How should you store lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruits and other citrus fruits?
Since fruits typically keep better in the fridge, many people toss a lemon, lime, orange or grapefruit into the produce bin as soon as they bring it home.
But that’s not the best way to store your citrus.
Citrus is warm weather fruit. In the cold, the juices and the peel both dry up.
It won’t happen in a day or two, but it can happen if you store them for two or three weeks.
For maximum juiciness and flavor, keep that lemon, lime, orange or other citrus at room temperature for up to a week.
They look great in baskets on the counter or the dining table.
If we haven’t used a lemon or lime by then (rare in our kitchen!), we quarter or halve the fruit and freeze the pieces in bags.
Then, when we need some juice—whether for a quick cup of tea or a recipe—we microwave a frozen wedge for 10 seconds. The juice tastes fresh as new.
If we’ve used half a lemon, lime or orange, we’ll keep the other on the counter overnight. It will be just fine the next day.
We keep our citrus in basket on the kitchen counter. When we get a lot of it—a gift carton of grapefruit, for example—we pile the fruit in a basket or bowl that doubles as a centerpiece on the kitchen or dining room table.
There’s a related reason not to refrigerate citrus: There’s less juice when you squeeze or eat cold citrus.
Which brings us to more citrus tips:
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