Simple Preserved Lemons Recipes

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PRESERVED LEMONS



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This is Paula Wolfert's original recipe from her 1973 book "Couscous and Other Good Food From Morocco," but I leave out the warm spices like cinnamon and cardamom so that the flavors are adaptable. The brightness of this pickle has lately elbowed its way out of Morocco's tagines. New York chefs add the minced peel to salads and garnish fried seafood with it; the cured-lemon flavor is particularly friendly to salmon, carrots, olives, parsley and potatoes. The lemony brine is great in a bloody mary.

Provided by Julia Moskin

Categories     condiments

Time 15m

Number Of Ingredients 4

9 organic lemons
Kosher salt
1 heaping teaspoon black peppercorns
2 bay leaves

Steps:

  • Scrub 3 to 5 organic lemons, enough to fit snugly in a medium jar with a tight-fitting lid (have 2 to 4 more ready on the side). Slice each lemon from the top to within 1/2 inch of the bottom, almost cutting them into quarters but leaving them attached at one end. Rub kosher salt over the cut surfaces, then reshape the fruit. Cover the bottom of the jar with more kosher salt. Fit all the cut lemons in, breaking them apart if necessary. Sprinkle salt on each layer.
  • Press the lemons down to release their juices. Add to the jar the peppercorns and bay leaves, then squeeze the additional lemons into the jar until juice covers everything.
  • Close the jar and let ripen at cool room temperature, shaking the jar every day for 3 to 4 weeks, or until the rinds are tender to the bite. Then store it in the refrigerator.
  • To use, remove a piece of lemon and rinse it. (Add more fresh lemons to the brine as you use them up.) The minced rind is added at the very end of cooking or used raw; the pulp can be added to a simmering pot.

Nutrition Facts : @context http, Calories 81, UnsaturatedFat 0 grams, Carbohydrate 26 grams, Fat 1 gram, Fiber 8 grams, Protein 3 grams, SaturatedFat 0 grams, Sodium 612 milligrams, Sugar 7 grams

PRESERVED LEMONS



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Tangy slivers of preserved lemon make wonderful additions to rice and pasta dishes and salads, as well as adding zest to chicken and fish.

Provided by THOMASSHERBOURNE

Categories     100+ Everyday Cooking Recipes

Time P7DT15m

Yield 32

Number Of Ingredients 4

4 large lemons, cut into 8 wedges each
¾ cup kosher salt
1 cup lemon juice
¾ cup olive oil

Steps:

  • Toss the lemon slices in kosher salt to coat, and place them into a sterile 2 quart glass jar. Pour in the lemon juice, cover tightly, and let stand on the counter for 1 week. Turn the jar over daily. At the end of the week, top the jar off with enough olive oil to cover the lemons. This will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 months.
  • To use, pull the lemon pulp from the peel, and scrape out the pith to leave only the yellow rind. Julienne, and add to your favorite dish for a lemony zing.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 49.5 calories, Carbohydrate 2.2 g, Fat 5.1 g, Fiber 0.7 g, Protein 0.2 g, SaturatedFat 0.7 g, Sodium 2135.5 mg, Sugar 0.2 g

PRESERVED LEMONS



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Preserved lemons, sold loose in the souks, are one of the indispensable ingredients of Moroccan cooking, used in fragrant lamb and vegetable tagines, recipes for chicken with lemons and olives , and salads.

Provided by Paula Wolfert

Categories     Citrus     Condiment     Lemon     Spice

Yield Serves 6; makes about 1 1/2 cups

Number Of Ingredients 13

5 lemons
1/4 cup salt, more if desired
Optional Safi mixture:
1 cinnamon stick
3 cloves
5 to 6 coriander seeds
3 to 4 black peppercorns
1 bay leaf
Freshly squeezed lemon juice, if necessary
EQUIPMENT:
Shallow bowl
Sterile 1-pint mason jar
Sharp knife

Steps:

