Preserved Lemons just make me feel happy! They add a huge punch of flavor to any dish.
The season for lemons is here, and what better way to celebrate this delicious seasonal produce than to make preserved lemons. I like to use Meyer lemons for this recipe, and here’s why…
What’s a Meyer Lemon?
It’s a variety of lemon that’s a bit more mild and less acidic than its famous yellow counterpart. The scent is almost a bit pine-y, and they taste a bit sweeter than regular lemons. Many people actually describe them as a hybrid between an orange and a lemon, and you’ll find them in season between December and April, so it’s best to pick them up when you see them in the market.
How to Make Preserved Lemons
This method of preserving is really quite simple: Combine sea salt and the juice of the lemons (along with the entire lemon flesh), let it sit at room temperature for a couple of weeks while it all ferments and then refrigerate for a condiment that can be use in myriad ways.
There are several ways to cut the lemons, depending on which recipe you look at but I like this one because the pieces are small, and it’s easy to grab just one if you need a small amount.
How Can You Use Preserved Lemons?
Preserved lemons feature predominantly in North African cuisine, their rinds chopped up and added to dishes to add a punch of flavor. Once the Meyer lemons are preserved, you remove a piece from the jar, rinse the extra salt away and slice or chop the rind. You can use the flesh, too or just toss it.
Add them to sauteed greens or cauliflower rice, toss into fresh salads, make a lemon butter sauce or throw into a crock pot chicken dish. Any way you can think of using lemons to add brightness to a recipe, you can substitute preserved Meyer lemons instead.
Can You Use Regular Lemons?
100% yes. Just be sure they are organic.
Preserved Lemons Recipe
Preserved lemons add a huge punch of flavor to so many meals, and they're incredibly simple to make. See how in this easy recipe!
- 8 lemons I like Meyer lemons but use what you can find
- 4 tbsp coarse sea salt
- 1 quart wide-mouth Mason jar
Wash the lemons and cut them into quarters.
Squeeze the juice of 6 quarters into the jar and pack the slices somewhat tightly into the bottom of the jar. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of sea salt.
Repeat with layers of lemons and salt until you reach the top of the jar. If the liquid doesn’t cover the lemons, squeeze a bit more juice into the jar.
Put the cap on and invert the jar a couple times to distribute the salt.
Put the jar in a dark place like a cupboard or pantry and let the lemons ferment for 2–3 weeks. Every few days, invert the jar a couple times and open the lid to release any pressure.
After 2–3 weeks, refrigerate the preserved Meyer lemons for up to a year.
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