How much juice in a lime?
Q: Dear Hope: I was just wondering, how many limes
should I buy to get 1/4 cup of lime juice, or can I just use
that lime juice in the plastic lime?
A: Oh boy, there are so many variants here! How much
juice you get from 1 lime is dependent on its size and just how
juicy it is--some are so dry you can barely get a few drops from
them. The heavier the lime, the more juice it is likely to contain.
You should be able to get 1/4 cup of lime juice from 2 to 3 limes.
You can use the "lime juice"
that comes in those little plastic limes, but the taste is inferior
and does not come close to fresh lime juice. Personally, I wouldn't
use it even in a pinch.
A good rule-of-thumb is that
if a recipe calls for the juice of 1 lime, it is asking for about