Margaret River Fresh Produce has LEMONS!
Taking advantage of bulk pricing means getting a lot of produce all at once. How do you store and use lemons?
- Choose the right lemons. Choose lemons that are bright yellow and not too mature. Younger lemons will last longer in storage. Older lemons are perfect for juicing and freezing.
- Store lemons by themselves. Store lemons away from other fruits. Fruits such as apples and bananas release ethylene gas as they ripen, which can speed up the natural ripening process of lemons.
- Make lemon water. If you have sliced lemons to use, make lemon water by combining the lemon slices and water and leaving it in the refrigerator.
- Zest frozen lemons. It is easier to zest a frozen whole lemon than a fresh lemon. To add a zesty kick to a recipe, take a frozen lemon from the fridge and run the rind over a lemon zester tool.
How to store lemons and how long will they keep?
- Keep lemons at room temperature. Whole lemons can last up to a week stored at room temperature on your countertop.
- Store lemons in the refrigerator. Whole lemons can last for a month in the refrigerator but you must store them in an airtight container or a sealed plastic bag.
- Wrap up cut lemons. You can refrigerate lemon halves and lemon slices in the fridge for five to seven days in an airtight container or a zip-top bag.
- Juice the lemons. Juiced lemons should be stored in an airtight container or enclosed glass jar in the fridge. The lemon juice can last upwards of four days, though it may slowly lose its flavor.
- Place lemons in the freezer. Pushed for time? Freeze whole lemons. Put the lemons in a freezer bag, and as needed, defrost your lemon until it's soft again. Perfect for juice as the pulp will get mushy. Frozen lemons will keep for three to four months.
- Freeze lemon slices. Slice lemons into smaller pieces and remove seeds. Spread the slices on a baking sheet and flash freeze until they’re solid. Transfer the lemon slices to a freezer bag and seal. Frozen lemons will keep for three to four months.
- Freeze lemon juice. You can also freeze lemon juice. Juice the lemons and put the juice in individual ice cube trays. When frozen, move the juice blocks into a freezer bag. You can then use the lemon juice for any recipe that calls for fresh lemon juice, such as lemonade or marinades. Frozen lemon juice will last for three to four months.
Greek Lemonade Recipe
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 4 mins
- 4 cups of water (3 chilled)
- 1/2 cup Tizzbeez Honey
- 6 lemons (juiced)
- Fresh mint
Gently heat 1 cup of water and honey in small saucepan on gentle heat to dissolve honey. Then cool in fridge for an hour.
Add cooled honey water to chilled water, and lemon juice, stirring. Pour into glasses with ice and top with mint.