How to Freeze Lemons & Limes

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How to Freeze Lemons & Limes
A lemon and a lime (Lemon and Lime image by ne_fall_photos from

Lemons and limes are both tropical citrus fruits that originated in Southeast Asia. They are mostly grown in subtropical climates, including the states of California and Florida. Both fruits are high in vitamin C and antioxidants, which may protect cells from environmental toxins. Lemons peak between May and August while limes peak between May and October. Both fruits have the highest antioxidant level when ripe. While whole lemons and limes do not freeze well, the juice can be frozen and stored in the freezer for extended periods of time.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Lemon(s)
  • Lime(s)
  • Knife
  • Colander
  • Glass bowl
  • Ice cube container
  • Resealable plastic bag

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  1. 1

    Pick fruit that is slightly soft when squeezed, is brightly coloured and smells like citrus juice. These are all good indications that the fruit is ripe and ready to be stored.

  2. 2

    Wash the fruit with water to ensure that any bacteria on the skin will not transfer to the pulp of the fruit. Roll the fruit on a flat surface under the palm of your hand to get the juice moving.

  3. 3

    Cut the fruit horizontally through the centre, creating two halves. Squeeze the fruit over a fine-grain colander that is held over a bowl or jar to catch any seeds. You can also use a juicer or fruit reamer to extract the juice.

  4. 4

    Pour the juice into a clean ice cube container and set in the freezer until frozen.

  5. 5

    Put the frozen cubes into a resealable plastic bag and store in the freezer until ready to consume. to defrost, place in a small glass container and allow the juice to melt at room temperature. You can also microwave for 10 to 20 seconds at a time until melted. Use as desired.

Tips and warnings

  • Note that freezing whole limes or lemons will cause the juice to freeze and the fruit to shrivel. It will be very difficult to extract any juice using this method.

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