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May 9, 2011 08:49 PM

What to do with a bunch of limes and lemons?

I have a bunch of citrus left over from a cocktail party - about 12 lemons at 3-4 tbsp juice each and 18 limes at 1-2 tbsp juice each. They need to go! So far I've thought of lemon meringue pie, but that uses only 2-3 lemons. Any other ideas? I don't think the limes would be suitable for key lime pie as they are the relatively bitter persian variety, so I might dry them, but that still leaves some to be reckoned with.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Haha, when I saw the headline, I immediately thought - duh, lemonade :)

    2. Homemade preserved lemons. And how about the lime cordial (for Gimlets) that was featured in the NYT this week (It needs exactly 18 limes!):

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      1. re: Klunco

        you could also preserve the limes in the same manner

        1. re: Klunco

          Yes, preserved lemons. A batch just finished curing (or whatever the appropriate term is) and they are AMAZING! I used the recipe for "My Favorite Preserved Lemons" on Tigress in a Pickle and they are so so so good. The recipe calls for standard lemons, not Meyer.

        2. Homemade curd.
          lemon Meringue pie.
          Lime Meringue pie.
          Juice them and freeze the juice in ice-cube trays.

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          1. re: sunshine842

            Zest them first and freeze the zest in small freezer bags. Then juice them...