No one wants to waste the fresh lemons they just brought home from the store. Let’s be honest, though, they can go bad quickly. According to a recent viral video, though, there’s a hack for keeping them fresh.
TikTok content creator Amanda Rocchio posted a video explaining that you can actually keep lemons fresh for months by storing them correctly in the fridge.
Rocchio beings the video by explaining that she previously stored her lemons in a fruit bowl on her kitchen countertop. When you do this, lemons can typically last for about a week before going bad. To extend their life, though, she says to place lemons in an airtight container, fill it with water, and then place it in the fridge. When you use this method, Rocchio says they’ll stay fresh for up to three months.
The water is the reason this hack works. As lemons sit out on the countertop, moisture escapes through the rind depleting the juices inside and causing them to rot. By keeping moisture levels high, that never happens, and the lemons can keep on kicking.
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If you don’t have a spare airtight container (though we’ve got some suggestions for you if you need some), you can also use a freezer bag. Place the lemons inside it, eliminate the air inside, and place it in the fridge. This method won’t work for three months, but it will keep lemons fresh for up to six weeks which is still an impressive improvement to countertop storage.
Lemons aren’t the only produce item that responds well to being stored in water. This lettuce hack uses a similar method.
The next time you want a dash of lemon in your tea or added to your seafood, remember to store them properly.