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Old 12-07-2007, 10:28 AM   #1
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Do you use fresh lemons/limes?

I have heard that using fresh lemons / limes in drinks is way better than using the stuff found in the little bottles (the ones shaped like lemons/limes). Usually I just use this bottled stuff because if I just want a quick drink or something I don't feel like getting out a cutting board and knife and juicing the lemon. And then it is more annoying to measure the right amount and what if the drink you want needs more than one lemon worth of juice (how much juice is usually in a lemon or lime, anyways?). So I am asking how many of you use fresh lemons/limes and juice them for each drink versus just using the stuff in the bottle.

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Old 12-07-2007, 10:33 AM   #2
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IMO the bottled stuff tastes nothing at all like real lemon or lime juice. I never use it.
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Old 12-07-2007, 10:35 AM   #3
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Old 12-07-2007, 10:36 AM   #4
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Just out of curiosity, when you make a drink, do you just squeeze the lemon juice into the drink or do you actually try to measure it out or what?
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Old 12-07-2007, 10:36 AM   #5
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I don't often make drinks requiring lemon or lime but when I do, or for cooking that matter, I use the real fruit. Once juiced, I will use the rest in other dishes/drinks while I have it - get some oysters in, do a cerviche, make some salmon tartare... that sort of thing.

In my youth I bought the bottles but they went off as well waiting for me to use them up so it works out cheaper to just grab some fresh fruit when you need it.

As to the accuracy of the juice, in truth it is all to taste anyway, so the more often you use the fruit, the better you get the "feel" for the quantity without having to measure.

I also don't use a chopping board unless doing a bulk of fruit - just a cheap knife on the sink. Does the job, quick rinse and the lemon juice is good for the drains anyway!! LOL
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Old 12-07-2007, 10:41 AM   #6
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Always Fresh!!! Period. Oh Wait..there is a bottled Key Lime juice I have used for Key Liime Pie...What is the name of it??? Rats! I'm having a Sr. moment. I'll think of it.
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Old 12-07-2007, 10:51 AM   #7
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Fresh without a doubt. The bottles stuff is NOT even close.

As for measuring, I don't measure. I just take a guess.
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Old 12-07-2007, 11:01 AM   #8
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Always Fresh!!! Period. Oh Wait..there is a bottled Key Lime juice I have used for Key Liime Pie...What is the name of it??? Rats! I'm having a Sr. moment. I'll think of it.
It's Nellie & Joe's Key Lime Juice I use sometimes. I can't always get fresh Key limes for pie....See I did think of it.


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Old 12-07-2007, 11:07 AM   #9
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The only time I would ever use bottled citrus juice is the Nellies & Joes Key Lime.

There are ALWAYS lemons in my keeper drawer in the fridge.
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Old 12-07-2007, 11:11 AM   #10
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You can buy frozen lemon juice, which is much better than the icky stuff in bottles.

I buy a bunch of lemons or limes on sale, juice them and freeze the juice myself. If you do it in ice cube trays, and dump the cubes into a bag, you can use the amount you need, no trouble.

Be sure to zest some of them, and freeze that, too. Really adds a zing to dishes.
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