Some tips on choosing and storing fresh lemons and limes. You will be able to “share” these by looking at the bottom of this post and clicking on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest to share with your friends. Click on the picture of the little printer if you want to print the tip.
Buy large lemons and limes, they tend to be much sweeter. Make sure that the skin is thin, those are much juicier. A fresh lemon or lime should give a little when squeezed or pressed with your thumb.
To obtain more of the juice from lemons, limes or oranges, microwave on high for 30 seconds and then let stand for a couple of minutes before cutting and squeezing. Rolling them between your hand and the counter will also help release more juice.
Lemons and limes will keep out of direct sunlight on the counter for several days and depending on how fresh they are up to a week. For best results keep in the refrigerator in the crisper drawer where they will keep much longer than at room temperature. This goes for oranges and tangerines, too.
You can zest them and freeze the zest in a plastic container or bag for use in recipes. Freeze the juice in ice cube trays. You can also freeze the whole fruit and when ready to use let defrost a couple of hours before squeezing. Microwaving the frozen fruit for 30 seconds works, too.
Lemons and limes are high in Vitamin C and potassium and have little fat and calories. They are full of vitamins. You should always buy local and organic if possible.
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