The health benefits of lemons are endless. Since 1970, over 20 laboratory studies have confirmed that lemon can destroy malignant cancer cells, while leaving the healthy cells intact. The anti-microbial compounds in lemons are extremely powerful against bacterial infections and fungi as well as against internal parasites and worms. Lemon is also highly efficient in regulating high blood pressure. Plus, it’s a powerful anti-depressant that fights stress and nervous disorders. When applied topically, this fruit can also do wonders for your skin and hair.
But, while most people associate the benefits of lemons with lemon juice, few know that lemon peel can be just as effective. In fact, lemon peel contains 5 – 10 times more vitamins and enzymes than lemon juice.
WHY YOU SHOULD FREEZE LEMONS
- Reap all the health benefits of lemon. By freezing the lemon, instead of juicing it, you ensure that you’ll take advantage of the entire spectrum of health benefits it has to offer. As mentioned above, the lemon peel contains 5 to 10 times more vitamins than the juice itself. Plus, it’s the peel that helps remove toxins from the body.
- Freezing lemons is one way to assure you are never short of this fruit. This way you preserve every part of the fruit including the juice, and consume it at your convenience.
- Freezing lemons can ease the preparation of food and beverages. For one thing, frozen lemons are much easier to handle. You can grate them thus using the entire fruit, including the peel. Then sprinkle it on your salad, ice cream, soup, cereals, noodles, or spaghetti sauce.
- Freezing lemons improves the taste. Apart from using the entire fruit without any waste, freezing lemons makes the fruit taste even more delicious – refreshing, zesty and alkalizing.
HOW TO FREEZE LEMONS
It’s advisable to choose lemons that have no dark or soft spots. Wash them well with water. In case you’ve bought non-organic lemons, remove the pesticides from your produce by washing them in a mixture of water and white vinegar.
Place the lemons in freezer bags, then remove air and seal well.
When you need the lemons, take them out of the freezer and place them in cold water for 10-15 minutes.
Using a grater, shred the lemon unpeeled. Sprinkle over foods – soup, cereals, ice cream, noodles, fish, whisky, wine… In fact, this list is endless. To your surprise, the foods will taste unexpectedly delicious, something that you may never have tasted before. Plus, you’ll be using the entire lemon without any waste.
Note: Once you defrost the lemon completely, it will become very squashy and unsuitable for slicing and decorating.