I’m always amazed at just how tiny key limes are when compared to regular limes. It’s like comparing the size of robins’ eggs to chicken eggs. The recipe for these Key Lime Parfaits calls for 1/2 cup of key lime juice. I would have had to juice at least 12 key limes to get that much juice.
Have you ever tried to juice key limes? I did, once. It was comedic and I decided that I would NEVER try to do it again. Although the pie for which I juiced them was inspirational, I decided that once was enough. So, I cheated and used bottled key lime juice for these parfaits (she said unrepentantly.)
Oh, before I forget, here is a story to go along with the limes with which I was working for this recipe. I always wash my fruits and vegetables really well if I am gong to be using them raw. The contaminants on the peelings of fruits and vegetables is staggering. Anyway, I reached under the kitchen sink and took out the bottle of fruit and vegetable wash, poured a small amount on the limes and began to rub the soap into the lime skins.
I was thinking about all sorts of things and not really paying that much attention to what I was doing. Finally it occurred to me that something felt odd about the soap and the lime skins. There were no bubbles forming from the soap and the water from the tap was beading up on the limes and my hands and not washing off the soap.
After a few seconds, I looked back at the bottle of fruit wash. Everything looked okay, but clearly something was “off”.
Slowly it dawned on me that instead of fruit and vegetable wash, I had mistakenly grabbed the bottle of mineral oil that I use on some of my wooden kitchen utensils. I looked down at the limes and had to admit that they were gorgeous, all deep green and shiny; the perfect lime specimens. My hands looked pretty good, too.
Here’s one of several lessons which can be gleaned from this error: It is extremely difficult to remove mineral oil from both lime skin and human skin. Extremely difficult. It is difficult to the point of “forget about it; it ain’t gonna happen”.
Despite the mineral oil mishap and a few other unfortunate errors in judgement, I finally got the recipe for these Key Lime Parfaits just right. The pictures are marginal because someone messed up the camera settings and didn’t notice the problem until long after the sun had set. It may or may not be the same person who mixed up the mineral oil with the fruit and vegetable wash.