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GoalieJeff May 29, 2007 09:30 AM

So I went a little crazy at the farmers market and bought like 5 pounds of fresh limes . I have used quite a few , but I know I'll never use them all before they go bad . I looked up freezing limes and most sites recommended against freezing them whole . Thing is , I just want the juice and would rather not juice them all and deal with the whole ice cube tray thing . So - can I freeze them whole or not ?

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    cakesncookies Jun 15, 2008 04:22 PM

    Is it better to juice the limes first and then freeze them or to freeze the whole lime? I would like to use the juice for key lime pie

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      KTinNYC Jun 15, 2008 07:20 PM

      Juice them first. Frozen limes turn to mush.

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        Sean Jun 16, 2008 07:02 AM

        Freezing them usually results in a mushy product. Ice crystals tear the cell walls of the lime and the juices flow out into the other cells. However, I don't think this would effect the quality of the juice.

    2. Veggo May 29, 2007 04:23 PM

      What are you gonna to do with a thawed lime? And why tie up valuable freezer space because you're feeling lazy today? Put on a zztop cd, pour a glass of wine, and juice the limes. You don't have the extra ice trays, I expect, so put the juice in little zip lock bags and freeze them. It'll make you a better man. Goalies lose teeth and kneecaps, and you're past that stage. But to shy away from a breakaway by a bag of limes?

      Postscript: we have anguished about the dearth of limes for 2 months here, and the lack of juice in them, as we await local product, so maybe your quandary is a harbinger that.....limes are back!!!

      1. litchick May 29, 2007 03:05 PM

        I freeze limes and lemons whole. Here's the thing though, you'll want to use them as soon as you defrost them. After thawing, if they hang around for even just a few hours, they beome mushy and unappealing. Also, frozen limes and lemons are best used for their juice -- they're not teriffic for zest or for garshinment.

        My freezer stash is for emergencies, and it's proved very useful on occasion. I remove the lime from the freezer, then microwave on the defrost setting at 8-10 second increments until it seems like I've jump-started the thawing process. After that, I leave it out on the counter -- it usually thaws totally withing 15 mins or so, and this is ready for halving and juicing.

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          Pakkai May 29, 2007 03:57 PM

          Here's a family tip that may work for whole limes.
          During Strawberry season we freeze whole strawberries in a ice chest using dry ice. Place strawberries on old pie plates. The dry ice freezes things quickly and at a much colder temperature than your typical freezer. Total time more or less is 30 minutes. Than we pop them into the freezer using gallon baggies. To use-- thaw at room temperature and you get "not mushy" but good as new fruit.

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            Aromatherapy May 30, 2007 06:09 AM

            I've had fine luck freezing whole limes and since I use them for juice I don't care if they're mushy. No more withered mystery balls in the crisper. Thanks for the micro tip.

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              Pat Hammond May 31, 2007 03:17 PM

              Limes get to be cheap as dirt around here, like 13/$1. I'm certainly going to freeze a bunch of them. Glad to hear that it has been successful for you. Thanks.

          2. rworange May 29, 2007 02:06 PM

            Limes really do keep a long time in the vegetable crisper of the fridge ... sometimes a few months.

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              Isabella May 29, 2007 12:40 PM

              Personally, I would not freeze the limes whole.
              What I would do and have done is juice the limes
              and put it in small glass bottles with lids
              (like a very clean 16oz juice container) and stick
              it in the fridge.

              It is easy to use up rather quickly this way.
              And also gives you a day or two to then do the ice cube tray
              thing if you decide to that. Breaking it up makes it seem like less work.

              1. Pat Hammond May 29, 2007 09:37 AM

                I'd sure try it, with one or two. It seems to me that frozen and thawed would juice easily. But maybe they get too mushy to squeeze. Worth a try!

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