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These versatile citrus fruits are used to flavor cold drinks, add delicate flavor to puddings and baked desserts, or even as the secret ingredient in that creamy pasta sauce. Storing them properly keeps them fresh and ready to use whenever you are in the mood for something to lighten up your dinner fare.
Choose fresh lemons and limes that are smooth, firm and have a uniform color. Discolored or soft spots indicate that the fruit is past its prime. Wash your hands and all work surfaces and utensils with hot, soapy water before handling the fruit. Wash the lemons and limes with cold water and vegetable brush.
Scrub the surface to remove any soil with the brush and rinse with cold water. Ideally, devote a drawer or compartment to lemons, limes and similar produce items. Use the lemons and limes in a timely fashion and while they are at the peak of freshness. Do not store or use lemons and limes that look like they have begun to spoil, as evidenced by moldy-looking and soft areas on the fruit. Slice the washed and dried lemons and limes before refrigerating them, if you want to quickly reach into the refrigerator and grab a couple of slices later on.
On a clean cutting board with a clean paring knife, cut the lemons and limes into even slices. Only cut up enough slices to last for a day. Otherwise, the slices will not be fresh when you are ready to use them. Store the lemon and lime slices in food storage containers with lids. Do so immediately after you slice the fruit. If you are slicing both lemons and limes, store them in separate containers.
Look at the stored lemons and limes, either whole ones or slices, once per day to assess freshness. Discard any fruit that is spoiling. Otherwise, the spoiling fruit could contaminate the fruit that is still fresh. It is unsafe to use spoiled fruit. Consuming such fruit could lead to food poisoning. Already answered Not a question Bad question Other. Tips While limes are usually available all year round, they peak between May and August in the Northern Hemisphere. Limes are usually smaller than lemons in size, to help give you a size indication.
Limes can be used in the same way as lemons but you won't need to use as many of them because they have a sharper flavour. Warnings Avoid limes with mold or decay. Brown spots all over a lime might indicate scald, which makes the fruit taste moldy. Things You'll Need Plastic bag. Did you try these steps? Upload a picture for other readers to see.
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