Storing: Oranges and other citrus fruits such as lemons, limes, and grapefruits can be stored short-term (up to one week) at room temperature. To prolong the shelf life (up to 3-4 weeks) of citrus fruits, keep them in a bag in the refrigerator.
Freezing: Citrus can be frozen in wedges, slices, zest, juice, or whole. By freezing citrus, you can use nearly every part of the fruit and always have it on hand to add to dishes and drinks.
- Always wash fruit first.
- Use a microplane to create lemon zest from the peel and freeze in icecube trays or small containers.
- To freeze whole lemons, place them in freezer bags, removing as much air as possible before sealing.
- Use whole frozen lemons for juicing.
- To thaw, microwave for a few seconds, or place the lemons in cold water for 10 to 15 minutes. Slice the lemon and juice.
- Use it all! Grate over yogurt, salads, soups or juices.
- To freeze whole lemons that you've grated the zest from, wrap them in plastic wrap or aluminum foil to prevent drying out. Add to freezer bags, as described above.
- To freeze slices, lay them out on a cookie sheet and set them in the freezer for a few hours. Once they’re solid, collect them into a zip-top storage bag.
Tips on making Citrus Juice Cubes.
Tips on using Citrus for Household Cleaners.