How Long Do Lemons Last?


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1 week
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3-4 weeks
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3-4 months


Shelf Life Tips

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

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