WHEN MOST of us bring home lemons from the shop we either put them in the fridge or place then in a bowl on the counter.
Then when we go to eat one, we usually cut it up into wedges or slices. But did you know that there is a much better way to store and use lemons, which involves putting them in the freezer?
That way you can easily grate them up later for a powerful, tasty health kick.
The health benefits lemons can provide us with are mostly found in the skin and peel of the tangy citrus fruits. These are often lost when people eat them because usually only the juice and pulp ends up getting used and consumed.
The skin and peel is almost always tossed aside because it tastes a little horrid on its own.
However, when you use every part of a lemon, skin too, you can get between five and ten times more the amount of vitamins and other health benefits out of them.
Lemons are a great source of vitamin C, as well as vitamins B6, A, and E, plus folate, calcium, copper, iron, zinc, magnesium, potassium, protein, riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, and phosphorus.
The little yellow fruits also contain flavonoids and limonoids, two powerful antioxidants with natural cancer fighting and prevention properties.
Lemons have also been shown to help prevent diabetes, control high blood pressure, relieve indigestion and constipation, alleviate fevers, and reduce weight.
The citric acid in them helps to fight germs and bacteria and lots of people use them to clean and brighten their skin and nails.
When you eat a lemon you’re feeding your body so much more than just citrus juice and great flavour, but to truly gain all the health benefits from them, you have to eat the entire fruit.
What do you do in preparation for freezing?
Simply wash and clean a lemon and completely dry it off before sealing it in a resalable freezer bag. Then place it in the freezer until it is frozen solid.
The simple reason as to why you should freeze lemons is that when a lemon is hard and solid it makes it much easier to grate.
You want to grate it, rather than slice or squeeze it, because a majority of the health benefits are found in the peel and skin.
Most people use only the juice and pulp when they go to eat or cook with a lemon and so by grating it you end up using the entire fruit and gain the most health benefits from it.
Once the lemon is frozen solid, take it out of the freezer and cut off one end, so that it’s nice and flat. Place the flat side against the grater and begin grating it as if you were grating a block of cheese.
Doing it this way makes the lemon easier to hold steady and cuts down on the risk of it slipping while you’re shredding it up.
After you’re done, store the lemon gratings in a resalable container or use them to flavour food. Don’t worry about ruining a recipe; grated lemon is not as overpowering as you may think it to be.
Instead, the lemony shreds complement and bring out the other flavours and what you get is a very unique type of flavouring that differs from that of squeezing lemon juice on food.
All you have to do is freeze lemons, it’s really that simple and your mind, body, and palettes will all benefit and thank you in the end. Enjoy!