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Old 06-18-2013, 07:05 PM   #1
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Question Lemons-store in fridge or on counter?

I notice on most cooking shows that they keep their lemons/limes/oranges in a basket on the counter.
I have always stored my citrus'y things in a bin in the frig.
but then again when you buy them at a grocery store you do not find them in a cooler.
So are there any pros or cons for storing them in a fridge? Does it matter?

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Old 06-18-2013, 07:12 PM   #2
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Good question. I always store mine on the counter because I thought that they give up more juice when they are warm. (Hence the microwave method of extracting more juice.) But that might be completely wrong. Looking forward to a more definitive answer then "because my mom did that" which is what I was relying on.
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Old 06-18-2013, 07:23 PM   #3
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Fridge for my citrus, they last a long time. I also freeze limes whole when I get a big bag at Costco. I guess it depends on how soon you plan to use them. They do look pretty in the baskets.
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Old 06-18-2013, 07:38 PM   #4
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Fridge for me. They kept getting hard or brown on the counter.
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Old 06-18-2013, 08:26 PM   #5
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You can store them at room temperature for a week or so. They will last longer in your refrigerator crisper drawer.

From personal experience, when they get a fuzzy blue-green coating and leak a brownish liquid into the bottom of the crisper drawer, it's time to think about throwing them out.
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Old 06-18-2013, 08:31 PM   #6
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From personal experience, when they get a fuzzy blue-green coating and leak a brownish liquid into the bottom of the crisper drawer, it's time to think about throwing them out.
Dang. No wonder my lemonade tasted funny.
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Old 06-18-2013, 11:02 PM   #7
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There have been a few times our strawberries grew beards.

I store my lemons and limes in the fruit drawer of my refrigerator, but take out what I need for a meal the night before. I think the reason the TV shows have lemons on the counter is because the props crew set them out to make the counter look pretty. I bet IRL those lemons are kept in the 'fridge when the filming is done.
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Old 06-19-2013, 12:11 AM   #8
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You can store them at room temperature for a week or so. They will last longer in your refrigerator crisper drawer.

From personal experience, when they get a fuzzy blue-green coating and leak a brownish liquid into the bottom of the crisper drawer, it's time to think about throwing them out.
What?!? That's when I name them...and make sure they have water in their bowl.
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Old 06-19-2013, 01:21 AM   #9
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I just leave them on the tree until I need them.
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Old 06-19-2013, 02:04 PM   #10
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I just leave them on the tree until I need them.
I have a lemon tree as well. That's why I don't worry so much about longevity. I'm not throwing away lemons I spent money on.
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