I’m not one to pass up on a good sale so I purchased two dozen limes at $1/dozen. I probably should’ve had a plan for these but it was such a good sale!
Without a plan for my limes I needed to figure out a way to store them or a way to use them up before they went bad.
I love using limes in my cooking especially since I make a lot of Mexican influenced foods. I won’t be serving nothing but limes over the next few weeks so I had to come up with a way to store them.
Can you freeze limes?
The short answer is YES!
In this post I’ll give you a few hints on some creative ways to freeze limes or any citrus fruit!
You can use these storage methods with lemons, grapefruits, oranges and any other citrus fruit. 🙂
Freeze the Zest
Adding citrus zest to recipes is a great way to add a nice punch of flavour.
I zested about half the limes I purchased and placed the zest into a medium sized zip top freezer bag and popped it into the freezer. This way can have fresh zest any time I need to add some to my recipes.
Freeze the juice in cubes
I poured the juice from the zested limes into a couple ice cube trays and popped them in the freezer. The ice cube trays hold about 1 tablespoon of liquid in each section so this makes it convenient for when I use the juice in a recipe.
Frozen citrus juice cubes can also be dropped into a cold drink for a different and tasty flavour. Lime cubes would taste especially great when added to club soda!
Freeze slices or wedges
Thin slices of limes or wedges can be frozen in the freezer to use when that you need them.
If you’re going to freeze slices and wedges it would be best to flash freeze them before placing them into a freezer bag for storage. This way you won’t have to worry about the slices or wedges sticking together in clumps when you only want to use a few.
If you’re not familiar with flash freezing, it’s when you place the items on a tray without touching each other and place them into the freezer 15 to 20 minutes. This will start the freezing process and then you can place them all into a freezer bag and put them back in the finish freezing.
NOTE: There will be a slight change in the texture of the wedges/slices once thawed – this is only minimal and won't change your ability to use them as you typically would.
Next times there’s a sale, don’t be afraid to take full advantage of it!
I hope you find these ideas helpful!
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