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Does lemon juice go bad?

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hungry100 Apr 10, 2012 02:58 PM

The bottle reads "best used by Nov. 15, 2006." It's been in the fridge. I'm thinking since it's so acidic it's ok. It smells ok. I want to use it in a salad dressing. Thoughts?

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    bitchincook Apr 10, 2012 03:05 PM

    Fresh lemon juice definitely goes bad. What kind do you have? The brands that are sold on a regular shelf, as opposed to the refrigerator or freezer case, are loaded with preservatives, so it might still be good. Though that would be good as in not rotten, not good as in tasty.

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      ferret Apr 10, 2012 03:09 PM

      Yes, you can certainly use it without harmful effects, but it will not impart any of the flavor you're seeking (and may well be more bitter).

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        hungry100 Apr 10, 2012 04:26 PM

        "Real Lemon" brand. Ha ha. Used balsamic instead.

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