Saturday, May 23, 2009

Adventures in Key Lime

I could have also titled this post, “How to Get Arthritis at an Early Age.” But I decided to be more optimistic about my key lime pie endeavor.

Usually when I make key lime pie I use regular limes because I rarely time it right for key limes to be in season. But when I saw a bag of key limes on sale at the grocery store, I decided that I would, at long last, make this pie the right way.

“Long last” is accurate because it’s the last time I will use actual key limes. They are slightly larger than the size of a quarter. Do you know how insanely tedious it is to extract zest and especially juice from something that miniscule?

I started off trying to smash the limes against the top of the juicer and rock them back and forth with my hand, but that wasn’t getting me far. Then I settled on pinching each side with both thumbs and forefingers and twisting. It was the type of thing where I would have quit but I had gotten myself too far into the project and I was under a time crunch.

Key limes have a slightly “brighter” flavor than regular limes but it’s not a big enough difference for me to ever use them again.

By the way, this is the absolutely best key lime pie recipe known to mankind. It’s a frozen version by Ina Garten. And she even admits that she uses regular limes too. Ha!



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Rose said...

I bought some key limes on sale recently and faced the same dilemma, but found the perfect solution by juicing them in my garlic press. Worked like a charm! I agree, though, that the difference in taste wouldn't merit the effort.

Megan said...

Garlic presses are the key to a key lime pie. This is Kc's favorite pie, so I get to make it at least once a year for his birthday. I cut a key lime in 1/4 and put the pieces in a garlic press. It takes a bit of time, but it really works well.

Amy K said...

A garlic press is brilliant. But how do you keep the lime juice from tasting garlicky? Ew. Maybe if I try it again I'll have to really, really deep clean my garlic press, but I'm still skeptical that I can rid it of all garlic odors. Hmmm ... Thanks to both of you for the tip, though. :)

Kevin Swan said...

It was so good, it was worth you getting arthritis.

Megan said...

I don't know. I have a Pampered Chef press and it has this cool little plastic thingy that cleans out all the holes of the press. But my juice has never tasted garlicky to my knowledge.

Seth said...

I have the perfect solution. You buy two garlic presses - one for garlic and the other for key limes :)