Shelf Life of
Lemons

How Long Do Lemons Last?

How Long Do Lemons Last?

Shelf Life of Lemons

How long do lemons last? The shelf life of lemons depends on a variety of factors, since there is not usually a sell by date, so the only date you can go by is the purchased date or picked date. Because of their relatively low cost, long Shelf Life, and extremely high concentration of vitamin C lemons are a tangy addition to many foods and drinks.

So, how long do lemons last? When properly stored, the shelf life of fresh lemons past their sell by date is approximately …

Counter Refrigerator
Fresh Lemons last for 2-4 Weeks 1-2 Months
Cut Lemons last for Same Day 2-3 Days
Lemon Juice (re-sealable bottle) last for 4-6 Months
Fresh Squeezed Lemonade lasts for Same Day 1 Week
Processed Lemonade (Unopened) lasts for 2 Weeks
Processed Lemonade (Opened) lasts for 1 Week




Of course, all foods last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. But remember, lemons, like a lot of other fresh fruits, usually do not have a use by date or best before date so you will have to use the date purchased. Sometimes when lemons are purchased in a package it is labeled with the date the lemons were packed into the container. This date can be used to calculate the eat by date.

How to tell if lemons are bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your lemons have gone bad beyond the shelf life.
Some common traits of bad lemons are a soft texture and some discoloration. The soft spot is moist and will develop mold, usually white in color at first. There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled food, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your lemons prior to their eat by date.

How to store lemons and extend their shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food.
You can help lemons keep fresh longer by storing them in your refrigerator drawer.
If lemons were purchased in a plastic bag, remove them from the bag which could have trapped moisture which will cause the lemons to soften and spoil.
Once lemons are prepared, lemons should be stored in a tightly closed container to keep out moisture and other contaminants.
Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

What to do if you have too many lemons about to go bad?

I’ve always been a firm believer that if life hands you lemons, make lemonade!

Interesting Lemon Facts – are there other uses for lemons?

  • They can also help a sore throat – squeeze one lemon, mix in an equal amount of warm water and gargle.
  • If you need zest, read our FAQ titled “what is lemon zest”.

  • How long are lemons good for when prepared in a dish?

    How long do lemons last? That depends. How long do bakery products last? In general, lemons last only as long as the quickest expiring ingredient in the dish. To find out how long those other ingredients are good for, please visit the Dairy, Drinks, Fruits, Grains, Proteins, Vegetables and Other sections of Eat By Date or search below!

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    What are our shelf life resources?

    Our how long do lemons last content incorporates research from multiple resources, including the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Food & Drug Administration. In addition, we scoured the web for informative articles and reports related to food safety, food storage and the shelf life of lemons.

    *An important note about expiration dates …

    Although the lemon shelf life information on Eat By Date is generally reliable, please remember that individual cases will vary and that our advice should only be taken as an opinion and not replace your health care provider. So, how long will food last? Let’s find out!