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