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Limes are a versatile ingredient used in everything from cocktails to key lime pie. The juice from a lime adds a tangy zest to foods, making it a popular topping on fish, salads and tacos. Limes also are a good source of essential vitamins such as vitamin C. Uncut limes can be stored in your pantry for up to a week and three weeks in the refrigerator. If you have cut limes, they should be stored in the refrigerator.

Place whole, uncut limes in the crisper of your refrgerator in the original plastic that you bought them in at the grocery store. Refrigerated whole limes will last for about two to three weeks. You also can place them in the crisper without the bag. If you do not want to put your limes in the fridge, place them in a bowl in your kitchen away from direct sunlight and at room temperature. Outside of the fridge, the limes should last for about a week.

Cut a small square of the plastic wrap. If you have a bunch of lime slices, wrap each lime slice individually in a small piece of the plastic wrap. Then place the wrapped limes in a plastic, zip-top bag. Place the bag in the refrigerator, and they should keep for up to five days.

Freeze fresh lime juice by pouring into ice cube trays. Freeze the lime cubes, and when they are completely frozen, remove the cubes and store in a zip-top plastic freezer bag in the freezer. Grate the fresh lime zest and place in a zip-top freezer bag and place in the freezer. Both can be easily thawed when they need to be used.

Warning

It is best to use whole limes within two weeks -- even if they still looks good in the refrigerator -- because they will begin to lose their flavor soon after.

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Based in Los Angeles, Zora Hughes has been writing travel, parenting, cooking and relationship articles since 2010. Her work includes writing city profiles for Groupon. She also writes screenplays and won the S. Randolph Playwriting Award in 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in television writing/producing and a Master of Arts Management in entertainment media management, both from Columbia College.