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    You know at the grocery store you see the plastic bottle shaped like a lemon or a lime? Can I use this? Is it straight lemon / lime juice, or does it have "junk" in it? I ask, because it's a pain in the patuty to try and squeeze lemons &/or limes in order to get a decent amount for marinades. And did I mention the cost difference?

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    check the ingredients. I use some bottled or canned stuff, but not much.
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    • #3
      The little lemon / lime shaped bottles in the produce section state that it pure lemon / lime juice?

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      • #4
        I bought some. It didn't make sense to me to spend 50 cents or more on a lime or a lemon to squirt the juice on a dollar's worth of avocado, when I could get a bottle of it for about $2.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by belinda View Post
          I bought some. It didn't make sense to me to spend 50 cents or more on a lime or a lemon to squirt the juice on a dollar's worth of avocado, when I could get a bottle of it for about $2.
          My thoughts exactly! And when you do squeeze the lime, you only get an ounce (if that) out of it, and then you are throwing the rest away!

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          • #6
            We use it in a pinch, but it doesn't taste quite as fresh. Volatile, oils, yada yada.
            Only an ounce from a lime?! Try a lemon squeezer. Between that and a reamer, we can usually get a good quarter of a cup out of a decent lime. You hafta abuse the lime before squeezing it though. Roll it on the counter, squeeze it, etc.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by naiadknight View Post
              We use it in a pinch, but it doesn't taste quite as fresh. Volatile, oils, yada yada.
              Pretty much! I keep it around in case of emergency, but prefer to squeeze it fresh. Sometimes I get lazy and do half fresh half bottled.
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              • #8
                i use that Santa Cruz organic bottled lime/lemon juice from WF. I know fresh would be better but I always end up throwing out limes and lemons b/c i bought too much. Easier to just keep the bottled stuff in the fridge. I think it tastes fine, tho i'm sure fresh would be better.

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                • #9
                  I prefer regular limes and lemons sometimes, because in some recipes I add the zest too, and you can't get that from a bottle. And yes, fresh is definitely tastier, but I sometimes compromise for price's sake.
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                  • #10
                    It's concentrated, but I always keep it in case I don't have any fresh on hand.
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                    • #11
                      It won't taste as fresh as a real lime. However if you add a spritz of fresh lime it will taste fresh. Its the weirdest thing. I think they are great for recipes that call for alot of lime juice - just buy one lime and use your concentrate for the rest.

                      By the way this seems to work for any fruit. I used to work in a restaurant that made fruit smoothies from pre-packaged syrup/fruit pulp. They never tasted quite right until you added real fruit. A single slice of apple would do it.

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                      • #12
                        Ick, I don't like those little bottled juices. Whatever they put in as the preservative just makes them taste nasty to me.
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