I heard about preserved lemons on a cooking show a few weekends back and felt motivated to try them. Basically, you put lemons and salt in a jar with lots of lemon juice and let it sit for one month. My kind of recipe!! The radio talk show host discussed in length all the different things you could do with preserved lemons and the juice: marinades, salad dressings, sauces, sprinkle it on chicken or potatoes, etc. I was intrigued and decided to try it. I found many recipes on how to construct this apparently life changing stuff, and in the end went with this one from the radio show that I was listening to when I first heard of them. I liked the idea of “sil gris” (or gray sea salt) over regular salt. Made me feel special to use such a fancy ingredient (doesn’t take much to impress me!). My dad picked this up at All Spice for me…$8 for a big bag (I used about half).
I did not add the optional Juniper Berries because I have no idea what they are or where to get them….and I didn’t want them to go to waste should this incredibly simple recipe not turn out how I hope (which may very well be the case – since I am one of those “the easier it is, the more likely I am to mess it up” people). So far, preserved lemons = easy as can be!
Step 1: Wash lemons.
Step 6: Wait 4 weeks, agitating daily and adding more juice, should the lemons become exposed.
*tick tock tick tock*
My note on this recipe so far are this:
1) Get more than 8 lemons if you use the same side jar that I did. I crammed about 8 lemons in the jar, but used the juice of another 5 lemons to fill the jar.
2) Pick lemons that are more long and narrow than round and fat. I had a hard time getting mine into the jar, so I cut some of them in half and shoved them in. I hope this doesn’t completely ruin the whole thing! (But how could it really?)
4) If you have any little cuts on your hands for whatever reason, you might want to slap on a pair of rubber gloves first!
Anyone ever cooked with this stuff before? I’m dying to hear some first hand accounts. 🙂