Candied citron question
I got a bag of candied citron last summer and I've had it in the fridge since. It's not the kind that comes in a tub that you find at the supermarket, this one has citron, invert sugar and citric acid as the only ingredients. Anyways, I was just told I shouldn't have stored it in the fridge because it goes bad. Is this true?? I'm making panettone in a few days and I'm not sure if I should get a new bag or use something else. And how are you supposed to store it? Thanks!
I'm pretty sure it'll be fine...citric acid and lemons plus sugar means it is quite acidic and will last a long time on its own. Back in the day, sugar in itself was used as a preservative (this is how condensed sweetened milk got its start, it preserved the milk for long term use, and was used/imported to countries without a dairy history such as Vietnam, which is why it is used in Vietnamese coffee in lieu of fresh milk but I digress). I'm glad you refrigerated it, if anything that'll keep it longer rather than leaving it on the shelf. Perhaps the concern was that it would dry out. In any event, I'd be using it in the panettone. I'm fairly confident you'll be absolutely fine. If you're still concerned, just taste it! I'm sure you'll find its fine.