How long do limes last in the fridge?

In this article, we will answer the question “How long do limes last in the fridge?”, and how to store limes?

How long do limes last in the fridge?

This article also includes a brief guide on how to dehydrate limes. Read on if you want to know how to identify bad limes. 

The following table shows an estimated shelf-life of limes under refrigeration and on the counter.

Counter Refrigerator 
Fresh lime 2-4 weeks 1-2 months 
Cut lime Same day 2-3 days 
Lime Juice (re-sealable bottle (Unopened)6 months past date 
Lime Juice (re-sealable bottle (opened)6 months from opening, regardless of the printed date
Processed Limeade (Unopened)2 weeks past the printed date 
Processed Limeade (opened)1-2 Weeks from opening, regardless of the date

How long do frozen limes last?

Limes have an indefinite shelf-life in the freezer if they are kept at a steady temperature of 0℉. However, frozen limes are best consumed within 4-6 months of storage. Freezing is a great way to prolong the shelf-life of limes.

Can you freeze whole limes?

Freezing whole limes is not recommended especially if you need the limes for making drinks or for decoration. Freezing changes the texture of the limes and makes them mushy. You can either use whole frozen limes for baking or for zesting. 

Before freezing whole limes, scrub them to remove the outer waxy layer. Then dry them thoroughly using some paper towels. Toss the washed and dried limes into a feeze-safe plastic bag. Label and pop it in the freezer.

How to defrost limes?

You can let the frozen limes thaw overnight in the fridge. If you are in a hurry, you can adopt some other quick-thawing methods. 

For one, you can microwave the limes in increments of 10 seconds, carefully so that the limes do not get overcooked. Alternatively, you can keep the limes under warm running water for a minute or two. 

Why should you dry limes?

Drying the limes is a great way to preserve the citrusy essence of limes. Fresh limes won’t stay juicy for long. 

To prevent them from rotting, drying is your best bet. Drying of the lemons under the sun is dated centuries back. Dried limes can be used whole in soups and stew or cut into wheels or made into a powder.

Dried limes have a slight undertone of bitter flavor. However, they are overall very tangy with earthly and smoky notes of flavor. 

Dried limes are used as a seasoning as well as stuffing. Dry lime tea is known for its medicinal properties. It is used to solve digestive problems. Dry lime also finds its uses for cocktail garnish. 

How to dehydrate limes?

It is best if you have a dehydrator for this purpose. If you don’t, do not fret, you can get the same results using an oven as well. Follow the steps below to successfully dehydrate limes.

  1. Thoroughly wash the limes. Dry them using paper towels.
  1. Cut the dried limes into ¼ inch thick wheels.
  1. Preheat the oven to 200℉ for 15-20 minutes.
  1. Line a cooling rack with parchment paper and spread the lime wheels on one layer over it. 
  1. Heat the limes in the oven for 3-4 hours. 
  1. Keep checking the limes in between to prevent them from burning. Transfer the dried limes to an air-tight container and store them in a cool, dry, and dark place such as the pantry. 

How to store the limes to extend their shelf-life?

Wash the limes before storing them. To prevent them from drying, keep them stored in the vegetable drawer of your fridge. Inspect the limes for signs of spoilage in between storage and remove any spoiled or mushy limes. This will prevent the spoilage from spreading.

How to tell if the limes are bad?

Bruised skin: Bruises accelerate the spoilage process. If the bruise is not severe, use the lime as soon as possible. In any case, do not store the bruised limes with the rest of the limes.

Dried and wrinkled texture: Limes tend to dry out with time. Dried limes will feel weightless if you hold them. The wrinkly skinned and the rough textured limes won’t remain juicy.

Bad odor: If the limes give off a bitterly acidic smell, they are done for. This usually happens with cut limes.

Mold growth: If you notice white spots or patches over the surface of limes, they have spoiled. This is often accompanied by a mushy texture since mold grows on moist and rotten limes. 


In this article, we answered the question “How long do limes last in the fridge?”, and how to store limes?



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