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Lemon is a universal fruit of the citrus family, which is used in the process of preparing sweet and spicy dishes as a decoration or key ingredient. Unfortunately, like all fresh fruits, lemons quickly deteriorate and remain fit for only two to three weeks, or even less if cut. So that this storehouse of vitamins does not deteriorate for a long time, it must be frozen and thus increased the shelf life.
Can lemons be frozen
Lemons are suitable for freezing. They are frozen in order to use if necessary for cooking, as well as for medicinal purposes. Citrus fruits are frozen in several ways:
- using the whole fruit,
- in a crushed state with or without sugar,
- slices, circles or quarters,
- in separate parts: zest or juice.
When freezing, the juice is structured; after thawing, such a liquid is absorbed by the body faster. The process of shock freezing helps to get rid of harmful substances that could get into the skin after processing with chemicals during cultivation. Frozen lemons can be stored in the freezer for several months.
The benefits of frozen lemon for the human body
When analyzing the qualities of frozen lemon, the question arises whether the fruits can be frozen and used. It seems that the use of fresh fruit is more justified if the body does not have enough vitamin C, and it needs to fill the natural need. This conclusion comes from those who are not familiar with the mechanism of action of frozen lemon.
The fact is that shock freezing affects the beneficial properties of citrus in a special way. Antioxidant qualities increase significantly: this is due to the structuring of vitamins C and E.
The composition after exposure to cold remains the same. Fiber, micro and macro elements do not change their properties. The effect of the product on the human body is characterized by several areas:
- Antioxidant. The elements of the composition stop the oxidation processes, prevent the spread of free radicals. For the human body, this property is expressed in increasing the protective mechanisms of cells, inhibition of aging processes, normalization of the activity of the heart muscle.
- Immunomodulating. The benefits of using structured juice are enhanced by the ease of absorption. Vitamin C inhibits the development of viruses, improves immunity.
- Antimicrobial. This effect is associated with the effects of micro and macro elements, as well as phytoncides, which are rich in citrus fruits.
- Anti-inflammatory. Warm water with shavings of frozen fruit can relieve inflammation of the larynx. This is due to the influence of beneficial elements on the mucous membranes of the upper respiratory tract with the accompanying effect of essential oils.
Lemons contain more than 50% liquid, so they act as diuretics. Fiber fiber helps improve digestion. According to doctors, the benefits of frozen lemon increase with the regular use of the product. To feel the effect of citrus, you need to take 70 - 75 g of lemon daily.
Cancer benefits of frozen lemon
The beneficial properties of frozen lemon have been discussed relatively recently. The information that citrus can freeze cancer cells after freezing has stirred the public. When talking about the use of lemon in the treatment of cancer, they have in mind its antioxidant properties.
The benefit of frozen lemon in the presence of cancer is possible in the case of its systematic use. The elements of the composition bind free radicals, excluding their movement inside the cells. In addition, vitamins C and E in combination with flavonoids prevent the spread of metastases, clean the interior of toxins and harmful substances.
What are the benefits of frozen lemons when losing weight?
To get rid of extra pounds, products are used that contain increased levels of fluid and fiber. This helps remove harmful toxins from the body. Such a product can be considered frozen citrus. In addition, it contains vitamins and minerals that can enrich the body with useful substances.
When losing weight, it is recommended to use frozen lemon, grated on a grater, the benefits of which are influenced by combinations of products:
- If you add the mixture to a glass of clean water and drink before breakfast, the body starts the process of revitalization of many systems.
- If you take the mixture in combination with hot sweet tea, losing weight will not happen. Excessive consumption of lemon mixture with sugar, on the contrary, can lead to an excess of sucrose and slow down the process of losing weight.
The best option for using frozen citrus for weight loss is considered to be the preparation of a drink with the addition of additional ingredients:
The ingredients are grated. To 1 tbsp. water add 1 tbsp. l mixes and drink in the morning. Exposure to the components helps to stabilize metabolic processes and the removal of toxins from the body.
From control over the amount of consumed product depends on its effect on the body. Of great importance is the method of preparing drinks or dishes with lemon.
