Preserved Lemons

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Shadowgirlau
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Preserved Lemons

Postby Shadowgirlau » Mon Jun 09, 2014 3:59 pm

Hi,
After 6 yrs my poor little lemon tree has finally given us a bumper crops of lemons albeit a little on the small side. I love preserved lemons so this will be the first time in several years that I have been able to put up some preserved lemons. I thought you might like to hear how I went about it.

To make 2 jars of preserved lemons I used -

1kg lemons (if you buy them they should be unwaxed)
150gm good quality sea salt (this makes a difference)
1 tsp black or pink whole peppercorns
3-4 bay leaves
1 tsp coriander seeds (optional)

First wash the lemons and set aside 3 or 4 depending on size. These will be used later to juice.
Using a sharp knife you should then quarter the remaining lemons with out cutting them all the way through so they remain intact at the ends. Rub the sea salt into the cut surfaces of each lemon and pack the lemon into sterilized wide mouthed jars. Sprinkle the remaining salt over the lemons in jars followed by the peppercorns and coriander then divide the bay leaves between the two jars.
Squeeze the lemon juice from the reserved lemons over the salted lemons. At this stage the lemons in the jars should be covered with liquid and if they are not then top up with a little water. Seal the jars with vinegar proof lids and set aside. Leave for at least 4 weeks before using so the rind has time to soften.
To use the lemons remove from jars and rinse under running water. Scoop out flesh and discard or puree for use in dressings. Use the salted rind whole, sliced, chopped or diced. Make sure the remaining lemons in the jar remain covered with liquid. Once opened the jars must be stored in the fridge and used with in 12 months.

As they keep so well I find I only need to make two jars for our own home use so these are not something I make in bulk.
The recipe was given to me by a friend from the UK many years ago when I was visiting so I am unable to attribute this to any one person.

Cheers
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Shadowgirlau
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Re: Preserved Lemons, what else?

Postby Shadowgirlau » Mon Jun 09, 2014 4:06 pm

As my poor little tree is giving me drier lemons this year I am not sure I will be able to put up as many bottles of lemon squash or cordial as some call it. I love home made squash finding that the home made version quite knocks the socks off of those commercially produced alternatives. Have put up a few more jars of preserved lemon to add to the gift baskets I intend making for people this Christmas.
My orange tree is coming into its own as well so maybe I will change my recipe up add some oranges and lemons together and make a St Clemens squash maybe?

Any other ideas people?

Cheers
Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.
- John Lennon

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Re: Preserved Lemons

Postby minnie » Thu Feb 26, 2015 1:37 pm

That's a tree I have to get in soon, before I die I'd like lemons. ;)

Lemons and Limes a must have in the garden.

We've spent every bean feeding cattle since moving and fencing, but now we've taken stock numbers down and getting back to basics and a lemon tree is on my list.

I love homemade as well, Kathleen.

Vicki

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Re: Preserved Lemons

Postby Shadowgirlau » Thu Apr 02, 2015 10:09 am

Well I put up some preserved lemons and also made a batch of lemon butter though I did have to add some juice from another source (my friends lemons) as mine were a little drier than I would have liked. This year I have tendered more love and care on my little tree in the hope that I will receive an even better return next time. :)
Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.
- John Lennon


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