When you stumble across a good deal on fruit, sometimes you have the impulse to buy it in large quantities. If you find that you have too many limes, do not worry about using them all at one time. You can freeze the limes, and use them year round with just a little preparation work. Freezing stops bacteria from growing and will keep your limes as fresh as the day you bought them.
Things You'll Need
Freeze Whole Limes
Choose ripe and fresh limes. Clean the limes free of dirt and debris. Use a scrubbing brush to ensure that you clean the outer skins thoroughly.
Pat the limes dry with paper towels. Place the limes on clean pie plates.
Fill an ice chest with dry ice. Place the limes on the pie plates in the ice chest for 30 minutes.
Remove the whole limes. Place them in gallon-sized bags or in airtight freezer-safe containers. Label the containers with a date.
Thaw the limes at room temperature when ready to use.
Freeze Sliced Limes
Scrub the outer skin of the lime with a small scrub brush. Remove all the dirt and debris, and rinse the lime with cool water.
Cut the limes into ¼-inch thick slices. Make the slices thicker if necessary, but try to keep the slices even to ensure they freeze properly.
Add ½ cup sugar to each quart of limes. Pour the sugar in a bowl. Coat both sides of each lime slice with sugar to help preserve the flavor and color.
Place the limes in a gallon-sized freezer bag. Pack the lime slices into the bag, but do not force them to down into the bag or you will bruise the lime slices. Remove any excess air from the bag by gently squeezing on it while you seal the bag tight.
Label the containers with a date. The frozen lime slices will last 12 months in the freezer if protected properly from freezer burn.
Squeeze the juice out of the limes with a juicer, and freeze the lime juice to use at any time.