I must say, I have loved having our friends, Rox and Shane, share the bounty of their lime tree with us. For weeks it seemed that every time I went over there for my thrice weekly swim, I walked away with a bag of home grown organic limes. I used them on everything; in my water, in salad dressings, Thai dishes and marinades. At one point though, without paying attention I had amassed 40+ limes on my kitchen counter. It was… a bit much and the fear was that there was no way we could eat them all before they went bad.
So I set a day aside and decided to take them all and preserved what I wanted from them.
I juiced all of my limes and for every cup of lime juice I added 1/2 of raw sugar. If you’d like it sweeter, 1 cup of lime juice to 1 cup of sugar works well too. I mixed together the concentrate and poured it all into my ice cube trays and added a mint leaf to each.
I love doing this. Preserving the concentrate in trays or baggies in the freezer makes it easy to just pull out a cube or two, drop it into a glass of water and you have instant minty limeade. It also helps preserve the lime tree bounty well into the colder months.
If you try this, note that because what you are freezing is essentially a syrup, the cubes are more like hardened slush, more so the more sugar you add. It’s perfectly normal to have softer than usual cubes.
Do you want to check out what I did with all the lime zest I collected from these amazing limes? Check it out here!
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