Today, it’s all about the best way to keep lemons and limes. Have you purchased lemons and limes and they look plump and perfect at the grocery store?
You bring them home and slice some to put in your glass of ice water? Or maybe in your cup of freshly brewed tea?
Where I live the cheapest place to buy lemons and limes is at Costco. I bet you can picture placing the citrus bags in your shopping basket, thinking of all the things you will do with these beautiful fruits.
Cold or hot drinks, drizzle some lemon on fish, squeeze some lime juice on those Mexican dishes, there are just so many uses for the juice from these two fruits.
Oh, the glorious fruit, maybe some zest here and there. The list is never-ending. Then, two weeks later you realize you still have ten lemons and limes in the refrigerator.
Are they still good? Are they still flavorful and juicy? All you need are colanders and jars to make sure they stay the way you want!
Here’s the deal, we forget the stuff we buy sometimes, unless it’s chocolate, in my case. I never forget the chocolate.
It’s frustrating, to say the least when we have all these lemons and limes and then one day you realize there has to be a better way to store them, right?
Grocery shopping is not my favorite thing to do, ever, but I love some lemons and limes when I need them. I remember my mother keeping her small citrus in jars covered with water. How did I forget this trick?
The Best Way To Keep Lemons and Limes
What size jars can I use?
I tried using wide-mouth quart jars, but they weren’t quite big enough. To be honest, I vaguely remember my mom having jars that had those big dill pickles in them.
The jar was not too big and not too small, it was just the right size. So I went to Amazon and found the perfect jars.
They are reasonable in cost and I will have lemons and limes for a couple of months using these. These are the ones I purchased, Anchor Hocking 2-Quart Cracker Jar
How To Store Lemons and Limes
When you bring the fruit home, take the stickers off, if there are any on them. Now, you can put just lemons in jars or just limes. You can also put both lemons and limes in a jar together. Whatever works for you.
Wash the fruit after removing any stickers, if they have some attached. These are organic lemons, but I still like to rinse them with water. Here are the lemons.
Now, wash the limes if you purchased some as well. Remove the stickers, if any are attached. These are organic limes but I still like to rinse them with water.
After putting the fruit in the jars of your choice, completely cover the fruit with water to keep it fresh. I used my reverse osmosis water to be sure the water was pure and clean without a lot of chemicals.
I tried to put some in a quart jar, but I think my lemons and limes are so fresh they are too plump, and very few fit inside a wide-mouth mason jar. But if you only buy two or three lemons and limes at a time that would work fine.
Refrigerate after the jars are filled
I store these JARS in the refrigerator for 2-3 months. I use the lemons and limes as needed.
Can I freeze Lemons?
Yes, you can, you can quarter the lemons or slice them and spread them out on parchment-lined cookie sheets. When frozen, place the frozen pieces in freezer bags for up to 3-4 months.
Can I freeze the juice from lemons or limes?
Yes, you can. Squeeze the fruit, remove the seeds, and use an ice cube tray to freeze the liquid. Pop them out after they are totally frozen and place them in freezer bags. I use these Silicone Trays.
Can I freeze the zest?
Yes, you can, use your Microplane or Fruit Zester and store it in ice cube trays. When frozen place the sections in freezer bags.
What’s the difference between lemons and limes?
We quote, Healthline, “Limes are small, round, and green, while lemons are usually larger, oval-shaped, and bright yellow. Nutritionally, they’re almost identical and share many of the same potential health benefits.
Both fruits are acidic and sour, but lemons tend to be sweeter, while limes have a more bitter flavor.”
Can I put the lemons and limes in a bowl of water in the refrigerator?
Yes, you can use a large bowl and cover them with water. My only concern is the water and the fruit picking up the flavors from other food items in the refrigerator. I’ve never tried this approach, so it may work great. Give it a try and see what happens.
How can I use lemons and limes?
- They add a dash of flavor to just about anything.
- Helps keep wrinkles away.
- They help your body’s cells do what they need to do.
- Great antioxidents.
- They help your baby in the womb (folic acid).
- Helps kill nasty bugs on fresh produce with a little vinegar.
- Lowers blood pressure (consult your doctor first).
- May keep you from getting free radicals.
- They may help keep the fats and sugars in your blood at healthy levels.
- May help reduce the effects of Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s.
- Use lemons in warm water with honey and green tea when you have a cold.
- Garlic and lemon juice may help lower your cholesterol.
Can I dehydrate lemons?
Mark and I have dehydrated lemons but not limes, yet. They are really easy to do: wash, slice, remove seeds, and place the slices on the dehydrator racks. In case you missed this post, Dehydrating Lemons And Make Lemon Powder
In case you missed this post, Lemons: Everything You Need to Know
Are There Very Varieties of Lemons and Limes?
There are dozens of different varieties of both lemons and limes. Many are found in different countries throughout the world, and many have some strange colors, shapes, and tastes. If you want to learn about any of these, you can find most of them discussed on the Internet.
- Pink Variegated
- Buddha’s Hand
- Greek Citron
- Bonnie Brae
- Santa Teresa
- Yen Ben
- Australian Desert
- Omani Dried
- Mary Ellen
- Millsweet Limetta
I hope you enjoyed today’s post about the best way to keep lemons and limes as fresh as possible. It’s all about cooking from scratch and teaching our kids and grandkids how to preserve food one way or another. Stay safe, stay well, and keep prepping, we must. May God Bless this world, Linda