The Best Way to Store Lemons {so they stay fresh longer}

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Lemons are so often displayed on kitchen counter tops as a bright pop of color that it would be easy to assume that this was the proper way to store them. 

As anyone who has done this probably knows, lemons left at room temperature will become hard and shriveled in about a week. 

So what's the best way to prolong the life of a lemon you don't intend to use right away? 

It turns out that storing lemons in the refrigerator extends their life significantly.

In fact. American's Test Kitchen ran some tests and determined that lemons stored in plastic bags in the refrigerator last up to four weeks before showing signs of dehydration.

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Since I prefer to avoid plastic whenever possible, I love this tip from The Happier Homemaker. 

Store lemons (or limes) in a mason jar filled with water. Not only will your citrus last longer, but it looks great in the fridge.

These Ball wide-mouth jars are the perfect size for storing either lemons or limes.

So, as tempting as it may be to display a bowl of lemons, the best way to store lemons you don't intend to use immediately, is in a plastic bag or jar in the refrigerator.

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