Fresh Squeezed Lime Ice Cubes
Or lemon juice ice cubes, or grapefruit juice ice cubes . . . but for now, let’s talk lime juice ice cubes!
This is just a simple kitchen hack that is a favorite of mine. You know all those wonderful recipes that call for fresh squeezed lime juice? Chicken and fish marinades, salad dressings, sauces, and don’t forget cocktails! Back in the day I thought taking the time to squeeze a lime was way too much work, why would you do that when you can buy a little plastic lime and just squeeze it right out into the measuring spoon? Well, now that my taste buds have become accustomed to more fresh and flavorful food, I do take the time to squeeze that lime, it really does enhance the taste!
Here’s a little trick that will allow you to have fresh squeezed lime juice, save money and save time! You can stock up on the juice and have it on hand, so this little kitchen secret must be shared!
This is a juicer I’ve had for several years, I’m pretty sure it was under $10 so it’s not a big investment, and is totally one of my favorite kitchen tools.
Buying the limes in bulk can also save you money, sometimes the price of buying single limes is crazy high these days! And since you are going to make the mess in your kitchen anyway to squeeze some fresh juice, take a little extra time and squeeze the whole bag. The extra few minutes it takes to get out the juicer and then clean up your utensils is the same no matter if you squeeze one or twenty!
This is a 5 pound bag of organic limes from Costco, just the right amount to make a gallon size freezer bag full of lime ice cubes.
After you finish juicing all the limes, pour the juice into ice cube trays. Depending on how many ice cube trays and freezer space you have, this may take a couple of cycles, if so, just store the remaining juice in the refrigerator as you go through this process.
When the lime ice cubes are frozen, place them in a gallon freezer bag, eventually filling the bag. When you are ready to use fresh squeezed lime juice, remove the amount you need. If time allows, set the cubes in a measuring cup on the counter, it may take about an hour to defrost. If you are in a hurry, about 30 seconds in the microwave and you have your juice!
Two lime juice cubes yields approximately -
1 1/2 oz
1 shot, for cocktails
Here’s to the flavor of fresh squeezed juice! Enjoy!