The Basics: Limes

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Limes 

Most limes available are known as Persian or Tahiti more specifically which have been cross bred from lemons & key limes to produce this reliable seedless citrus variety. The fruit is extremely versatile as it can be showcased in sweet or savory recipe applications or serve as a supporting role lending balance to dishes. From appetizers to desserts, fresh lime zest & juice perk up most anything flawlessly. Their bright taste lends wonderful flavor to desserts such as Key Lime Pie & Mini Coconut-Key Lime Chess Pies. When savory applications are desired, look no further than south of the border favorites such as tamales, Mexican Street Corn & Black Bean-Avocado Gorditas to mainstream favorites including Sweet Chili-Lime Ribs, Fresh Lime Chicken & Barley Soup or Avocado Toast that benefit from the beloved citrus. Learn how to use a citrus reamer in order to juice many for use in a variety of recipe applications.

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How To Juice Fresh Limes

Limes may be used in both sweet & savory foods. They balance classic Mexican cuisine specialties beautifully by adding just the right amount of zippy flavor to recipes ranging from American-Style Beef TostadasHomemade Salsa, Salsa Fresca, Huevos Rancheros & Machaca Con Huevos to tacos, enchiladas, flautas & burritos. When cocktails are in order, Ginger Margaritas & Cilantro-Lime Bloody Mary Shooters pair well. When choosing them from produce bins, select fruit with a bright, uniform color. Pick them up & gently press them in your hand. They should feel firm with a slight give to them. If the zest is desired, take care of that task first by running the outer portion over a microplane grater, then slice the limes in half for juicing. Extracting it from the citrus is simple when the correct tool is used.

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 When fresh lime juice is needed for recipe applications, it’s important to have the right device that will release every bit. A glass juicer where the reamer is set over a small bowl to collect the juice can be used or my preferred choice is a citrus reamer. These valuable tools are generally coated with a non-reactive finish to prevent the acid from producing off flavors. Citrus halves can be placed in the custom fit compartment then the handles pressed together to extract the juice over a small bowl. It’s efficient enough to press every bit of juice quickly. Once the task is complete, the pulp will be left behind. Simply remove the used lime halves & discard them. Before adding the juice to recipe applications, pour it through a small fine wire mesh sieve to collect any unwanted bits of pulp that may be in the bowl.

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