Jumping on the Lemon Water Bandwagon

Warm Lemon Water
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I have been reading everywhere – and often – about how happy people are that they’ve started each day drinking warm water with lemon. It’s supposed to be good for digestion, alertness, preventing illness, great skin, and even losing weight. Because I am super lazy, I decided that doing this every day – with the goal of having the lemon water twice a day – I would need to plan ahead and have a workable strategy. So far, this is working.

I bought a big bag of lemons from Costco. Because I consume so many fruits and vegetables, Costco is my first stop for a lot of them. While I was making dinner and had time while things simmered, I got out a cookie sheet, some parchment paper, and started cutting 3 lemons into nice slices. I placed them on the parchment paper on the cookie sheet in a single row and placed them in the freezer overnight.

I saved the ends of the lemon because those are still great for cleaning.

You put the slices into a freezer bag and keep in the freezer after they’ve frozen. You’ll notice that the membranes of the lemon are swollen up, which makes them very weak and lets them release the lemon juice very easily.

To make the lemon water, I use my electric kettle. While it is heating up the water, I put a dash of cayenne pepper into the mug. I add the boiling water once it’s ready, and then carefully place the frozen lemon slice into the water. It releases all that great lemon juice while also cooling the water enough to be able to drink right away.

Easy. The way it should be. Bonus is that the frozen lemon slices can be used in place of ice in lemonade and other drinks so you add flavor instead of subtract it. One bag of lemons from Costco frozen this way lasts me about a month.

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