I don't know about you, but for me lemon is THE citrus. It smells great, can be used for desserts or to brighten pasta dishes, for cleaning and deoderizing ... but you knew that already! But what do you do when you have way more lemons from your tree than you can reasonably use?
You make sliced lemon ice cubes!
Step 1: What You Need:
A muffin tin or a mini loaf tin
Large zipper type bag
Knife and cutting board
I have not tried it with limes, but I see no reason why you could not make that substitution.
Step 2: Slice Your Lemons
I prefer to remove the seeds as I go, but I have been told some people enjoy the seeds in the bottom of their water glass. So, deseed or not as desired!
Step 3: Fill Your Tins, Part 1
A muffin tin would be excellent for single slices, where a mini loaf pan is great for freezing several together.
I placed 3 slices per "loaf" for mine.
Step 4: Fill Your Tins, Part 2
I find that filling each section to the brim makes it easier when it comes to remove the frozen sections.
Step 5: Hot and Cold ...
Place your tin in the freezer. Be sure to find a spot where it can not only be level but also undisturbed until it gets solid.
Once they have frozen completely solid (at least overnight), remove the tin from the freezer and place it on the counter. You want to let it set out long enough to loosen in each compartment but not so long that the ice gets real slick with water.
Step 6: Bag 'em Up!
Now, place the bag back in your freezer. You now have fresh lemon to enjoy whenever the desire strikes!
If you froze in muffin tins, take one ice cubes worth and put in your water glass. Enjoy icy lemon water!
Want to look kind of fancy at a picnic or family dinner? Pop a couple muffin tin cubes, or 1 mini loaf cube, in your water pitcher in with your regular ice. Pretty and functional!
Hope this helps you make the most of your lemons!