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Do you use lemon and lime interchangeably?

I'm just curious, because I do. It just depends on what I have on hand.

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  1. Not at all. They are 2 totally different things in my mind and aren't interchangeable.

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    1. re: Njchicaa

      I agree, they are both acids but different flavors. One can sub one for the other in a pinch but the dish will not be the same.

    2. Of course, it depends on the dish...but in general, I do.

      I haven't found too many things that taste great with one and disgusting with the other. However, I rarely actually follow recipes anyway, they are just suggestions to me ;)

      1. Sometimes. Not in drinks. Ever. If lime or lemon is the primary ingredient I certainly would not substitute. If it is one of many, probably would. I always have lemons. Used to always have key limes. Those are more interchangeable in my mind.

        1. Sometimes I do, but there are certain things I would never do that with. For example, I can't imagine chicken picatta tasting right with lime instead of lemon. On the other hand, I have marinated shrimp for the grill in either lemon and garlic, or lime and garlic, depending on what is in the fruit bowl!

          1. Short answer is yes, for most things. There are exceptions. Like Mojitos - it would be something different without the lime.