Ascorbic acid loses part of its beneficial properties during heat treatment; therefore, it is not recommended to add segments to hot tea, as is customary everywhere. Great benefit will bring a warm drink with juice added to it.
Special reviews, according to doctors, deserve cold water with a slice of frozen lemon: such a drink will benefit normalization of the acid-base balance and, if used regularly, will eliminate the harm caused by acidification of the body - acidosis.
How to freeze lemon in a freezer
To keep lemons in the freezer for a long time, you need to properly prepare the fruits. For freezing, ripe fruits are selected, without damage, dents, cuts. On a peel there should not be dark spots, punctures. The fruits are washed with warm water using a brush, dried and set to freezing:
- whole lemons
- parts of the fruit
- zest and lemon juice.
To protect the fruit from the neighborhood with other products in the freezer, they are placed in bags with clips. Before closing the valve, excess air is removed.
How to freeze a whole lemon
Whole fruits after freezing completely retain their beneficial properties. They are placed in the freezer, previously placed in bags. For defrosting, cold water is used, in which the fruit is dipped for 10 minutes, then they start slicing or rubbing the zest.
After thawing, citruses are fully utilized, repeated freezing can deprive them of all their beneficial properties.
How to freeze lemon slices
Many housewives use lemon wedges: it is convenient and saves space in the freezer. The way to freeze slices differs from solid freezing and includes 3 stages:
- Lemon is cut into slices, laid out on a pallet at a distance from each other.
- Clean in the freezer for 2 hours.
- Frozen wedges are pulled out and poured into a bag. Then they are cleaned in the freezer for permanent storage.
Freezing Lemon Grated
The benefits of grated and then frozen lemon do not differ from the benefits of the fruit, which is frozen and then grated. Freezing grated mass saves time and space in the freezer. The mixture is placed in portioned containers and cleaned for freezing. Portion freezing is convenient for use. For preparation, the product is taken out of the freezer in advance.
Many housewives use mixtures with added sugar to freeze. In fact, sugar should be added after defrosting. The chemical reaction between parts of citrus and sucrose elements can lead to loss of beneficial properties of the mixture.
Can lemons be frozen
Citrus is stored for a long time, it can always be purchased at an affordable price. Why then freeze it? The fact is that the citrus peel is very useful. It contains ten times more vitamins than juice. That is why citrus can be frozen, there are many recipes with it in the composition, which help against serious diseases.
The benefits and harms of lemons
Consider the health benefits of frozen lemons:
- Restoring digestive processes, getting rid of constipation and toxins in the intestine,
- Relieving sore throat and fever with colds and SARS,
- Strengthening the immune system,
- Help fight stress and depression,
- The destruction of fungi and bacteria,
- Elimination of worms,
- Pressure normalization
- Additional treatment for cancer,
- Losing weight.
Treatment with frozen lemon should be carried out carefully for diseases of the stomach of a chronic nature, since frequent use leads to heartburn. With a cold, it can lead to irritation of the nasopharynx.
How to freeze lemon for the winter
Most popular ways:
- Frozen juice. You can keep citrus fresh for a long time. To do this, wash it, cut it, send it to a juicer. After pouring into ice molds, put in the freezer. To reduce the concentration, you can dilute it with water. Lemon juice can be added to tea and other drinks, creams and fruit Kurds.
- Citrus shavings. To make lemon shavings, you need to put the fruits in the freezer for about six hours. After taking out and without defrosting grate. This must be done at high speed so that they do not melt. In this case, the chips will not stick together and remain in friable form. You can freeze one skin that remains after the previous recipe. You can use it with baking, as a decoration for cake, spices for salads and meat.
- Slices of citrus. Rinse the fruit, cut into slices of the preferred size, put on a flat dish and send to the freezer. After a few hours, remove, put in a conveniently stored plate. In this case, the slices do not stick together. They can be added to drinks, decorate cakes, pastries and any dishes on holidays.
Frozen Lemon Treatment
According to recent studies, frozen lemon contains several times more nutrients than normal. In order to strengthen immunity, you do not need to add it to tea or make infusions from it, but use it in frozen form. Adding fruit to drinks is recommended for asthma to relieve symptoms.