  • 1. If you wish to soften the peel, soak the lemons in lukewarm water for 3 days, changing the water daily.
  • 2. Quarter the lemons from the top to within 1/2 inch of the bottom, sprinkle salt on the exposed flesh, then reshape the fruit.
  • 3. Place 1 tablespoon salt on the bottom of the mason jar. Pack in the lemons and push them down, adding more salt, and the optional spices between layers. Press the lemons down to release their juices and to make room for the remaining lemons. (If the juice released from the squashed fruit does not cover them, add freshly squeezed lemon juice - not chemically produced lemon juice and not water.*) Leave some air space before sealing the jar.
  • 4. Let the lemons ripen in a warm place, shaking the jar each day to distribute the salt and juice. Let ripen for 30 days. To use, rinse the lemons, as needed, under running water, removing and discarding the pulp, if desired - and there is no need to refrigerate after opening. Preserved lemons will keep up to a year, and the pickling juice can be used two or three times over the course of a year.
  • According to the late Michael Field, the best way to extract the maximum amount of juice from a lemon is to boil it in water for 2 or 3 minutes and allow it to cool before squeezing.
  • Paula Wolfert shares her tips with Epicurious:
  • •Located on Morocco's Atlantic coast, south of Casablanca and north of Essaouira, the city of Safi is known for its seafood specialties. •To most closely approximate the flavor of Moroccan lemons, Wolfert recommends Meyer lemons for this recipe. This lemon/mandarin orange hybrid, in season in January and February, has yellow-orange flesh, a smooth rind, and a sweeter flavor than other lemons. •To sterilize a mason jar for the lemons, place it upside down in a steamer and steam for 10 minutes. Using tongs (wrap the ends in rubber bands for a better grip), remove the hot jar and dry it upside down on a paper towel-lined baking sheet in a warm oven. To sterilize the jar's top, boil it in water for 5 minutes, then remove with tongs. For more information on home canning, click here. •When you're ready to use a lemon, remove it with clean utensils to avoid contaminating the inside of the jar with bacteria. This way, the remaining contents of the jar will not need to be refrigerated.

QUICK PRESERVED LEMONS



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Provided by Alton Brown

Time P8D

Yield 1 pint

Number Of Ingredients 2

4 lemons, scrubbed and dried, plus the juice of 1 lemon, if necessary
40 grams kosher salt

Steps:

  • Trim the ends off the lemons. Slice each lemon into 8 wedges, removing any seeds as you go. Reserve as much of the juice as possible.
  • Layer the lemon wedges in a wide-mouthed 16-ounce canning jar, covering each layer with salt. Pack the jar as tightly as possible, pressing down to release the lemons' juice as you go and leaving about 1/4 inch of headspace in the jar.
  • Cover the wedges with the reserved lemon juice from the cutting board and the ends. If your lemons do not release a significant amount of juice, top off the jar with the juice of another lemon.
  • Stash in the refrigerator for 4 days, then flip the jar over and age another 4 days before sampling. The peel should be nice and soft. Rinse before using.

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Top Asked Questions

What can you do with preserved lemons?
This easy preserved lemon recipe is a great addition to chicken, fish, sauces, and many ethnic and middle eastern dishes. With preserved lemons, you can eat the entire lemon without any bitterness from the lemon rind. This easy preserved lemon recipe is a great addition to many recipes.
How do you preserve lemon rinds?
Remove the pulp. Thinly slice or chop the preserved lemon rind to use in a recipe. Preserved lemons can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 6 months. Experiment with adding spices to the preserved lemons—cardamom, vanilla, cloves, coriander seeds, cinnamon stick, bay leaf, peppercorns.
How do you can lemons?
Gently pull open the lemons and sprinkle well with kosher salt, inside and out. Put the prepared lemons in your canning jar and press them down so that their juices come out and rise to the top.
How do you clean lemons in a jar?
Use wooden utensils to remove the lemons as needed. Sometimes you will see a sort of lacy, white substance clinging to preserved lemons in their jar; it is perfectly harmless, but should be rinsed off for aesthetic reasons just before the lemons are used. Preserved lemons are rinsed, in any case, to rid them of their salty taste.

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