My friend Diana gifted me with a grocery bag full of beautiful lemons the other day. How lucky am I? But, I just don't have the time or energy to turn them into anything delicious right now so what to do? Freeze them of course.
When I told Diana that was what I had in mind she said she didn't realize you could do that and so maybe my readers don't know that either? All you have to do is wash the lemons well. You can leave them whole but I like to cut them according to how I think I'll use them. Some I slice because I'll use them in drinks or I need just a squeeze in a recipe and some I cut in half because I'll need the juice of a whole or half lemon in a recipe. Then I lay them out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. The parchment paper prevents things from sticking. Put the whole thing in the freezer. Once the lemons are frozen solid in an hour or two remove them from the sheet and pop them into zip lock bags for freezer storage. Now you have fresh lemon juice whenever you need it. The texture of the lemons won't be perfect once they thaw so you still need fresh fruit for a nice garnish.
Yum, I see lemon bars in our future when all this canning is a distant memory! Thanks Diana.
Until next time,