March 18, 2021
Lemons and limes have endless uses, not just for eating or flavoring! People store lemons and limes in a few different kind of ways. I have the perfect lemon and lime storage hack that will help keep your lemons fresh and wrinkle-free! Let me show you how to store lemon and lime for 3 months!!!
Buying the Perfect Lemon/Lime
Lemons and limes are definitely a kitchen grocery staple. They are used for so many different delicious dishes and so much more. So, buying the perfect lemons and limes is important because it affects flavor and longevity.
What to look for when buying lemons or limes
- should have no bruising
- shouldn’t be spongy or very soft
- no moldy areas
- no bumpy or wrinkly skin
- larger lemons or limes are usually sweeter
- look for ones with thinner skin since they are juicier and should be smooth
- it should be a little firm but give a little when you press it; not rock-hard
- should be a little heavy for their size
Best Way To Store Lemons and Lime
There is more than one way to store lemons and limes. I’m going to give you an idea of the most popular, beginning with my own way of storing lemon and lime for 3 monhts! But before I delve into the details of how to store lemons and limes for 3 months, let’s talk a little about cleaning them. Before storage, you should ensure that you’ve appropriately cleaned them. Lots of citrus fruits have a layer of wax on the outside, either naturally or sprayed on.
You should wash your hands with soap and warm water before handling lemons or limes. You can wash them in two ways. First, you can put them into a bowl with a drop of dishwashing soap and fill the bowl half way with water. Then, you start scrubbing them with a fruit brush one by one and put them under running water. Finally, you can put them in a strainer to dry or dry them with a hand towel. The second way is simply to soak them in water and vinegar for a few minutes and then scrub them with your hands under cool running water one by one. One process is a little longer and maybe a bit more tedious while one is simple and quick. Your choice!
How To Store Lemons
Lemon Storage: I store my lemons and limes in a bowl submerged in water in my fridge! It’s the perfect way to store lemons because it ensures they stay wrinkle-free and fresher. They can last up to three months stored this way in your fridge. A lot longer than other lemon and lime storage hacks!
This is a great way since most storage methods ask that you don’t pile lemons on top of each other to avoid bruising or squishing. In water, they basically float around or at least don’t have their weight bearing down on each other even if they were touching.
The water in the bowl also helps in replenishing the moisture that gets lost over time from the lemons. When lemons lose moisture they start to mold or rot. So, not only does it preserve them but it helps keep them juicy!
Other Lemon and Lime Storage Methods
- Devote a compartment or drawer just for lemons and store by placing them next to each other. If it’s not in the fridge, make sure it’s an airy space. Lasts about 7 to 10 days.
- Store in an airtight container or closed plastic bag in room temperature with the air sucked out. You can remove air from the plastic bag by placing a straw in the side of the bag and sucking out the air before closing. Lasts nearly a month.
- You can seal them the same way as mentioned above and place in your fridge but they won’t last as long! In an airtight container or plastic bag in the fridge, they would last about two weeks.
Uses for Lemons and Limes outside of cooking
Now that you know my secret for storing lemon and lime for 3 months, you can buy a little extra lemons and keep them stored for their oh so many uses! Sure we love the zest of citrus in many different dishes we eat, but lemons are much more versatile than just for flavoring foods.
Use lemon and limes to:
- wash your hands to remove grease or oil or to kill bacteria
- scrub greasy pots and pans to get them clean and shiny again
- cut them up and put them with water in a bowl and microwave; use the lemon water to clean walls or countertops
- use lemon juice on the stains of white linens and let them dry in the sun for a bleach-type affect
- add lemon juice to vinegar to make a cleaning spray used to clean nearly anything, especially as a glass cleaner
How Long Does Lemon Last
Lemons should last about a week if you store them on the counter top and a few days longer in the pastry! If you transfer them to the refrigerator, you can expect them to last about 3-4 weeks. Now, if you take the extra step and seal the lemons tightly, they can last for about 5 weeks.
Some Enjoyable Recipes using Lemons or Limes
- Roasted Eggplant Salad
- Vegetarian Grape Leaves
- Easy Lebanese Spinach Pies
- Mloukhieh with Chicken
- Easy Creamy Hummus with Tahini