Method 1: Freeze limes whole
Important preliminary remark: It is essential that you refrain from freezing limes without special protection. Otherwise the appearance, consistency and aroma suffer a lot. There is also a risk of the citrus fruits bursting. In short, limes become completely inedible in this way. Follow our instructions if you want to freeze limes whole.
- Take a freezer bag and place one to a maximum of two limes in it.
- Use a vacuum sealer or your mouth to suck the air out of the bag.
- Close the freezer bag tightly - it must be absolutely airtight.
- Put the bag in the freezer.
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Method 2: Freeze the pulp of limes
The second method is not to freeze the whole limes, only their pulp. This is how it works:
- Cut the limes in half. Use a sharp kitchen knife for this.
- Scrape out the lime peel. A large spoon will serve you well.
- Slide the pulp straight into a sealable container that is suitable for your freezer. Be careful not to put too many limes in the same box. Guide value: two to three pieces per container.
- Seal the box (s) and place them in the freezer.
Method 3: freeze the juice of limes
Freezing lime juice is one of the most popular and best options. Here is a simple step-by-step guide:
- Squeeze the limes. You can use a manually operated fruit press or - more convenient - an electric juicer.
- Pour the resulting juice into an ice cube tray.
- Put the ice cube tray with the lime juice in the freezer.
Note: This is how ice cubes are created with a fresh, citric aroma. These are particularly suitable for cooling summer drinks, but also for various cocktails - such as caipirinha. In addition to the slightly spicy taste, the lime cubes are particularly impressive because they do not dilute the drink they are used for.
General tips and advice on freezing limes
Users in Internet forums often recommend quartering, eighth or slicing limes and freezing them in the form. However, we advise against this. These variants promote the loss of vitamins and have a very negative impact on both consistency and appearance.
In general, you should keep in mind that freezing and thawing limes lose both vitamins and taste (around 30 percent of the juice is lost). This is normal and applies to any fruit that you want to store in the freezer to make it more durable. In addition, the limes turn brownish and soft after thawing.
Important: Process the limes IMMEDIATELY after thawing. Otherwise, they are in all probability no longer usable (tan, mushy consistency, extremely bitter taste).
Do not freeze limes for more than eight months.
Alternative to freezing: Limes often keep two to three weeks in the refrigerator, sometimes even a little longer.
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