Lemons, Limes and Oranges…Oh my!

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Some of my favorite fruits to buy are lemons, limes, and oranges because you can use virtually every single part of the fruit. There is almost no waste, which means more bang for your buck. This post has two parts: How to freeze the different parts of citrus fruits and how to use them.

Freezing Juice

  • Pour into ice cube trays or silicone muffin cups. 
  • Once frozen (6-8hours) store in a freezer safe container or bag.
  • To use: thaw in fridge.

Freezing Peel (two ways)

  1. Grate the peel and spread on a covered baking sheet or plate. Once frozen store in a freezer safe container or bag.
  2. Remove insides from fruit (kitchen scissors work well for this) and freeze peel on a covered baking sheet or plate. Once frozen store in a freezer safe container or bag.

Freeze Whole

  • Slice fruit and freeze slices on a covered baking sheet or plate.
  • Once frozen through store in a freezer safe container or bag.

How to Use

The juice and zest are great to use in recipes (obviously). You can use whole pieces of citrus fruit in cooking or in Natural Room Scents. Use scents immediately if using frozen fruit.

You can also throw frozen slices or the peel into your garbage disposal for a quick clean. **It takes a LONG time for your disposal to process fresh peels.**

I like to use the peel for making citrus infused vinegar, which I then use for cleaning. Drop peels from one whole lemon, lime or orange into a wine sized container and cover with white vinegar. Let sit for one month. Strain. Add to a spray bottle with water (1:1 aka same amount of vinegar and water).

 

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