Nothing like a little lime juice to add a zesty zing to your favorite dishes! Lime juice is a versatile ingredient. You can use it to flavor stews, soups, and salads. It can be used for cooking, baking, grilling, juicing, and so much more. Lime juice is not only a useful ingredient; it is also loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants. Because lime juice is such a common ingredient, it is always a good idea to have some in stock, ready to be used anytime. But what if the lime juice has been sitting in the fridge for weeks? Can lime juice go bad?
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Can Lime Juice Go Bad?
Lime juice has a surprisingly long shelf life. However, this is the kind of product that is best used as soon as possible. Lime juice has to be fresh to get the fullest flavor. And yes, if the lime juice has been left sitting for too long, it will go bad at some point.
Freshly squeezed lime juice will spoil much faster than the store-bought kind. The preservatives in store-bought lime juice extend its shelf life significantly. However, even store-bought lime juice will go bad if it’s been stored improperly.
Unopened packs of store-bought lime juice will keep for 12 to 18 months at room temperature. The shelf life of the product becomes shorter once it has been opened. When stored properly, lime juice will keep in the fridge for a week or two.
Freshly squeezed lime juice will only keep in the fridge for 2 to 3 days. To extend the shelf life of freshly squeezed lime juice, freeze it in ice cube trays. When frozen, lime juice will keep for 4 to 9 months. Do note that fresh lime juice oxidizes and its flavor weakens while in storage.
Signs that Lime Juice has Gone Bad
It’s easy to tell if the lime juice has gone bad. Start by taking a whiff. If the juice is emitting a funky, off odor then the lime juice is no longer safe to use. Check for signs of discoloration. If the juice has turned a weird color, discard the product. If you see the presence of mold forming on the juice, discard the product. For packed lime juice, check the packaging. If the packaging starts bulging or leaking, toss the product in the trash.
How to Store Lime Juice
The storage method of lime juice will depend on the type of product you got. For unopened store-bought lime juice, keeping it in the pantry is the best way to maintain freshness. Store the sealed lime juice packs in a cool dry place, away from direct sunlight.
For opened packs of lime juice or freshly squeezed lime juice, it is best to keep the product in the refrigerator. Refrigeration will delay the degradation of the product, extending its shelf life. This is a great method for lime juice that is nearing its expiry date. Finally, you can also freeze the lime juice for long-term storage.
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Can You Freeze Lime Juice?
Yes, lime juice can be frozen. This is a great method for extra lime juice that you won’t be able to use up for weeks. If you are freezing lime juice, we highly recommend dividing the product into manageable portions. This way, you don’t have to thaw the entire container of frozen lime juice just for a couple of tablespoons.
Try using two or more ice cube trays. Just pour the lime juice into the tray then stick in the freezer. Leave the lime juice to freeze for 4 hours to overnight. Once frozen solid, prepare a large resealable plastic bag. Take the ice cube tray out of the freezer then carefully pop the cubed lime juice. Place the lime juice cubes in the resealable plastic bag. Squeeze as much air as you can before sealing. Write the storage date then stick in the freezer. Every time you need a serving of lime juice, just take a cube or two!
Can lime juice go bad? If stored improperly, it can. But as long as you store the product properly, there is no reason why lime juice won’t keep for longer!