You’re probably storing them wrong.

By Corey Williams
April 22, 2020
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These days, when life gives you lemons, you really should keep them fresh for as long as possible. Here’s how to extend your lemons lifespan by at least a few weeks. 

How Long Do Lemons Last? 

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How long lemons last depends on how they’re stored. At room temperature, they stay good for about a week. 

In the fridge, however, their life is lengthened by two to three weeks. That means you can keep store-bought lemons fresh for about one month.

How to Store Lemons

The best way to store lemons is in an airtight container in the fridge. 

We know, we know—lemons look absolutely gorgeous displayed in a bowl on your countertop. Unfortunately, though, that’s kind of the worst place to store them. 

Instead of allowing them to spoil quickly at room temperature, pop ‘em in a Ziploc bag and stick them in the refrigerator. While it may take a toll on your spring kitchen aesthetic, it’ll keep them juicy and usable for a whole month. 

How to Store Cut Lemons

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What if you’ve already cut the lemon in half or into slices or wedges? 

Obviously, it’s even more important to keep cut lemons in the fridge. To maximize their freshness, wrap the cut lemon in plastic wrap or beeswax and then wrap them again in aluminum foil. 

If you frequently need lemon halves or wedges on hand (for cooking, baking, or flavoring your tea), you might want to purchase a cheap lemon-saving device that’ll make this process easier and more sustainable. 

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Stored correctly, cut lemons should last at least four days. 

Can You Freeze Whole Lemons?

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Yes, you can! In fact, many people find frozen lemons easier to zest. 

To freeze whole lemons: 

  1. Place lemons in a freezer-safe bag. 
  2. Remove as much air as possible before sealing.
  3. Store in the freezer for three to four months. 

To thaw, just let them sit in cold water for about 15 minutes OR zap them in the microwave for a few seconds.