin C found in lemons is essential for producing collagen, which helps our bodies to form new bone, blood vessels and tendons and to repair wounds, according to Healthy Eating.
4) Lemons are more versatile when frozen
Some people don’t like the taste of lemons, or find them too sour, and that’s okay. Freezing and grating them will make it easier for you to include lemon in your meals without packing a huge flavor punch (unless you want!).
For example, cooking lemon reduces some of the vitamin C, so try sprinkling the frozen lemon on soups, salad dressings, and on noodles and rice dishes. You can even sprinkle the grated lemon on fruit salad with yogurt, or on ice. It has a fresh and spicy taste and goes well with sweet or savory dishes.
5) You don’t need ice cubes
Cut your lemons into walnut-made chunks before freezing, and then you can throw them in your glass of water to keep it cool and to add a delicious fresh taste.
6) It saves you money
Keep your wallet healthy and your body … Lemons can become very expensive outside the high season, so if you see a good price in the supermarket, you have to take the supply! You don’t have to worry about the shelf life, because lemons can stay in the freezer for three to four months.
7) Limonoids prevent cancer
According to Life Advancer, studies have shown that limonoids, a natural compound found in citrus fruits, prevent the development of cancer cells, with a specific link to breast cancer. Lemons contain antioxidants and are known to have antimicrobial properties to combat bacterial infections, fungi and internal parasites. All the more reason to include lemon in your daily diet.
8) Lemons alkalize your body
Many people suffer from body acidity without knowing it. Symptoms include acid reflux, tender gums and mouth sores, as well as fatigue and nervousness, according to Care2, the easiest way to alkalize your body is to drink water with lemon, and the benefit of using frozen lemons here is that you can be more accurate with the amount you add to the water. Lemon juice alone can be quite acidic and make a big difference to the water, while a mix of skin and meat gives a more subtle taste (and keeps the water cool!).
9) Lemons are low in calories and sugar
In comparison with oranges, a more traditional source of vitamin C, lemons have much less sugar and calories. According to healthy eating, lemons have around 29 calories and 2.9 grams of sugar per 100 grams of fruit. In comparison, oranges have 47 calories and 9.4 grams of sugar. Although these sugars are natural, it is still important to limit the amount of sugar we have in our diet.
10) They are perfect for a drink
Cocktails and fresh iced tea often require lemon juice and other fresh ingredients, but here is an even better method of preparation (as suggested by Healthy and Natural World): pour fresh lemon juice into ice containers with other healthy and colorful additives – a strawberry, a mint leaf or a slice of orange for example. They are quick and mess-free when making drinks, and you can even use them to cool a nice cup of tea.
Bonus tip :
you can freeze whole lemons (for grating), but if you want to use them in slices, it is best to do this before freezing them, as the meat becomes a little mushy when it is thawed. Cut or chop the fruit to the desired size and then freeze them on a single baking sheet overnight – this will prevent the juice from sticking together. If they are frozen, you can throw them all in a bag with snap closure. If recipes recall certain parts of the lemon, you can freeze the grated zest separately in click-fit bags, or you can pour the juice into ice-freeze ice containers, as in the suggestion above.
Lemons are undoubtedly a superfood, but if you don’t have a tree in the garden, it may be less than useful to keep a fresh supply. That’s why you have to hit when they are the cheapest, prepare them the way you want and throw them in the freezer. You will enjoy the ease of being able to add delicious fresh flavors to your cooking skills – and the health benefits that come with it.