Lemons are incredibly rich in Vitamin C, possess a wide range of other nutrients and add delicious flavor to both food and drinks. Many housewives practice to keep a few lemons in their fruit bowl, but we offer you a better way to keep them – freeze your lemons!
Lemons can be incorporated into the diet in any form, but freezing lemons can be used quicker and easier.
Here are 10 reasons why lemons should be kept in the freezer:
1) Lemon peel is the best part
The Health Unlocked stays that the lemon peel is the best part because it contains 10 times more vitamins than the juice or the flesh of the lemon. Every part of the lemon should be utilized, including the skin.
For easy grating try freezing them in halves.
2) Lemons are rich in Vitamin C
Thanks to this important vitamin lemon are used to fight against colds and flu, and it neutralizes the free radicals which age us. It is a proven fact that one large lemon consists of at least 53mg of Vitamin C (almost 90% of our daily requirement).
3) Lemons help our bodies repair
According to Healthy Eating, another benefit of vitamin C consisted of lemons is its essentiality for producing collagen, a compound important for forming new bone, blood vessels, and tendons, and alleviating wounds.
4) Lemons are more versatile when they’re frozen
Because of the specific flavor and taste, some people don’t like lemons, which is not the case if you freeze them. By freezing and grating them, lemons are easier to incorporate into the meals without packing a huge flavor punch (unless you want to!).
The process of cooking lemon reduces some of the Vitamin C, so it is best to sprinkle the frozen lemon into soups, salad dressings, and onto rice dishes and noodles. Grated lemon can also be sprinkled onto fruit salad with yogurt, or onto ice cream to receive fresh and zesty flavor. This way of using goes well with sweet or savory dishes.
5) You won’t need ice cubes
By cutting lemons into walnut-sized chunks before freezing, you can use them later instead of ice cubes. Throwing them into the glass of water you can keep it cool and add a lovely fresh flavor.
6) It’ll save you money
Out of the season, lemons can get very expensive, so you can follow the prices of it and buy at the moment when the price is the best for you. Stock up them and you don’t need to worry about shelf life. Be sure that the lemons will at least four months in the freezer.
7) Limonoids prevent cancer
Many studies have shown that limonoids, a natural compound contained in citrus fruits, prevent the development of cancer cells (especially breast cancer). The high amount of the antioxidants in lemon make it able to act against various microbes and to fight off bacterial infections, internal parasites, and fungi.
8) Lemons alkalize your body
Body acidity by many people who suffer from it is not recognized, even though there are many symptoms, which will lead you to the right conclusion.
According to Care2 symptoms of acidity include:
- Acid reflux
- Sensitive gums
- Mouth ulcers
- Fatigue and
Drinking water with lemon is the easiest way to alkalize your body and the benefit of using frozen lemons here is that you can be more precise with the amount. Using water lemon on this way will avoid sourness of the lemon juice alone.
9) Lemons are low in calories and sugar
Lemons have far less sugar and calories comparing to oranges. Healthy Eating offers the facts that lemons have approximately 29 calories and 2.9 grams of sugar per 100 grams, while oranges have 47 calories and 9.4 grams of sugar.
Even though these sugars are natural, it is still important to limit the amount of them in the diet.
10) They’re perfect for drinks
In almost all cocktails and fresh iced teas, the lemons are used as an addition. It is recommended to use lemon juice and other fresh ingredients, but what we suggest is to pour fresh lemon juice into ice trays with other healthy and colorful additions, such as strawberry, a slice of orange, or a mint leaf.
When making drinks, they’re quick and mess-free, and sometimes they can be used to cool down a hot cup of tea.
- For grating, you can freeze lemons whole, but if you are planning to use later sliced or shopped pieces then it is best to do it so before freezing.
- Chop or slice or the fruit to your desired size and then freeze them
- If you want to prevent the juice from sticking them together on, put the pieces on a single layer baking tray overnight.
- Keep frozen pieces of lemon into a snap-lock bag