Can I freeze limes

In this brief guide, we will address the query, “can I freeze limes?” We will also discuss what is the best way to preserve limes and what other options you have when it comes to preserving this ingredient.

Can I freeze limes?

Yes, you can freeze limes. Freezing limes will allow you to enjoy their flavor and properties for up to a whole year! 

Also, you can choose between freezing this fruit in different forms: whole, in slices, as zest, or only their juice, it is up to you!

Limes are delicious fruits that tend to go bad quickly, so, naturally, we are always looking for ways to preserve them for longer. 

Although freezing enlarges the shelf life of this ingredient, there is a right way to do it, keep reading to find it out.

How to freeze limes?

Freezing limes will let you enlarge the shelf life of this ingredient while keeping most of their properties untouched when stored properly. Also, there is no risk when it comes to messing up their texture, so do not worry about it!

Although they can last for up to 12 months, it is recommended to consume them within 3 to 4 months to ensure all of the best features of limes. However, if you keep limes frozen at 0°F, they will last indefinitely.

You can choose to freeze your limes in 4 different ways:

  • Whole limes. This is the easiest way to do it, you only need to place the limes in a freezer bag, squeeze out all the air you can, seal it, and you are ready to go! Freezing whole limes will preserve them for about 3 to 6 months. To defrost them, leave them in the freezer bag in the fridge overnight.
  • Limes slices. This way will let you save some space in the freezer. You only need to cut your slices, remove the white pith, and then place all of the slices on baking paper in the freezer for a couple of hours. Once frozen, move them to a freezer bag.
  • Lime juice. If you are interested in the juice, this is the way to do so. Choose the container, clean it and dry it. Pour the juice into the container and let it freeze. You can also freeze ice cubes, it is up to you!
  • Lime zest. First, you need to zest your limes however you want, strands will not freeze well. Then, transfer the zest into a freeze-appropriate container and let it freeze. 

Can you keep limes in the fridge?

Yes, you can keep your limes in the fridge without any trouble! Freezing is not the only choice when it comes to preserving limes. Refrigerating your limes can also be helpful, but they will not last as much as frozen ones.

Once again, you can choose to refrigerate them whole, in slices, or only freeze the lime juice, whatever you want!  When refrigerated, they can last for up to a month whole, 7 days sliced, and 4 days when juiced.

How to refrigerate limes?

Let’s review the ways to freeze limes one by one. Let’s start with refrigerating whole limes, the easiest option. You only need to place your limes inside an airtight container or freezer bag and place it into the crisper drawer. That is it! Pretty easy, right? 

If you want to refrigerate cut limes, whether you prefer in halves or slices, you need to first cut them, of course. Then, transfer all of the portions into an airtight container, you can choose to wrap them individually with plastic wrap to prevent losing their moisture.

Finally, you can also choose to refrigerate only the lime juice. Once you have juiced your limes, you need to transfer the juice into a clean airtight container and place it in the fridge. Try to consume it within 4 days, before it starts losing its flavor.

Can you leave limes at room temperature?

Yes, if you plan to consume all of your lines within a week, you can leave them unrefrigerated without any problem. Leaving limes unrefrigerated only requires placing them in a cool, dry, and dark place.

If limes are exposed to humidity, heat, or direct sunlight, they can spoil quickly. So, make sure you find them the best place.

How long do limes last?

As we have discussed throughout the guide, the shelf life of this fruit will depend on the way you choose to store them. At room temperature limes can last about one week. If you choose to store them at cold temperatures the shelf life will change.

Check the chart below to find more information

Shelf life of limes
TypeIn the pantryIn the freezer
Whole limes7 days3 to 4 months
Cut limes5 to 7 days3 to 4 months
Lime juice4 days3 to 4 months
Lime zest4 days3 to 4 months


In this brief guide, we have addressed the query, “can I freeze limes?” We have also discussed other queries related to the subject at hand. 

Hope you found this blog useful. If you have any questions, please let us know.


Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.