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how to prevent a lemon from going bitter when stored for later use?

I use a lot of lemon and lime and sometimes I only ending up needing half a lemon or lime. Whether I store the half a lemon in the fridge or at room temp it always accumulates a bitter after taste, I thought you Chowhounders might have some useful advice. How can I prevent this? Is there even a way

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  1. We use/save partial lemons and limes all the time and we haven't noticed that.

    I'm curious to see what others say about this...

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    1. re: sandylc

      I always wrap mine leftover lemon/lime in plastic wrap and stick in the fridge. Seems ok to me.

      1. re: jeanmarieok

        I wrap it in plastic wrap and then seal it in a small container. The less air in that container the better. I use that method for onion as well.

    2. Raw-p;
      How long do you usually store your halves?
      Do you close them in a container or wrap?
      Do you ever partially juice the part you're storing before putting it away for later?

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      1. re: Kris in Beijing

        Sometimes I store it for use later on the day without any form of containment and within hours it goes bitter. I don't partially juice it.

      2. I use either a small round Tupperware or a small zip lock bag.....must be refrigerated....never noticed any bitterness and I keep them for a week or more sometimes.

        1. I've never had that happen before. I store partial limes and lemons in the fridge all the time. I don't even bother to wrap it if I'm going to use it later in the day.

          Is it maybe picking up a smell/flavor from the container you're storing it in, or something it's stored next to?

          1. I notice this when I save a lemon in plastic bags. Use a jar instead.