How To Juice a Juicier Lemon (and other citrus fruits!) + 26 citrus recipes

Posted on | May 21, 2013 | 7 Comments

I love lemon. The boys love lemon. Hubba loves lemon. Lemonade. Lemon curd. Lemon bars. Cookies, cakes, etc.

You get the point.

When lemons go on sale. I stock UP!

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So last fall when I found a box of organic lemons from one of our local buying clubs, I jumped at the chance to buy them. All 30-something pounds of them. Most of them went into the freezer. Whole. Many people are under the impression that to freeze lemons, you have to juice them & freeze the juice. I did that for a long time. Several years ago, I had to “save the lemons” & didn’t have time to juice them. I threw them all in the freezer whole & walked away.

What I found when I came back to them were solid, perfect lemons. I thawed them out, juiced them & noticed that they juiced so much easier. I’ve heard tricks- pop them in the microwave for a few seconds to get them to give up more juice. Yuck! I avoid the micro these days, so that’s out. Roll them on the counter to get more juice out. This works well, but when you’re juicing a dozen lemons, it can get taxing on the hands.

Not only do previously frozen lemons juice easier, they really give it up! I found that a thawed lemon released more juice than their rolled or microwaved counterparts. I’ve done this for years now & have really noticed a difference. Now when I buy lemons, I buy them ahead of time & pop them in the freezer, even if only overnight. No rolling, no microwaving. If you need the zest, you can just zest them prior to freezing them. Zest can also be frozen 🙂

Limes are bad about hanging onto their juice. Many of them are smaller & firmer than their yellow counterparts. I’ve done this with limes as well. I’ve only done it a couple of times with oranges. We prefer our oranges in whole segments- yum, but they all work the same! Freeze, thaw, juice, presto!

Now that you have all this citrus fruit in your freezer, take a look at some of the following recipes & ideas to expand your citrus juice horizon! Some of these recipes will call for a specific amount of juice, followed by a “approximately x number of lemons.” After freezing, since the citrus gives off more juice, you will get away with using less fruit. For example, one recipe calls for 3 lemons. You should be able to use just 2, keeping in mind the size of your lemons. I say always try to go with a medium lemon, adjusting your recipes accordingly. From a medium lemon, I can get about 2 tablespoons of juice unfrozen & about 3-4 tablespoons after freezing & thawing!


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Salmon Dip

Best Lemonade Ever (It really is! I use organic cane sugar in this.) from Allrecipes

Grilled Cod

Homemade “Jello” Gelatin | Lemon or Lime Flavors (sugar free option) from Whole New Mom

Canned Lemon Curd (This is just like lemon bars without the crust. Bestill. My. Heart.) from UGA

Gluten Free Creamy Lemon Pie from Cooking TF

Lemon Dahl & Spiced Rice from Pickle Me Too

Probiotic Rich Lemon Poppyseed Dressing from Pickle Me Too

Pretend You Are in Hawaii Pineapple Chutney from Lisa’s Counter Culture

Watermelon Salsa from Lisa’s Counter Culture

Sprouted Quinoa Salad/Tabbouleh from Lisa’s Counter Culture

Lactofermented Lemon Mint Cantaloupe Drink from Pickle Me Too

Lemonade Kombucha from Pickle Me Too

Lemon Ginger Kombucha from Pickle Me Too

Lemon Blueberry Macadamia Nut Muffins (Dairy, Sugar, Grain, and Gluten-Free) from Delicious Obsessions

Sweet & Tangy Lemon Curd from Delicious Obsessions


“Tequila” Lime Grilled Chicken

Tropsicles (Tropical Popsicles)

Homemade “Jello” Gelatin | Lemon or Lime Flavors (sugar free option) from Whole New Mom

Pretend You Are in Hawaii Pineapple Chutney from Lisa’s Counter Culture


Orange Spice Dutch Baby Sourdough Pancake from Pickle Me Too

Orange Spice Kombucha from Pickle Me Too

Orange Ginger Beet Kvass from Pickle Me Too

Alternate Uses

Cold & Flu

Orange Oil Cleaner (I use all citrus peels & pieces in this!)

Cough Syrup

What are some of your favourite ways to use citrus??

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7 Responses to “How To Juice a Juicier Lemon (and other citrus fruits!) + 26 citrus recipes”

  1. genie
    May 23rd, 2013 @ 1:30 pm

    Never thought of freezing lemons. Might have to try it.

  2. Adrienne @ Whole New Mom
    May 23rd, 2013 @ 5:26 pm
  3. The Vintage Wife
    May 23rd, 2013 @ 6:05 pm

    Adrienne- You’re so punny 😀

  4. Romina
    May 23rd, 2013 @ 5:46 pm

    You can freeze lemon zest? Awesome! Thanks for the tip.
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  5. The Vintage Wife
    May 23rd, 2013 @ 6:06 pm

    Romina- Yessum! You can freeze in little spoonfools (flash freeze in mounds) or you can free in an ice cube tray with a little juice.

  6. Foxxcollector
    May 24th, 2013 @ 10:40 pm

    Thank you for the tip. you can do the same for mangoes. Of course you won’t jucie them but you can just thaw when you need them and eat them or cut them for a dish.

  7. The Vintage Wife
    May 25th, 2013 @ 9:37 am

    I’ll have to try that. I figured they would get mushy like tomatoes or something. Thanks!

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