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How to freeze citrus

Follow these simple freezer tips to save money.

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Those bags of beautiful navel oranges look wonderful in the grocery store, but be honest; you don't always eat every one. Especially for smaller households, large amounts of any produce can lead to food waste. One solution might be to buy less per trip to the grocer. But learning how to get the most out of your freezer is another helpful hack. That's what we're talking about today.

Tips for storing citrus

A bowl of lemons looks so pretty on your kitchen counter and the fragrance can be enticing. But remember that citrus fruits kept at room temperature will be good for about a week. After that, it's best to move them into the refrigerator where they will last for three to four weeks. I like to use washable and reusable mesh bags inside my refrigerator for most fruits and vegetables. The key is to lock out moisture and allow for cold air to circulate.

Tips to freeze citrus

Oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruits can be frozen whole or sliced, according to the folks at Stop Food Waste. Be sure fruit is washed and dry before freezing. Whole citrus can be simply placed in a freezer bag. It's so easy to zest a frozen orange! Thaw whole citrus fruits in cold water for 15 minutes or zap in the microwave for just a few seconds. These fruits are perfect now for juicing.

Wedges or slices of citrus should be frozen flat first on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Once frozen, place the wedges or slices in a freezer bag and use in your recipes or add to drinks.

By adopting these simple tips in your kitchen, you'll never toss a shriveled orange again!

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Three Women in the Kitchen is an award-winning food blog offering today’s home cooks comforting, hearty recipes with a personal touch. The website also pays tribute to Deborah’s mother, Katie Reinhardt, and paternal grandmother, Dorothy Reinhardt (the “three women” in the kitchen). Whether you’re an experienced or a novice cook, you’ll find inspiration here to feed your families and warm your heart. Subscribe today so you won’t miss a single delicious detail.

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