Shelf Life Tips
- How long does opened lemon juice last? The precise answer to the question depends to a large extent on storage conditions – keep opened bottles of lemon juice refrigerated and tightly closed.
How long does opened lemon juice last in the fridge? Properly stored, opened lemon juice that has been sold unrefrigerated and contains preservatives will generally stay at best quality for about 12 to 18 months when stored in the refrigerator, although it will usually remain safe to use after that.
Is lemon juice safe to use after the "expiration" date on the bottle? Yes, provided it is properly stored and the bottle is undamaged - commercially packaged lemon juice will typically carry a " Best By," "Best if Used By," "Best Before", or "Best When Used By" date but this is not a safety date, it is the manufacturer's estimate of how long the lemon juice will remain at peak quality.
Storage times shown are for best quality only - after that, the lemon juice's color or flavor may change, but in most cases, it will still be safe to consume if it has been stored properly, the bottle is not damaged and there are no signs of spoilage (see below).
How can you tell if lemon juice is bad? If lemon juice develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, it should be discarded.
Discard all lemon juice from bottles that are leaking, bulging or severely dented.
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