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How long would fresh lime juice last?

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If juiced and put into a plastic squeeze bottle, how long would freshly squeezed lime juice last in the refrigerator?

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  1. Forever, if you freeze it. Fridge, probably longer than you think...a week or two minimum?

    1. If you're a 18th century British sailor - many months before it started to lose potency.

      1. I actually think plain lime juice starts to taste funny within hours of squeezing it. It should be "safe" for a long time because it's so high in acid, so there's no harm in trying it, if you're so inclined, but I think it takes on an unpleasantly acidic edge, in addtion to/instead of the pleasant "acidic citrus" flavor.

        Unsqueezed limes, on the other hand, last a very long time at even cool room temperature.

        1. I've had some for months, still great.

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          1. re: treb

            Last summer, some neighbors stripped their lime tree and gave us a bunch. We spent about 1/2 hour juicing most of our share and pouring the juice into ice cube trays. We're ending the summer with just enough lime juice left to make about two more good margaritas. It still tastes as good as new.

            So to answer your question - fresh, I don't know, but frozen it lasts forever.

          2. I found that it starts tasting pretty awful after a week or so. I store mine in a glass bottle --- not sure if that makes a diff or not.

            1. As an acidic liquid, a long time. But as an interesting flavor, a day or two; it peaks a few hours after squeezing. The flavor notes have a short half-life, unlike the acidic qualities.

              Freeze it into cubes.

              1. Actually research done a few years ago by Dave Arnold, Kevin, Liu, etc. shows that fresh squeezed, refrigerated lime juice tastes best after about four hours and holds its peak flavor for ten hours, but is still very good up to around 18 hours. Then it starts to fall off and then stays the same and you can hold it for 1-2 months. I was part of the group who were at the first seminars about the research on flavor in fresh vs. aged citrus juice. It was a bit mind blowing. Also that hand squeezed juice tastes better than when you use a machine.

                Fresh squeezed Lemon juice is similar to lime juice.

                Fresh squeezed Orange juice is at its peak of flavor immediately, then starts to decline, but levels out and then holds for 2-3 weeks.

                Fresh squeezed grapefruit juice hits its peak 1-3 days after squeezing, Yes, aged a few days tastes better than fresh, then stays about the same for 2-3 weeks.




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                1. re: JMF

                  Always good to have scientific backup!