Lemons in the fight against cancer
Treatment with frozen lemon should be carried out with the help of citruses, which grew in environmentally friendly conditions. If this conviction does not exist, rinse them thoroughly and disinfect against pesticides.
Not so long ago, citrus was discovered to be effective in the fight against malignant tumors. Please note that you do not need to be treated with only one method. It must be used in addition to the main therapy.
The fruit kills cancer cells, while the remaining cells are not damaged. Chemotherapy also works on this principle. Citrus helps in restoring the alkaline environment, which is harmful to cancerous tumors, which limits their development and growth.
There are a lot of lemonoids in citrus fruits. Studies have proven that they have anti-cancer properties. Especially they help with malignant tumors of the mammary gland.
The difference between lemon and other medicines is that it does not harm healthy cells. That is why it has no contraindications and as an additional therapy it can be used without fear. The proven benefits of frozen lemon from cancer of the following types:
- Malignant tumors in the liver,
- Malignant tumors in the colon,
- Malignant tumors in the prostate,
- Malignant tumors in the pancreas.
For maximum benefit, you need to eat fruit in its entirety. No need to peel the zest or squeeze the juice. Before cooking, soak it in an apple bite or a solution of baking soda. Grated lemon can be added to various dishes and drinks.
Lemon juice is also beneficial, but it is not so effective in the fight against cancer. All the nutrients needed for treatment are found in the peel.
For preventive purposes, you need to eat at least 150 g of frozen fruit per week. Therapy will help reduce certain types of cancer by 50%.
Before use, consult your doctor. Remember that you can not replace it with other methods of treatment. Only in combination with other methods can efficiency be achieved.
This fruit contains organic acids that break down fats, normalize metabolism, and reduce hunger. With the help of citrus, you can easily transfer any diet, strengthen nails and hair.
To prepare water for weight loss, you will need:
- Water - 1 L
- Orange - 1 pc. ,
- Freezer lemon - 1 pc. ,
- Mint - 10 leaves.
Water is designed for four servings. Cooking time - 20 minutes.
- Put chopped mint in a container intended for lemonade. Cut frozen citrus and orange into slices with peel,
- Squeeze the ingredients a little with a spoon, pour cold water into the container, leave for 10 minutes.
The drink will save you from the summer heat and help you not to stay hungry while losing weight.
Lemonade with ginger can be the decoration of the festive table and strengthen the immune system. It is also indispensable for any diet. It can be used by both adults and children. For cooking you will need:
- The frozen juice of one lemon,
- Lemon from the freezer - 2 slices,
- Ginger root - 25 g
- Honey to taste
- Boiled water - 2 l.
- Peel ginger, finely chop, pour 0.5 liters of water and put on low heat for 3 minutes. Wait for cooling.
- Strain the broth, pour into a two-liter container. Add juice, cool water, a little honey.
- Add lemon slices and two ginger plates. Leave briefly in a cool place.
In summer, you can add a few ice cubes. With such drinks, losing weight is delicious and healthy!
Treatment with frozen lemon is available to everyone. They can be purchased in stores all year round. In addition, the taste of such lemons is very unusual, which helps it to be used by those people who cannot eat this healthy fruit fresh. With citrus, the healing process and weight loss will go faster.
Can citrus be kept in the freezer?
Lemon can be frozen. Freezing is one of the most effective ways to preserve the maximum amount of nutrients. However, fresh lemon and frozen are not the same thing.
Here, ascorbic acid disappears when frozen. But in addition to vitamin C, lemon contains other beneficial substances and trace elements. It:
They remain in the product when frozen.
Bioflavonoids also remain in the lemon, of which the fruit contains:
- folic acid (B6).
Low temperatures do not affect them.
How to prepare for storage at home in the refrigerator?
Ripe lemons are better for long-term storage.. But how to determine ripe lemon or not. Citrus fruits turn yellow before they are fully ripe. It's all about the peel. In ripe fruit, it is brilliant, while in unripe it will be dull.
Overripe fruits for freezing also will not work, as well as unripe ones. Therefore, before you buy lemon in the supermarket, lightly press on it, put the soft one back. We choose an elastic fruit, which, when pressed, slightly springy.
