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How to Freeze or Preserve Excess Limes

Updated April 17, 2017

Buying fresh and in-season limes will offer the most flavour for your margaritas, salsas or other dishes spiked with this citrus juice. Limes peak from May to October, but you can get that wonderful taste throughout the year by preserving and freezing the juice. Most citrus fruits can be interchanged in these instructions, so try preserving and freezing limes and then experiment with lemons, oranges and grapefruits. Once you get the hang of it, you can preserve the taste of fresh citrus fruit throughout the cold winter months.

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Collect the ripest fruits for preserving. If the fruit is almost ripe, hold it in your hand, rolling it along a hard surface once. This releases the juice.

Hold the limes lengthwise on a flat surface. Slice through the centre of the lime horizontally. This will leave you with two halves.

Hold one half of the lime on the top of the juicer. Squeeze out the juice until all the halves are squeezed.

Pour the juice from the top of the juicer into the ice cube trays. Fill each cube about 75 per cent to allow for expansion. Use as many trays as you need.

Wrap the trays with two layers of cling film. Place into your freezer overnight. Remove in the morning. Put cubes into freezer bags. Label and date each bag.

Slice limes into rings with a sharp knife. Place the slices into freezer bags for freezing. They will remain ready to use for months.

Tip

Limes can be frozen whole in a good freezer bag, but cutting them in half is better.

Warning

Use frozen fruits and vegetables within six months to prevent bacterial growth. If you have fruit that is nearing the expiration date, use it to make jams, pies or other food that can be put up or frozen for months longer.

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Things You'll Need

  • Limes
  • Knife
  • Electric juicer
  • Ice cube tray
  • Cling film
  • Freezer bags

About the Author

Based in Santa Rosa, Calif., Cindy Paterson has been writing articles on travel and lifestyle since 1991. Her work has appeared on ForbesTraveler.com and MSNBC.com. Paterson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in creative writing from Columbia University in New York.

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