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Apr 10, 2007 10:30 PM

Fresh lime juice

I'm planning on making fresh margaritas and ceviche for an upcoming dinner party, and would love to avoid juicing 2 cups of lime juice by hand. does anyone know where i can get fresh lime juice, preferably in west LA? or at least bring my own limes and get them juiced?


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  1. Great inquiry... juicing 30 or 40 Mexican/Key limes is one of my least fond memories in the kitchen - but sooooo worth it... I've heard that you can gently nuke the limes to make them easier to juice, but I would think this would affect the flavor...

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    1. re: bulavinaka

      This little device makes it all easier...


      You can find them CHEAP at any Mexican Supermarket...


      1. re: Dommy

        Dommy, good suggestion. This is the device a woman used to juice a lime on top of my mixed fruit with chile and salt in East LA. Just cut the lime in half, plop one half in the device, and squeeze, almost like a garlic press. I might buy one for myself, in fact. :)

        1. re: katkoupai

          I've been using them for years, bought the green (lime) and yellow (lemon) enameled versions and they work great for small quantities of juice. For large quantities a tall stand-up orange juicer is easier!


          Of course this won't help the OP who wants to buy the juice or pay someone else to squeeze it.

          1. re: sel

            Yes, the standup juicer is a good idea, sel. Although it will probably be expensive.

            1. re: katkoupai

              The standup is great for alot of oj and lately one of my lads is on a lemonade kick. The little Mexican squeezers are a bit hard when you need a quantity.

              I was lucky to find a SS standup one a while back at Costco for about $40. All of the restaurant suply stores like Surfas, Star and Action have them in different price ranges.

            2. re: sel

              Me, too! Can't live without it! Lemons, Oranges, Limes, whatever - makes life a lot easier. Also, put your limes/lemons in the microwave for 15 seconds before juicing and you will get a lot more juice out of it!

              1. re: WildSwede

                I've hesitated trying the nuke trick - thinking it would alter the bright flavors... Have you noticed any change in the flavor at all?

          2. re: Dommy

            Those are pretty trick... I have a stand-up juicer, but it's sized for oranges. Trying to juice the half of a tiny Mexican lime on one of those is not impossible but... As usual, you've come to the rescue - Thanks again, Dommy!

            1. re: Dommy

              i'm definitely going to have to purchase one of these before the big day.


          3. There's a produce person at the Santa Monica Farmer's Mkt on Wednesday that will juice the limes for you if you call in advance, if it's lime season. I don't know if this is lime season. He's usually on second north on the westside of the street, north of Broadway(?), whatever that east/ west street is.

            1. One of Nigella's "tricks" is to keep fresh lime juice in the freezer. Of course, you need to squeeze the limes at some point....but at least you can do it when you have the time. It freezes very well....and then you can add it to the beverage.