Every once in awhile, I will be tempted to buy a convenient squeeze jar of ready-made lemon or lime juice. Then I read the ingredients on the jar. Then I put the jar back. Not only is the juice usually not organic, but other ingredients – such as preservatives – are listed besides lemons or limes.
Since I don’t go to the grocery store too often, whenever I can get an abundance of organic or local lemons or limes, I will juice them and freeze the juice in ice cube trays. It makes having citrus juices very convenient – as convenient as the squeeze jars – and it prevents large quantities of lemons or limes from spoiling.
Start by juicing the lemons and/or limes. Then pour the lemon or lime juice into ice cube trays (speaking of which – have you seen these stainless steel, BPA-free ice cube trays? I want some!). You’ll want to know how much liquid each section contains – in my plastic trays, each holds two tablespoons of liquid.
Once frozen, transfer the cubes to mason jars or freezer bags and store in the freezer.
An hour or so (depending on your home’s temperature) before the time the juice is needed, pull out how many cubes you need and place in a covered bowl or lidded jar on the counter or in the fridge to thaw. For instance, if I needed four tablespoons of lemon juice, I would grab two of my frozen cubes.
Once thawed, the juice can be used as usual. If you’re adding the juice to something that is being heated, you can skip the thawing entirely.
I have noticed that these don’t freeze as solid as water – they stay a bit mushy. Also, lemon and lime juice look similar – so if you’re freezing some of each, make sure you know which one was put where!
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