How long do lemons last? Discover the sour truth about lemon longevity. This post spills the juice on how long yellow citrus can really last, from fridge to freezer and everything in between.
The shelf life can vary depending on several factors such as storage conditions and freshness at the time of purchase.
Lemons will last anywhere from a few days to six to 8 weeks depending on how and where you store them.
How Long Do Lemons Last in the Fridge?
Store them in a freezer bag or in the plastic bag they were packaged in and put them in your refrigerator.
Lemons will last in your refrigerator for at least four weeks. However, I can usually get six weeks of life before they lose quality.
If you toss the the fruit loose and free in your crisper, sans bag, you’ll get about four weeks.
However, it's important to note that lemons can dry out over time, especially if stored at room temperature, and their quality may degrade as they age.
Store citrus in a plastic bag or airtight container in the vegetable crisper of your refrigerator to maximize shelf life.
What's the Ideal Temperature for Storing Lemon?
The ideal temperature for storing lemons is between 45 to 50°F or 7 to 10°C. This temperature range is cool enough to slow down the ripening process and prevent the the yellow fruit from drying out or spoiling quickly.
It's important to note that storing in colder temperatures (below 7°C/45°F) can cause them to develop a thick rind and lose some of their juicy flavor.
However, storing citrus fruits at room temperature (above 20°C/68°F) can cause them to ripen too quickly and spoil faster.
So that's why storing citrus in the refrigerator, preferably in a plastic bag or airtight container, is ideal to prevent them from drying out.
How Long Do Lemons Last in Water?
Lemon water is one of my favorite drinks and it gives a boost of Vitamin C. However, it doesn’t last indefinitely.
Typically lemon water will last for two to three days if kept in a covered pitcher or mason jar with lid in the fridge.
But, lemon water can get cloudy or bitter after a couple days.
Prepare lemon water fresh for best taste and quality. It takes just a second to quarter one and plop it into water.
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Store them in a freezer, wrapped in freezer safe container or bag, for up to six months. If you're going to do this, it's better to zest the lemons and freeze the zest and then juice the lemons and freeze the juice.