In order not to throw away that half a lemon that is left in the fridge, freeze it or dry it. Here's how to avoid waste and always have citrus fruits available
How many times has it happened that we only needed a slice of lemon or a little grated zest and then the rest of the lemon remained in the fridge for days or weeks until it was time to throw it away because it wasn't fresh anymore? That waste and what a pity! The solution? To freeze! Yes, because even lemon can be stored in the freezer, did you know? And of course all the other citrus fruits too. Let's see how.
How to store citrus fruits
From zest to juice, all citrus fruits are used, in many sweet and savory preparations, and you really shouldn't throw anything away. So let's learn how to keep them. Such as?
The ways are varied, let's start with the simplest, freeze them. First it is advisable to wash and dry the citrus fruits well and then you can prepare thin slices of lemons or oranges and close them in bags for the freezer. At any time you will have your slice to add to cocktails or to one recipe, as if you had just detached your citrus from the plant. A longer but more spectacular job is to freeze clove after clove, peeled to live. In this case the initial work is more laborious, but the result will be truly spectacular!
You can also freeze alone their peel. With the help of a potato peeler, remove it, avoiding to understand the white part that leaves a bitter taste, and then close the zest in small bags and freeze it. You will need it to prepare an herbal tea or to add flavor to a broth.
Finally the juice: you can squeeze that of oranges and lemons, filter it and then fix it in the containers for ice. In this way you will have the right amount of nectar ready to be used at any time you want. For season a broth, a fish stock or simply to prepare excellent scallops lemon!
Another method of conservation is l'drying, which in this case concerns the peel of citrus fruits. In this case, wash and dry the lemon or orange peel, spread it on a sheet of baking paper and cook it for two hours at 100 °. Once it is very crunchy, put it in a blender and blend it. You can keep the powder you get for a long time in hermetically sealed jars.
In the tutorial you will find some tips for using your citrus fruits