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How to Freeze Lemon and Lime Juice with Zest

Every once in a while limes go on sale in my area for .07 cents each and occasionally I can buy 8 lemons for a dollar. When they go on sale I cannot resist buying them in bulk. I used to panic that I would not be able to use them all before they went bad, and sometimes I couldn’t. Then I developed a strategy that allows me to buy as many as I want when they are on sale and not worry about waste: I  grate the rinds, juice the fruit and then freeze the rinds and juice together for future use.

Grate the rind:

After grating each one, place the zest in a section of an ice-cube tray:

Then juice the fruit. To get more juice from your lemons and limes microwave them for about 10 seconds before you juice them.

After juicing each fruit, pour the juice into one of the sections over the zest:

Once you have juiced all of your lemons and or limes, place the tray in the freezer. Once the juice cubes are frozen, move them to an airtight container.

Most of my recipes using limes, call for the juice and rind of one lime. If a recipe only calls for  the juice of one lime, I still add the zest as well to add a little extra flavor. Recipes call for different quantities of lemon juice. To help you translate ice-cube to English measurments: Each cube = 2 tablespoons, 2 cubes = 1/4 cup.

A few of my favorite recipes using lime juice:

Fresh Salsa

Southwest Steak Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

White Chili

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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner and editor of Premeditated Leftovers. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.


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  2. Love this idea!

  3. This is SUCH a great idea, Alea! I seriously never thought of this, but I will be doing it from now on. By the way, I love your new blog layout and button – they are fantastic!

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  4. Thank you so much for sharing! I never would have thought of freezing lime and lemon juice in an ice tray! Brilliant! :)

  5. Great idea! What a great way to use citrus fruit in season.

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  6. What a great tip! I buy lemons a lot, so my wheels are turning! Thank you for the idea!

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  7. What a great idea! Thank you for sharing that!

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  9. Thanks for the tip! I have a few lemons I bought with the intention of making lemonade, but haven’t gotten around to it. So I’m going to zest and juice them and freeze them like you did! (I got one of those microplaner thingies for half price so I get to play with it, LOL!)

    • I recently ordered a microplane and I can’t wait to play with it. I bet it will produce a nicer zest than my box grater. :)

  10. This is so smart!! I shall not shy away from lots of limes now :)

  11. Great idea! I use a ton of limes and lemons throughout the year, freezing would be great for in the winter when the fruit is less than stellar. New follower from the weekend roundup hop, have a great week! You can find me at

  12. Great idea! I use a ton of limes and lemons throughout the year and this would be perfect for in the winter when the fruit is less than stellar. New follower from the weekend roundup hop, have a great week!

  13. This is a great idea for when you buy reduced citrus and you don’t have time to use them all up! Will have to remember this.

  14. Can you freeze the zest separately? Do you rec. using a little lime juice (just a little) or water?

  15. Yikes! I just paid .75 EACH for (organic) lemons today. I’ll definitely be watching for sales and doing this.

  16. Hilary Sanderson says:

    This is a great idea! I do something similar with parsley: finely chopped, little bit of water, freeze, then drop cube into stew or whatever you’re making.

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