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What is the best way to get the juice out of LIMES without a juicer?

Last post Jul 08, 2004 7:38 AM by jeannief . 15 replies.


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  • What is the best way to get the juice out of LIMES without a juicer?
    I am trying to make a lime Cherry juice I saw made on THE EArly Show this morning, but without a juicer I am having a terrible time getting the juice out of the limes. Any suggestions?

    Thanks
    Ann
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  • RE: What is the best way to get the juice out of LIMES without a juicer?
    I will post the recipe if it turns out good!!
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  • RE: What is the best way to get the juice out of LIMES without a juicer?
    The best way to get juice out of limes without an electric juicer is using a over the bowl type juicer (know what I mean??).

    Cut limes in half. Twist on juicer thingy to break the pulp, but don't grind like you might lemons or oranges. Then squeeze the limes to get as much juice as possible out. If need be go back to juicer thingy another time. Do not grind on that thing so much that you get down to the pithy stuff.

    You may also just have dry limes. The best juice limes have smooth skin. The bumpy ones tend to be dry.

    My father-in-law lectured both dh and myself on the proper way to juice a lime. LOL. He always did his by hand until 4 years ago when he had an accident that left him with less fingers than are intended....now he uses an electric. (I personally love my juicer. $9.99 from Target.)

    Hope this helps.
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  • RE: What is the best way to get the juice out of LIMES without a juicer?
    I roll them back and forth pretty hard on the counter, then cut and squeeze by hand just as hard as I can. You can also use a spoon and smooosh as much juice as possible, with the lime in (e.g.) a wide soup bowl. You lose some, but then you can pop it into your mouth and get the rest!! :-)
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  • RE: What is the best way to get the juice out of LIMES without a juicer?
    Have you tried microwaving them for about 20 seconds? That seems to work really well.
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    Lucy
  • RE: What is the best way to get the juice out of LIMES without a juicer?
    I freeze mine and when I thaw them and roll them on the counter you get more juice. Be sure to wash the skin so you can use a zester to get zest and leave it out to dry for recipes calling for lime zest. If you don't have a bowl squeezer just do like the chefs on TV and squeeze them over your hand to catch the seeds.
    Hope this helps.
    BJ
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  • RE: What is the best way to get the juice out of LIMES without a juicer?
    I don't have a juicer,but I got a new garlic press and cut the lime in half and press each half. It is really easy.Sally
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  • RE: What is the best way to get the juice out of LIMES without a juicer?
    I have one of those wooden fruit poker/twister things...they are great and the absolute best for key limes! And they last forever, too.
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  • RE: What is the best way to get the juice out of LIMES without a juicer?
    I have seen them do this on cooking shows, cut the lime in half and use a long pair of tongs. Just put one half of the lime between the handles part of the tongs and sweeze.
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  • RE: What is the best way to get the juice out of LIMES without a juicer?
    Well I used a combination of things. The microwave tricked worked great! I used 15 lime for 2 cups of juice. The recipe turned out great! Thanks for the help.

    Here is the recipe
    Cherry-Lime Raspado

    Ingredients
    2 Cups fresh lime juice
    2 Cups sugar
    4 Cups water
    3 Cups fresh Bing cherries

    Method
    In a medium sauce pot, bring sugar and water to a simmer.
    Allow time to cool; add lime juice.
    Refrigerate.

    Raspado: Take 4 cups of the limeade mixture and combine with 2 cups fresh, seeded bing cherries. Puree in blender until smooth.
    Strain; pour liquid into a rectangle baking dish and freeze.
    Once frozen, using a fork, scrape the ice to create "shaved ice."

    To serve: Fill glasses with cherry-lime raspado. Pour remaining limeade over the top to fill the glass. Garnish with fresh Bing cherry halves.
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  • RE: What is the best way to get the juice out of LIMES without a juicer?
    and some more from the site

    Iced Green Tea With Fresh Strawberries

    Ingredients
    1 Cup green tea leaves
    2 Quarts water
    2 Cups sugar
    1/2 Cup fresh lemon juice
    2 Cups sliced strawberries

    Method
    Bring sugar and water to a simmer; remove from heat and add tea leaves.
    Allow time to cool; add lemon juice and strawberries.
    Refrigerate and serve chilled over ice.

    Hibiscus Lemonade- Jamaica Con Limon

    Ingredients
    2 Cups hibiscus flowers (aka Jamaica)
    2 Qts. water
    4 Cups sugar
    2 Cups fresh lemon juice
    1 Bunch fresh mint
    2 Lemons cut into rings
    Ice.

    Method
    Bring Hibiscus, water and sugar to a simmer.
    Remove from heat and allow time to cool.
    Strain liquid; add lemon juice and refrigerate.
    Add mint leaves and lemon rings; pour into a large pitcher filled with lots of ice.

    Watermelon Agua Fresca - Sandia

    Ingredients
    5 Lb. Watermelon cut into cubes
    1 Cup fresh lime juice
    4 Cups simple syrup (see method)
    2 Ice cube trays
    30 Cubes of watermelon for ice cubes

    Method
    Press watermelon cubes through a fine mesh strainer to yield approx. 2 QTS. Fresh watermelon juice; add fresh lime juice and simple syrup.
    Refrigerate.

    Simple Syrup
    Bring 2 cups water and 2 cups sugar to a simmer and allow time to cool.

    Ice Cubes
    Cut watermelon into cubes to fit in each section of the cube tray; leave a little unfilled space.
    Pour some of the watermelon mixture until each cube is full.
    Freeze.

    Serve chilled; pouring Agua Fresca over watermelon ice cubes.
    Garnish with a fresh lime wedge.

    Iced Green Tea With Fresh Strawberries

    Ingredients
    1 Cup green tea leaves
    2 Quarts water
    2 Cups sugar
    1/2 Cup fresh lemon juice
    2 Cups sliced strawberries

    Method
    Bring sugar and water to a simmer; remove from heat and add tea leaves.
    Allow time to cool; add lemon juice and strawberries.
    Refrigerate and serve chilled over ice.
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  • RE: What is the best way to get the juice out of LIMES without a juicer?
    I also use the wooden twister thing. It is called a reamer, fox run makes one and it works beautifully. I think cook's illustrated said it is the best way to juice a lemon/lime.
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  • RE: What is the best way to get the juice out of LIMES without a juicer?
    Think I saw this on the food network,but microwave them for about 30 sec. then roll and press gently on countertop,then cut in half and squeeze over a bowl.Pat
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  • RE: What is the best way to get the juice out of LIMES without a juicer?
    This would probably work well for key limes also,as they are almost too small for a juicer! Pat
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  • RE: What is the best way to get the juice out of LIMES without a juicer?
    jeannief-lol
    I will remember the word "reamer"! If I would just think, that would make sense, but hard habits are hard to break-I think I have always called them a fruit poker...they are great little things tho, aren't they?
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