February 14, 2017

Five easy Ways to Preserve the Taste of Lime

We were blessed with a case of organic limes for mere dollars, truly a gift. Wanting to be a diligent steward with the blessing, my job was to find ways to preserve these little green gems. Leaving very little to waste... and here is what I came up with. Remember to always start with clean, quality fruit.

Lime Zest – easily obtained by removing the {organic} 'green' from the lime. I have stored this two ways, first by placing the zest into ice cube trays and adding a titch of water to freeze in the freezer. Second, we dried the zest in the oven, on low heat. Once the zest is completely dried, place it in a glass jar with a tight lid. This is then stored in the fridge until needed. Although I am sure you can store it in the cupboard right next to the other herbs and spices without much of a problem.

Salted Limes, Fermented – slice off the ends, just the tips mind you. Then quarter and dip each 'raw' side in kosher salt and pack into your fermenting jar. Pack them tight. Fill your jar to the rim, and then add fermenting weights to hold the limes under the brine. Place in a cupboard and test them, by taste, after eight weeks...

I have been peeking at mine every now and then just to see how they are doing. After eight weeks, or longer if needed for proper fermenting, move your salt limes to the refrigerator. This is my first time making these, so we will see how they turn out.

Canned Lime Juice – simply juice your limes, heat the juice over low heat to nice and hot, not a boil. Then run your normal canning procedures and hot water bath process your full jars for fifteen minutes.

Dried Lime Peel – dry your lime peels in the oven or food dehydrator, they are dry when easily broken with a snap sound. Store them in a glass jar with a tight sealing lid, in a cupboard. These peels can then be used in home-made teas, bath products or even ground fine to be used in baking. 

The last one, isn't really a way to preserve the taste of lime in the actual tasting sense. It's more in the preserving lime in the beauty of a lime sense. This is done by making lime infused vinegar for house hold cleaning... I will be adding thyme essential to mine. Calling it Lime Thyme cleaner!

So - what would you do with a case of limes?

~ Blessings

Shared With: Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth: The Art of Home-making Mondays # 145


  1. Wonderful post! I love what you did with the limes and am curious how the fermented ones will come out! That is a new recipe idea for me :)

  2. JES - thank you for stopping by, and this fermenting of limes is a new to me too. I plan to update the post when the limes are finished. I am so curious! Have a wonderful week...