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What to do with leftover fresh-squeezed lime juice

So, of course after asking many of you for a key lime tartlette recipe, I wound up having to bag the idea at the last minute. However, I'd already squeezed the limes (and one lemon) before deciding not to proceed with the recipe (I'd also already made the tart shell but they are happily residing in my freezer right now until I decide what to do with them). So, I have two questions:

1. How long will this fresh-squeezed juice mixture last and can it be frozen if necessary?
2. Does anyone have a good recipe that involves fresh-squeezed lime/key lime juice. I'd prefer something that can be made in individual servings (cookies, bar, etc) because I am not a lime fan and am planning on taking whatever I made into work in order to get it eaten by people who might like it, meaning individual desserts are best.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Are margaritas out of the question?

    1. Don't know about recipes, but you can absolutely freeze it. Try an ice-cube tray for excellent portion control, then keep them in a zip-top bag.

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      1. re: Covert Ops

        what does the freezing do to the flavour? is it good enough for salad dressing? probably good enough for Margs? how about straight - in water, can you tell that it's been frozen? (if you can save me the experiment, I'd be grateful)

        1. re: orangewasabi

          I wasn't aware it did anything to the flavor. . .as long as once the cubes are frozen, you transfer them to some sort of airtight container to avoid freezer smells. If someone has had a different experience, please let us know!

      2. I would marinate skirt steaks in lots of lime juice and sprinkled with lots garlic salt, dried oregano, dried cilantro and ground pepper overnight. Then bbq the steak and use it for carne asada tacos. Delicious.

        1. I think that lime juice loses much of its subtlety pretty fast, so I wouldn't bother storing it. I'd make lime curd, which keeps for a couple of weeks. Tasty on shortbread, or spread on toast.

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          1. re: Hungry Celeste

            Thanks for that suggestion...probably the most practical and I already have a recipe from my original posting. Sorry, I should have clarified in my original post that I was looking for a sweet as opposed to savory options for the juice--non meat eater and also want something that is office kitchen friendly.

            1. re: Laura D.

              I know you mentioned you'd prefer sweet to savoury, but if you eat fish I suggest ceviche.

          2. Rickeys. Definitely lime rickeys. Or just fresh limeade.

            Although that skirt steak suggestion sounds good too...

            1. I'm just curious, but if the tart shells are made already and you're still interested in the lime curd, why not make your original idea to take to work?

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              1. re: leanneabe

                Well the only problem is that rather than making the tartlettes (basically bite sized things) I was originally planning on I made individual tarts that are approximately 4 inches in diameter. There are 4 shells total. I feel like it might be a bit strange to simply bring in a few tarts, since it is almost as if they are too big for someone to want to eat at work (though my coworkers never cease to amaze me with their "food greed") yet can't easily be split since that would probably look weird. I guess it would be better to kill two birds with one stone and just bring my original idea in as you suggested, though. I just figured that I could find another use for the tart shells, though it doesn't help the cause they have lime zest in them and thus won't be good with just any filling.

                1. re: Laura D.

                  Unless you work in a really small office (where 3 people might just take a whole tart), I would just go with that. I've seen a plate of 8 large brownies come into our break room and either people grab a whole one or start cutting them in half (thirds, corners, etc). Although a tart filling might ooze out, you could quarter slice them if your office has small plates and then there are more pieces for everyone. You'd be amazed at what gets eaten in an office despite looking "weird". =)