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Dec 11, 2011 08:53 AM

Store-bought preserved lemons -- refrigerate? - moved from Gardening board

Should these be refrigerated after opening? I would think so, but there's nothing specified on the jar, and a web search didn't provide a definitive answer.

I bought them for a lentil and tuna salad recipe from Dorie Greenspan's "Around My French Table". I'm hoping they will keep for a while as I don't have a ton of uses for them, at least for now.


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  1. technically, maybe not, since this method was invented long before refrigeration, but not knowing what's in them, i probably would anyway.

    when i make my own ( a snap, btw) they last 6-12 months in the fridge. after that they may go a bit brown, but are still fine.

    1. Paula Wolfert wrote in Epicurious: When you're ready to use a lemon, remove it with clean utensils to avoid contaminating the inside of the jar with bacteria. This way, the remaining contents of the jar will not need to be refrigerated.

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      However, other sources agree with Hotoynoodle that in a fridge, they last 6 months or more.

      1. For what it's worth I've noticed that Kalustyan's house-made preserved lemons are now sold out of the refrigerator case. Up until a year or so ago they used to sell them on the pantry goods shelves next to the house-made chutneys and pickles. Why they would need to be refrigerated BEFORE opening is a puzzle to me, but there you go.

        1. I make my own (using recipe from Wolfert's old Morocco book) and never refrigerate.

          1. I always refrigerate mine - whether store-bought or home-made. Better safe than sorry, & refrigerating them won't affect the quality at all.