How to Store Lemons Long-Term

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Lemons, their juices and their rinds are a frequent part of cooking. Storing them long-term will allow you to keep this pantry staple available. Although the fresh lemon may not last more than two weeks, preserve parts of the lemon to last for two months.

Things You'll Need

  • Lemons
  • Knife
  • Toothpick
  • Ice tray
  • Plastic zip bags
  • Lemon zester
  • Place lemons in the fridge to keep them as fresh as possible for up to two weeks.

  • Prick the lemon with a toothpick to remove juices when the two weeks has ended. Once the lemon has been pricked, gently roll the lemon over a cup to catch the juice.

  • Place the juice inside an ice tray then in the freezer. Once frozen, place the juice cubes inside a plastic zipper bag and leave in the freezer.

  • Slice the lemon during the first two weeks and keep the end of the lemon over the unused parts to keep them fresh longer.

  • Zest the outside of a lemon, and place the zest in a plastic zipper bag. Place the bag in the freezer for up to two months.

References

  • "Better Homes and Gardens Books"; Jennifer Dorland Darling; 2004
  • "On Food and Cooking"; Harold McGee; 2004
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