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How to keep a sliced lemon from going bad

July 8, 2010

You know how when you cut a lemon in half and use a little of the juice the squeezed half turns kind of pale and after a day does not smell as sweet? The same is true if you put the un used half back in the refrigerator in a plastic bag. Something about the plastic makes it go bad really fast. We are inclined to wrap up anything we don’t use before we put it back in the refrigerator, but it is best with lemons to slice off only as much as you need when you need it, then put the rest back into the fridge un-wrapped. I know this may seem blasphemous at first because there is probably not one single item in your refrigerator that is NOT wrapped in plastic (think about it), but for best results, let the lemon breathe. It will keep for several days and sometimes longer depending on how fresh it is. It will, however, eventually shrivel up if you don’t use it (it’s not a twinkie), so get cooking. Add lemon to any dish to give it a bright acidity and a “clean” taste.

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