After you have prepared the lemons, they need to be processed. This is done as follows:
- Wash your hands with soap before starting the process, as bacteria and viruses will get on the fruit peel from unwashed hands. You can wear rubber gloves to protect the flesh of lemon from harmful bacteria.
- Rinse thoroughly with a dishwashing brush or other brush you have. This will cleanse the skin from various contaminants, including chemical ones.
- Then rinse the lemons under running water, you can use a detergent for washing fruits and vegetables.
- To ensure that the fruits after freezing have the maximum amount of nutrients, use vinegar to remove wax and various pesticides from the skin. To do this, soak the lemons in a vinegar solution. We take acetic acid and water in a ratio of 1: 10. We leave the fruit there for 10 - 15 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with running water and wipe with a towel.
Getting to the freeze.
Whole or whole
To freeze a lemon into slices, cut it into pieces, you do not need to remove the skin. Next, follow the instructions:
- Lay the sliced slices on a cutting board, so that there is free space between them. If this is not done, then a frozen block will turn out.
- Put in this form in the freezer until the slices are seized, or until completely frozen.
- Then they need to be removed from the freezer and put in a bag with a zip fastener, and then removed back for storage.
In this form, lemon slices can be stored for up to 6 months. It is very convenient to take one slice from the package and add to tea. You can defrost a slice and use it for a cocktail or as a decoration. And lemon slices are suitable for fish dishes.
The advantage of this method is that you can get as many lemon slices as you need. But the lack of its duration.
To freeze whole lemons:
- Put them in a plastic bag, click on it, removing excess air.
- Place a bag of lemons in the freezer.
- Leave for storage.
- Before using frozen lemons, remove them from the freezer and hold in cold water for about 10 minutes.
The disadvantage of this method is that after freezing, whole lemons become soft and cannot be cut into slices. But zest and juice can be used for culinary or other purposes.
In ice cubes
We will need lemon juice. You can squeeze it yourself, or using a juicer. To reduce the concentration, the juice can be mixed with water. Then fill in the freezer cells with such a mixture and put them in the freezer.
The advantage of this method is that the juice can be thawed and used for any purpose, but there are also disadvantages. With one lemon juice is not much. Lemons are stored in ice cubes for about 4-5 months. You can use it both for tea and for dishes where you need lemon juice.
Before freezing the zest, we decide what it is. Zest is just a yellow peel, not the whole peel. The soft white part, between the zest and the pulp is not used in cooking.
To freeze the zest, proceed as follows:
- Take the device for removing the zest, it can be a special knife, or an ordinary grater and cut the skin off the lemon. You can freeze the lemons slightly and grate the zest.
- Pour the zest into a resealable bag for freezing.
- Put the bag in the freezer for a few hours or all night. In the morning, remember it with your hands so that there are no lumps.
Store for about 5-6 months.
Frozen zest is an unusual thing. It can be put in baking. Also used as an alternative to candied fruit. The same cakes can be decorated with zest. She perfectly diversifies the taste of various dishes. Such as jelly, cereal, lettuce, meat, fish and others.
It is also used in cocktails to give them a special citrus note.
There is still a very unusual use of frozen zest:
- Scare away mosquitoes and other insects.
- Overcome the bad smell in the bin.
Freezing lemon juice is easy:
- Squeeze the juice from the lemon.
- We pour it into molds for ice (usually available in any modern refrigerator).
- After a while, as the juice freezes, we transfer the finished pieces into a bag and put it back into the freezer.
And so that the juice is squeezed better, pre-freeze the lemon.
The disadvantage of this method is that when squeezing the juice, it comes in contact with air and many useful substances are lost. In addition, it is undesirable to squeeze the juice with metal objects, for example, a grater or a fork. This will adversely affect the quality of the juice.
Therefore, the device must be glass or plastic. The juice is stored frozen 3-4 months. You can use it by putting cubes in tea, cocktail, or other drinks.
It turns out that lemon is such a versatile fruit. And its use in frozen form has only become wider. It is important to remember all the nuances when choosing fruits and properly freeze them.
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