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Preserved lemons

Preserved lemons

For this recipe, the lemons are sliced first (this makes them easier to use later), then salted to drain off the juice before being bottled in herb-flavoured olive oil.

These preserved lemons can be used in all sorts of dishes, especially with fish and poultry.

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Last modified on: December 2nd 2012

For 1 jar, you will need:

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PreparationStart to finish
12 hours 36 min.12 hours 36 min.
Preservation: Several months.
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Step by step recipe

Stage 1
5 min.
Preserved lemons : Photo of step #1 Wash 1 kg lemon.

As the peel will be left on, it is important to use organic lemons, or to scrub each lemon thoroughly at least.
Stage 2
8 min.
Preserved lemons : Photo of step #2 Trim off both ends of each lemon, then slice them. Use a mandolin if you have one; it's ideal for this job.
Stage 3
10 min.
Preserved lemons : Photo of step #3 Spread a fine layer of coarse salt in a large dish, lay lemon slices flat in the bottom, then scatter more salt over.
Stage 4
12 hours
Preserved lemons : Photo of step #4 Continue like this with all the lemons.

Cover with plastic film and refrigerate overnight.
Stage 5
Preserved lemons : Photo of step #5 The next day you will see that the lemons have given off juice, but that the salt has not completely dissolved.
Stage 6
5 min.
Preserved lemons : Photo of step #6 Remove the remaining salt from each lemon slice with a brush...
Stage 7
5 min.
Preserved lemons : Photo of step #7 ...and pack them into a jar.

Slip sprigs of your chosen herbs and peppercorns in between the slices as you go.
Stage 8
3 min.
Preserved lemons : Photo of step #8 Cover completely with olive oil.
Stage 9
Preserved lemons : Photo of step #9 Seal the jar and leave for 3 months.
Stage 10
Preserved lemons : Photo of step #10 After this, the lemons will be preserved by the oil and you can begin to use them as and when you need.
Stage 11
Preserved lemons : Photo of step #11 It is worth noting that the oil in the jar will take on the flavour and you can use this as well. For example, it makes an amazing french dressing (vinaigrette)

Remarks

You can use any herbs you like or have to hand. Similarly, the quantities of salt and oil are simply for guidance. If you take out some of the oil, be sure not to leave the lemons in the jar uncovered, or they will turn mouldy.

You can scald the herbs before using them, as in the herb olive oil recipe.

Nutritional information

% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 1 jar : 5.81 €

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Fish fillet with preserved lemons
Fish fillet with preserved lemons
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  • I would love to try making these, jh. They would make great gifts too! Thanks for sharing...I'm going on holiday to visit my daughter for the holidays. Just in case I don't "see" you before then, Merry Christmas to you and yours!!! Louise
    Posted by Louise december 4th 2012 at 20:45 (n° 1)

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