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AkA How to Make the Most of an Abundant Harvest!

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!
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Step 1: What you need:

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You really don't need much - there is a good chance you already have these lying around.

Clean lemons
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

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Now, slice up your lemons! The thickness of the slices is really up to you. Do you like thin slivers in your water? Or a nice thick chunk for a pitcher?

Slice accordingly.

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

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Once you have your lemons sliced, place the slices in your muffin tins or mini loaf pans.

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

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Now that your lemon slices are place, fill each section up with water. The lemon will float, this is fine.

I find that filling each section to the brim makes it easier when it comes to remove the frozen sections.
blossom92833 years ago
Do you think if you make the slices thick enough that they can be thawed and squeezed when using this method?
taransa (author)  blossom92833 years ago
I have not tried that. I would say it is worth a shot, though you may want to try to freeze them in little sandwich or snack-size baggies to keep the flesh completely covered with water while it freezes.
Last time I tried to freeze sandwich bags, I opened the fridge before they were done and they fell out causing a flood . The best part was that we were in the middle of the hurricane and that was the most damage to our house lol
taransa (author)  blossom92833 years ago
Oh no! Sounds like something I have done with Popsicle molds! Perhaps a muffin tin or mini loaf pan would help hold the bags steady while freezing?
PossIbly, or at least capture the water