You've Been Storing Limes And Lemons Wrong Your Entire Life

We are all out here trying to be adults and sometimes we have no idea what we're doing. For example, TikTok user @sidneyraz has dedicated their entire account to things they wish they would've known earlier, and it's super relatable. Their account includes everyday tasks that many of us have been doing inefficiently or incorrectly without even knowing it, like measuring sticky foods or tying running shoes.

When it comes to food storage, something we all have to think about time and again, there seem to be gray areas. Items like meat and dairy should clearly be refrigerated, but the proper storage can be a bit of a toss-up with fruits and veggies. Should lemons and limes be stored in the fridge? There are mixed responses. Simplemost reports that lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruits don't need to be kept in the fridge, and doing so will make them less juicy. However, according to Food52, there's a hack that will ensure your lemons and limes don't lose their juiciness and last longer.

Store lemons and limes in water

Even though lemons and limes add the perfect splash of color to your bar cart, they actually belong in the refrigerator. According to The Kitchn, lemons stored at room temperature last only a week before hardening. There's nothing sadder than picking up a lemon or lime that now feels like a golf ball, but there's luckily a better way to preserve the precious citrus you need for your margaritas or marinade.

To store your lemons and limes, put them in a sealed container or bag with some water in it and pop it in the fridge (via Food52). It sounds weird, but also like a logical solution to the problem — citrus is porous and absorbs a bit of the water in the container, preventing the fruit from drying out. Using this hack will allow the fruit to stay fresh for up to a month.