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Freezing citrus


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#1 TeakettleSlim

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 11:25 AM

The meyer lemon tree in my backyard is laden with fruit...around 40 of them. Was really looking forward to having my way with them over the next few weeks. But there was a hard freeze, and my marmalade dreams are fading. What do you think, can I stick them in the freezer whole and thaw/ prep for marmalade later?

#2 andiesenji

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:00 PM

Yes. Freeze them immediately. Otherwise pick them all, peel them and blanch them in two changes of water squeeze them as dry as possible and freeze the peels.
Process the pulp for juice, strain and freeze that for later use.
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#3 TeakettleSlim

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:19 PM

Thank you, Andie! I thought it sounded like it should be doable, just wasn't sure of the particulars.