Regardless of the season, lemon is one of the fruits we always love to have in supply. Fresh lemon goes very well with pasta, chicken, and a whole range of different desserts. But, have you ever tried a frozen lemon? Here we show you how to freeze lemons and the health benefits you can exploit.
How To Freeze Lemons
There’s no need for you to allow the lemons to go bad. You can always freeze them for later use.
Make sure to always buy organic lemons. Wash them under running water, and use a brush to scrub their surface, because we want to use the lemon peel as well. You can also soak them for 15 minutes in a vinegar solution (1 part vinegar, 9 parts water).
You can freeze the lemons whole, or cut into wedges. I prefer freezing them whole.
Put the lemons in a plastic bag, force out the air, and store them in the freezer for 24 hours. Once fully frozen, grate the lemon peel and return the lemons in the freezer. Put the lemon zest in a separate plastic bag, force out the air, and store it in the freezer. You can store the lemons and zest in the freezer for about 4 months.
To defrost the lemons, all you need to do is immerse them in cold water for 10 minutes. Or, you can use the frozen lemons in your favorite savory and sweet dishes, and add the lemon zest to salads, smoothies, lemonade and other drinks.
What Are The Health Benefits Of The Frozen Lemon Therapy?
1. Source Of Vitamins
Lemon zest has about 10 times more vitamins than its juice. The whole fruit will supply your body with vitamin C, pectin, flavonoids, and 22 compounds that slow down cell oxidation. Thus, it’s recommendable to use whole lemons in your meals and drinks.
2. Strengthen The Immunity
Consuming frozen lemons on a daily basis is often called the frozen lemon therapy. This therapy can help you strengthen your immunity, and prevent common colds and flu.
3. Help With Weight Loss
Consuming lemons on a daily basis will not only detoxify your body, but it’ll also reduce your cholesterol levels and help you lose weight.
4. Fight Breast Cancer
New studies show that the limonoids present in lemons can help impede the growth of breast cancer cells, known as ER-positive breast cancers. Thus, it’s recommendable for cancer patients to use lemon in almost every meal. Take the frozen lemon and just grate it in your salad, soup, fish, chicken, noodles, cereals, ice cream, smoothies, or in your favorite drink. Enjoy!