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FOOD STORAGE — HOW LONG CAN YOU KEEP...

LIMES — FRESH, RAW, WHOLE

Pantry Refrigerator
Blue Arrow Green Arrow 1 week
RefrigeratorRefrigerator
Blue Arrow Blue Arrow 3-4 weeks
Freezer Freezer
Blue Arrow Blue Arrow 3-4 months
Tips
  • How long do limes last? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions — after purchasing, keep limes in a cool, dry area.
  • How long do limes last at room temperature? Limes will generally keep well at room temperature for about one week; longer storage at room temperature can cause the limes to shrivel and lose flavor.
  • To extend the shelf life of limes, refrigerate in a plastic bag.
  • How long do limes last in the refrigerator? Properly stored, limes will usually keep well for about 3 to 4 weeks in the fridge.
  • Can you freeze whole limes? Yes: Whole limes may be frozen "as is" in plastic bags; they will be mushy when thawed, but can be used for juice.
  • Defrost frozen limes in the microwave for a few seconds (or submerge in cold water for about 15 minutes).
  • How long do whole limes last in the freezer? Properly stored, they will maintain best quality for about 3 to 4 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only — limes that have been kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How to tell if limes are bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the limes: discard any limes if mold appears or if the limes have an off smell or appearance.

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