Homemade lime juice is easy to make in a blender, and use in recipes and to make lime water. Fresh lime juice boosts immunity, protects eyes, and supports digestion. Store it easily in the refrigerator, or long term as ice cubes and use it to make my infused lime water. Plus an easy recipe for fruit-sweetened limeade.
Homemade Lime Juice
Homemade lime juice is easy to make with only limes and a blender, and made fresh is the most efficient way to help your body absorb potassium, vitamin C, disease-fighting antioxidants and even iron.
Use this lime juice recipe to make your daily lime water, and of course in any other drink recipes, popsicles, pies, muffins and actually any recipe that can benefit from the powerful flavor and nutrition of fresh lime.
Also read down below for a sweet Limeade recipe that I make using pears instead of sugar.
What is Lime Juice?
Lime juice is the liquid from a fresh squeezed lime of course. You can buy lime juice in a bottle but store-bought lime juice contains additives and preservatives, and sometimes chemicals to provide a stronger scent and color.
It's easy to make fresh in your blender. And keep it in a jar in the refrigerator, or freeze long term in ice cube rays.
How Healthy Are Limes?
Why would you want to make homemade lime juice? Because of the flavor and nutrition. Limes are sweeter than lemons, so often work better than their yellow cousin in some recipes.
Limes taste a bit sweeter due to their lower citric acid content [source].
And lime nutrition is a bit different from lemons. While both fruits are high in citric acid and thus vitamin C, limes are also higher in iron and other essential minerals. Limes also help the body absorb more calcium [source] which is great for bones, and have more vitamin A which supports skin and the immune system.
Benefits of Limes
Limes provide so many nutritional benefits, but here are the top three:
1. Limes support digestion by providing stimulating flavonoids, magnesium and potassium all of which help break down food and move it along through your system. [source]
2. Limes boost immune system because of high levels of vitamin C and antioxidants. Limes can also reduce heart disease, prevent kidney stones and support healthy skin. [source]
3. Limes support weight loss by stimulating the metabolism.[source]
How to Use Lime Juice Concentrate
There are so many ways to use your fresh lime juice concentrate. Here are a few ideas.
- Make warm lime water to drink each day [my lime water recipe]
- Make cold lime water to drink each day [my lime water recipe]
- Add to mixed drinks such as margaritas and cocktails
- Stir into smoothies or your morning yogurt
- Use to make infused waters in the summer
- Add to lime pie, cake and cookie recipes
- Use to make frozen treats such as popsicles or ice cream
How to Make Fresh Lime Juice Concentrate
Now that you know why you should make lime juice concentrate, let's learn how.
1. Wash 6 limes, slice off the peel and white pith to keep it from becoming bitter. Chop roughly and place into a blender.
2. Add 1 cup of water, and blend until cloudy. Some intact pieces can remain, they are probably peel.Pour the mixture through a strainer, pressing on mixture with a spoon to collect all the juices.
3. This makes about 1 cup concentrated fresh lime juice.
How to Avoid Bitter Lime Juice
1. Try to choose softer, lighter green limes. Hard and dark green will be more bitter. Also if available, limes with patches of yellow tend to be sweeter.
2. Cut off all peel and white pith.
3. Taste your lime concentrate and add a teaspoon of sweetener if need be. Choices are maple syrup, monk fruit syrup, and agave syrup. To make limeade, a sweet lime drink like lemonade, I give you a recipe below sweetened with ripe white peeled pears.
How to Store Lime Juice Concentrate
Store refrigerated for a month. To keep longer, freeze in ice cube trays, store cubes in a bag after frozen and use at will.
PRO-tip: Since we will be using some peel, be sure to buy organic limes since pesticides tend to infuse the peel of citrus fruits.
Don't Throw Those Citrus Peels Away
Instead, dry them and add 1 or 2 dried peels to any cup of tea to boost it's nutritional value. To dry them, remove as much of the white pith from the remaining peels. Dry them for 1 hour in a 200 F oven and store in a jar in a dry, dark place.
Make Lime Water With Fresh Lime Juice Concentrate
Visit my detailed Lime Water recipe here, but in general you'll add a few tablespoons of your fresh juice to water each day and drink it up to stimulate digestion and boost your immunity for the day.
Make Fruit-Sweetened Limeade
Once you have lime concentrate made, the options are endless. I love to use it to make a sweet refreshing limeade. However, I don't sweetened it with sugar - instead I use white pears.
To make my limeade, simply blend up 2 cups of water, ½ cup limeade, and 1 -2 peeled soft white pears. Serve over ice!
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Homemade Lime Juice
Homemade Lime Juice
- 6 limes organic
- 1 cup water
Make Homemade Lime Juice (or concentrate)
- Wash 6 limes, peel most of peel and pith off6 limes
- Chop roughly and place into a blender.
- TIP: Save peels to dry out later in the oven at 200 F for 1 hour. Add 1-2 pieces to cups of any tea.
- Add 1 cup of water to blender, and blend until cloudy. Some intact pieces can remain.1 cup water
- Pour the mixture through a strainer, pressing on mixture with a spoon to collect all the juices.
- Makes 1 cup of concentrate.
Store Lime Juice
- Store lime juice in the refrigerator in a jar, or freeze long term in ice cube trays.