Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Don’t Waste Another Lemon. Try The Frozen Lemon Trick!

Posted by 5 years ago 26 Comments

This is such a cool, fun, easy trick to add loads of lemon flavor to any dish. The idea is simple: wash and freeze a whole lemon and then simply grate onto your favorite foods!

Check out how I use it on top of yogurt for a quick snack in the video.

How cool is that?! I love that I can now keep a lemon in my freezer without it going bad. I’ll be using some frozen grated lemon on salmon tonight. Will keep you posted!

Have you tried this technique? Leave a comment with your favorite way to use the grated lemon. I’d love to get some ideas!

Don't Wast Another Lemon. Try The Frozen Lemon Trick!

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    February 27, 2013

    Do you eat the grated seeds too? Can you taste them?


    February 27, 2013

    Really zings up steamed or microwaved asparagus, broccoli. Cleansing first thing in AM drink in hot water. Add to cold water with ginger, mint, cucumber, clementine, grapefruit ---any or all. With olive or grapeseed. oil and a bit if honey, ginger---dressing for chopped cabbage, shredded carrots, chopped apple. Great freezing tip! Thanks.


    February 27, 2013

    Brandy - I haven't even noticed the seeds! Must have grated right through them!


    February 27, 2013

    How about the white bitter part of the lemon, the part between the skin and the inner fruit? Great idea, btw: )


    February 27, 2013

    To add, when I zest the outer lemon skin for anything, if too much of the white finds its way in, it can mess up the great flavor making it bitter. I just watched the video, so I'm assuming that's not an issue.


      May 21, 2014

      dear roni,ireceived an email about frozen lemons,and it is like chemo therapy for cancer.i have been doing this since 2012.


    February 27, 2013

    Well I've used it on the yogurt and on Salmon tonight and the bitter didn't' bother me, I think the combination of the fruit and zest overpowers it. That being said, I wouldn't use it for a delicate recipe that calls for zest. Think of it more like a condiment.


    February 28, 2013

    Brilliant!! If you were looking to flavor a sweet dish (or just did not like the strong flavor of the rind), you could peel the lemon before freezing and just grate the frozen flesh into the dish. I'll definitely be freezing some citrus! :)


    February 28, 2013

    Never heard of this, but love, love the idea as I'm a huge lemon fan! Thx, Roni

    Kelly Ashby

    February 28, 2013

    I've been freezing sliced lemon and limes for years but never thought about grating them for recipes. Thanks for another great idea, Roni!!

    Diane in Wisconsin

    February 28, 2013

    For a long time I have zested and squeezed lemons freezing the juice in ice cube trays and the zest in plastic bags. Do this when lemons are on sale - not every time I purchase a lemon. This, however, seems much easier and am going to try it 'cause I can do it with one lemon at a time and not wait for a sale. Besides one lemon has to last a long time.


    February 28, 2013

    that is a great idea, soooo do you think you could do the same with an orange?


    February 28, 2013

    Donna, I haven't done it but I was thinking the same thing. Why not?! I'm gonna try it with one of my fresh mandarins. It's a nice small size and a great way to save them if you can't finish before they rot.

    Health n Fitness Care

    March 2, 2013

    Nice tip, will definately try it sometime.


    March 3, 2013

    You look so good. Happy, healthy, and full of energy!


    March 4, 2013

    sound like a great idea. Will try this, I love putting lemon in my soups. It pops the flavor.


    March 11, 2013

    Oh man! Now I wish I have bought that bag of Meyer Lemons I saw last week! Thanks for the tips and ideas Roni!


    March 20, 2013

    That's awesome! Would other citrus work too? Limes, Oranges? :)


    March 20, 2013

    Yup! I did it with mandarin oranges too!


    April 4, 2013

    Hi Roni, As we discussed, I linked your frozen lemon post to my post on lemons that I froze at: Glad to share this idea with you. Neva


    May 7, 2013

    This is the best tip! I always ended up throwing lemons or part of lemon away. I also froze my extra limes. The frozen grated citrus even worked well in my fresh salad and guacamole recipes. Couldn't tell I didn't use fresh. Definitely going to try other citrus as well.


    October 14, 2013

    This is such a great idea .


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    March 20, 2014

    looking forward to more great ideas


    May 21, 2015

    I just started doing this. Makes my cold water yummy. Makes my Apple Cider Vinegar tolerable. Even starting to enjoy this warm cup of ACV in the morning. Thanks!


      May 21, 2015

      Zing!!! I have loved lemons forever and this makes me happy :)