How to store lemons so they get a long life

Storing lemons properly can help extend their shelf life and keep them fresh for longer and therefore we will be able to use a fresh lemon every time we need. Here are some tips by my granny on how to store lemons:

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  1. Room Temperature: Lemons can be stored at room temperature for up to a week. However, they will last longer if stored in the refrigerator.
  2. Refrigerator: The best way to store lemons for an extended period is in the refrigerator. Place them in a plastic or mesh produce bag or in the vegetable crisper drawer. This helps to maintain a consistent, cool temperature and prevents moisture loss.
  3. Keep Them Dry: Moisture can cause lemons to deteriorate quickly. Make sure your lemons are dry before storing them. If they’re wet, you can pat them dry with a paper towel.
  4. Store Whole Lemons: It’s best to store lemons whole rather than cutting them into pieces. Cut lemons tend to dry out more quickly.
  5. Use a Sealable Plastic Bag: If you don’t have a produce bag, you can place the lemons in a sealable plastic bag with some air holes to allow for air circulation. This will help prevent excess moisture buildup inside the bag.
  6. Avoid Direct Sunlight: Keep lemons away from direct sunlight, as it can cause them to dry out and spoil more quickly.
  7. Check for Spoilage: Periodically inspect your stored lemons for any signs of spoilage, such as mold or soft spots. Remove any spoiled lemons to prevent them from affecting the others.
  8. Store Away from Strong Odors: Lemons can absorb odors from other foods, so it’s best to store them away from strong-smelling items like onions or garlic.
  9. Freezing Lemons: If you have an abundance of lemons and can’t use them all before they start to spoil, consider freezing them. You can freeze lemon slices or juice in an airtight container or ice cube trays. Frozen lemon juice is particularly useful for adding to recipes or beverages.
  10. Zest Before Squeezing: If you plan to use the zest of a lemon in a recipe, consider zesting it before squeezing out the juice. You can freeze the zest for later use.
  11. Oiling lemons: take some cooking oil and rub the oil on your dry and fresh lemons oiling can make your lemons to live longer.

By following these tips, you can keep your lemons fresh and ready for use in recipes, beverages, or as a zesty addition to your dishes. Simple, as it sounds!

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