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February 28, 2024

The Shelf Life of Lemon Juice & the Benefits of True Lemon


Bottled and fresh lemon juice have their perks but they aren’t always the most convenient options for those looking to add a bright, tangy flavor to various dishes and drinks.  

The quick expiration of fresh lemon juice can be a real squeeze on your culinary plans, turning your quest for zest into a race against the clock. 

In this blog post, we’ll dive into the details of lemon juice expiration, offer some tips for preservation, and introduce our lemon juice alternative that might just be your new kitchen staple! 

Picture this: the convenience of a lemon without the hassle of squeezing, longevity without the worry of spoilage, and perfect tartness every time. True Lemon is a go-to citrus solution, offering the taste of fresh lemons in a shelf-stable, simple, travel-friendly packet. 

Fresh Lemon Juice Shelf Life 

So, exactly how long will your fresh lemon juice last? 

Fresh lemon juice (and lime juice) will last about a day at room temperature or up to 4 days in the fridge when stored properly. This relatively short shelf life of citrus juice means you'll need to use up your lemon juice quickly to avoid waste. 

What about bottled lemon juice?  

An unopened bottle of lemon juice can be stored in your pantry at room temperature, but as soon as it is opened it should be stored in the fridge for up to 9 months.  

The extended shelf life of bottled lemon juice is the result of pasteurization and the addition of preservatives, which, while convenient, isn’t something we all want more of in our diets. Even with these preservatives, bottled lemon juice can still go rancid in the fridge. 

Expired lemon juice in a bowl

Sour News: Spotting Signs of Expiration 

So, you’ve stocked up on lemons but haven't gotten the chance to make that amazing lemon cheesecake yet — how do you know if your lemons are still good? 

  • Smell: Fresh lemon juice should have a bright, tangy aroma. If it smells sour, fermented, or off in any way, it's likely past its prime. 
  • Texture: If your lemon juice is cloudy or has a strange texture, it might be time to throw. 
  • Taste: If your lemon juice tastes sour or more tangy than usual, it might be time to find another citrus solution for your recipe. 

Remember, when in doubt, it's always safer to throw the juice away to avoid a sour cheesecake or worse… an upset stomach and the potential risk of food poisoning

When Life Gives You Lemons… Store Them Properly! 

Storing real lemon juice is essential for preserving its quality. Here are a few tips (according to Master Class) on storage conditions for best results: 

  • Juice the lemons and store them in an airtight container in a fridge — this can be a plastic container, baggy, or whatever you have handy.  
  •  Freeze your lemons — if you’re really looking to extend your lemons the freezer could be the best solution, lasting for 3-4 months.  
  • Freeze lemon juice - although a little bit more of a hassle, you can even freeze freshly squeezed juice in ice cube trays, offering convenience and keeping you ready for your next recipe!  

Pure lemon juice is packed with vitamin C and other beneficial nutrients, but it's sensitive to heat, direct sunlight, and air—too much exposure and the freshness begins to fade. Storing it right is like giving it VIP treatment, making sure all those health-boosting perks are locked in and ready to go when you need them. 

True Lemon product poured into glass water bottle outside

True Lemon — The Convenient Alternative

Fresh lemons, while delicious, aren’t always convenient, reliable, and sustainable in the kitchen. Freshly squeezed lemon juice taste can vary significantly from lemon to lemon, the juice can turn your kitchen into a sticky mess, and the juice can spoil quickly even when stored properly in a sealed container. With grocery prices still on the rise, fresh lemons can be seasonally expensive, especially if they go to waste because of expiration. 

Fresh Squeezed Taste Anytime, Anywhere 

Imagine capturing the vibrant flavor of fresh lemons in a convenient little packet, always ready to sprinkle deliciousness into your life, without the worry of it ever turning sour. That's the charm of our True Lemon (and True Lime!) wedge replacements! Why settle for bottled or fresh lemon juice that rushes you against time, when you can have the everlasting sunshine and freshness of True Lemon at your fingertips? With no calories, no sweeteners, and no sugar, you can enjoy our wedge replacements with 0 guilt. 

Say goodbye to the days of racing against an expiration date or a rotten lemon and hello to endless lemony bliss, anytime, anywhere. True Lemon, is a flavorful addition that never goes out of season.

infographic for True Citrus highlighting our product benefits over lemeon juice

Benefits of True Lemon 

  • Convenience at Your Fingertips: Forget about the days of dealing with lemon rinds and juicers. True Lemon packets are easy to store, easy to carry, and even easier to use. Just tear open a packet and sprinkle the magic. 
  • Consistency Is Key: Each True Lemon packet delivers the same consistent lemony taste every time. No more worrying about lemons that are too tart or too bland. 
  • Longevity and Versatility: These packets don't just last longer than their fruity counterparts; they're incredibly versatile. Whether you're jazzing up your water, adding zest to your meals, or giving your baking a citrus kick, True Lemon has got you covered. 
  •  Space Saver: No need to reserve precious refrigerator space for fresh fruit or fruit juices that will eventually go bad. True Lemon packets can be stashed in your drawer, ready to brighten your dishes and drinks on demand. 
  • Good for You: True Lemon wedge replacements are non-GMO, use no artificial colors, and have no calories. Unlike store-bought juice from a bottle which can be packed with preservatives, True Lemon only uses ingredients that you can pronounce. 

True Citrus spilling out of shopping bag with fresh produce

True Lemon in Your Kitchen

True Lemon isn't just an alternative; it's a lifestyle choice for the savvy, the busy, and the flavor-conscious. Incorporate True Lemon into your daily hydration habits, meals, and recipes to embrace a convenient and healthy lifestyle that doesn't compromise on taste or nutrition. True Lemon isn't just for the benefits of drinking water; it's a cooking secret ingredient. Use it to create delicious: 

Find True Lemon in Stores or Buy Online! 

By making True Lemon a pantry staple, you ensure that a burst of lemon flavor is always within reach without the hassle of fresh juice, encouraging healthier eating habits, creative cooking, and enjoyable hydration throughout your day. 

Ready to have simple, delicious, convenience with True Lemon? Find us in stores like Wegmans, Publix, HyVee, Walmart & or purchase online at Amazon or to discover the convenience and freshness of True Lemon today! 


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