Frozen Fresh-Squeezed Lemon Juice
We have a neighbor that brings us TONS of fresh lemons each year. We usually squeeze all of them (what doesn't end up in pies) & freeze it in ice cube trays. After they are frozen, we pop them out & store them in gallon baggies to use all through the year.
My question...does this frozen method have the same benefits since it is actually real lemon juice?
WBH response: You are very lucky to get those fresh lemons!
In general, fresh, frozen fruits and vegetables are the next best thing to fresh, whole produce.
Fresh frozen will preserve most of the nutrients in the lemons, such as citric acid, potassium, calcium, phosphorous and magnesium.
However, some of the most beneficial components of any type of fresh produce are the live enzymes and biophotons (measurable sun light energy) that are contained in the fruits and vegetables.
It would take a food scientist to evaluate lemon juice before and after freezing to actually determine how much of its enzymatic properties are lost in the process. I have not come across that research yet.
However, we do know that for all fruits and vegetables, some enzymes will be lost when they are cut open, exposed to air, and then frozen.
In addition, one of the key benefits of lemons for digestion and elimination is its unique atomic structure, which closely resembles hydrochloric acid in the body. I am not sure if freezing lemons changes that structure or not.
So I believe you will not experience all of the benefits of fresh squeezed lemon juice, but you will certainly get some of the benefits.
You might also be interested in reading my comments about the Benefits of Cut Lemons
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