How to make your limes and lemons last...
I love to cook and make beverages with limes and lemons. But I never seem to use them before they turn into hard skinned golf balls. (Colorado is very dry.) It breaks my heart to toss food away.
I want to keep it fresh and usable, but was never able to until……
I discovered an old trick. Put your lemons (and I surmised limes would work, too) in a container of water and store them in your refrigerator. The theory is that the water in the container will keep the skins and fruit hydrated and they will last longer. Like 3 weeks or more!
Since I have attempted plenty of Pinterest ideas that were complete failures. I always test the ideas before I pass on to you.
Verdict: It works like a charm! I haven’t gone to the 3 week mark yet, but I have certainly surpassed the previous lifespan of my limes and my lemons (either on the counter or in the refrigerator without water). I am pleased to share this tip with you all.
Are there other ways to store lemons and limes for longevity? I have read that you can store them in a plastic bag, sealed without water, in your refrigerator and they will last a month. But, I haven't tried this tip yet, so I cannot vouch for it. It did come from Cooks Illustrated and I would consider them a worthy source of kitchen tips. I will have to test and see. Maybe a side by side comparison of the two methods? Sounds like I need to get my science hat on. I smell a lovely citrus experiment in the works!!