I have a wonderful key lime tree in my back yard, and it produces a ton of fruit at least twice a year. I suggest planting a lime tree, or lemon if you don’t have one and you live in the south. It is one of the few things that we get to grow down here that will flourish. I will have another blog post soon on all the things to use your lime juice for, but for now, I will just show you how to juice and can it to preserve it to use all year long.
Be sure to watch the video above for more instructions.
Step 1: Wash the limes thoroughly.
Step 2: Cut the limes in half
Step 3: Squeeze juice from the key limes
Step 4: Strain Juice, or filter
1. Ways to filter: Refrigerate for 24-48 hours, then carefully without mixing it pour off clear liquid and dispose of sediment. 2. Line your colander or sieve with several layers of cheesecloth or layers of coffee filters, keep in mind this may take a few hours. 3. Another even longer option is to use a jelly bag, pour hot juice into the jelly bag and let it drip, do not squeeze. I’m not patient enough for this process.
Step 6: Sterilize the jars, lids and rims in boiling water.
Step 7: Heat Lime juice to a boil
Step 8: Place sterilized jar on a clean towel, fill with lime juice 3/4″ from the top using a scoop and large mouth funnel.
Step 10: Lift lid from boiling water, place evenly on top of jar, lift rim, carefully screw it on to the jar.
Step 11: Place jars in boiling water in the canner with rack up, make sure they are sitting in at least 1 inch of water while you finish filling the rest of the jars.
Step 12: Lower the canning rack, submerging all the jars into the boiling water for 5 minute (8-10 for higher altitudes)
Step 13: Remove jars from canner, place on a clean towel several inches from each other.
1 colander full of key limes, filled about 7 half pint jars.