How to preserve lemons?

How to preserve lemons
How to store lemons

How to preserve lemons for a long time? In this blog, we will discuss this topic in detail. Lemon is, of course, a citrus fruit. The sour taste of the lemon not only makes it a popular fruit for summer drinks (with mint), but it is also a widely used fruit in the kitchen. The peel is also frequently used. But how can you preserve lemons?

Lemon can be preserved in the fruit bowl for 2 weeks and in the refrigerator for 4 weeks. Lemon slices can be preserved in the refrigerator for 3 days and in the freezer for 12 months.  You can also make lemon water from pieces of lemon, a nice fresh drink.

Lemon is one of the many citrus fruits. There are hundreds of varieties that all descend from 3 primal species; all other citrus fruits are crosses.

This blog not only discusses the preservation of lemon but also lemon juice and lemon zest.

Lemon Slicing

You can cut a lemon in many ways. In slices, in wedges or do you just want to use the peel?

Preserve lemon

The first place you think about is to keep the lemon outside the fridge, for example on the fruit bowl. Which can! No problem. However, be careful not to leave it too long. Lemon breathes through the peel and can dry out. The skin shrinks and the lemon loses its juice.

You can keep a lemon that you keep in the fruit bowl for 1 – 2 weeks. This only applies to a whole lemon. Never keep lemon pieces in the fruit bowl. You keep this in the fridge or freezer, but that will be available later.

Keep Lemon In Freezer

Lemon can be stored very well in the freezer. However, a whole lemon is not an option. When you take it out of the freezer, you can’t do much with it. That is why it is wise to freeze lemon slices.

Freeze lemon slices

Cut the lemons into slices of equal thickness. Place the slices on one or two plates, make sure they do not touch each other, and place the plates in the freezer.

After an hour you take the plates out of the freezer and put the slices in a freezer container with a lid. You place this back in the freezer. You can now store the slices for at least 12 months.

Lemon Store in Refrigerator

In fact, the best place for the lemon, a whole lemon, is to store it in the refrigerator. If you put it in a sealable plastic bag, it will last a little longer. You can keep the lemon good for at least 4 weeks.

Store half a lemon

Often you only need part of the lemon for your dish and you are left with half a lemon. You keep this half lemon in a sealed bag or container with a lid in the refrigerator. You can keep the lemon-like this for 2 – 3 days. Do have a look, smell, and taste if you want to use it again.

Another thing you can do is cut half the lemon into pieces and put it in half a liter of water. Place this in the fridge and you will have nice cool lemon water after half a day.

Store sliced ​​lemon

Sliced ​​or pieces of lemon can be stored in the refrigerator for 2 – 3 days. Provided it is covered with cling film or placed in a sealable container. Just look, smell and taste when you want to use the lemon again.

Put it in a freezer bag and you can keep it in the freezer for 12 months. Do not forget to put the date on the tray

What you can also do is the pieces are the following. Put the pieces in a jug with half a liter of water and place in the refrigerator. After half a day you will have nice fresh lemon water.

How Long To Preserve Lemon

The table below indicates how long you can keep lemon.

# Lemon kind Retention time
1 Whole lemon 2 weeks on the fruit bowl
2 Whole lemon 4 weeks in the refrigerator
3 Half a lemon 2-3 days in the refrigerator in a container
4 Lemon slices 2 3 days in the refrigerator
5 Lemon slices or 12 months in the freezer
6 Lemon juice 3 days in the refrigerator
7 Lemon juice 12 months in the freezer
8 Lemon zest Mixed with sugar in a jar for 3 months


What you can also do with the slices of lemon is put them in a jug of water, possibly with mint. Place the jug in the fridge and after half a day you will have nice lemon water. Drink right away of course.

Preserve lemon juice

You can save the fresh juice of a squeezed lemon for next time. There are two options: store in the refrigerator or freeze.

Store Lemon Juice in Refrigerator

You can keep freshly squeezed lemon juice in the fridge. Put the fresh juice in a plastic container and put the lid on the container. Place the container in the refrigerator. You can keep the fresh juice for about 3 days.

Freeze lemon juice

To freeze lemon juice, we must first squeeze the juice from the lemon. So first squeeze the lemons and collect the juice.

Then put this juice in, for example, an ice cube maker. And carefully put the container in the freezer. So now you get lemon cubes and you can take a measured amount each time that you need. You can now store the frozen lemon juice for 3-5 months.

Store Lemon zest

Lemon zest is often used to flavor dishes. And sometimes you grate over. You can also keep the grater. This is often mixed with sugar. What you do is the following:

  1. Grate 3-6 lemons. Only use the outside of the peel and not the white. The white tastes bitter.
  2. Mix the grated zest with 2-3 tablespoons of sugar, fine sugar if possible.
  3. Now put this mixture in a clean jam jar and press it down.
  4. You can now keep it for at least 6 months.

What you can also do is mix the grater with water and put it in ice cube trays. You place this in the freezer. This way you can keep it for 12 months.




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