Preserved lemons

preserved lemons

preserved lemons

Lemons are in season and I have friends and family whose trees are bursting this year with fruit. I found out this fact when a friend  said to me the other day that she has lemons on her tree and would I like some?

Lemons are one of my favourite fruits, so I obviously said “great, I love them”! When I caught up with her this week she handed me a laundry basket completely full to the brim with lemons!!!!!!! What do I do with that many lemons? There would have to be 70 of them.

So here is my quest, I want to not waste one of these lemons. So I’m going to try to come up with as many ideas/recipes until I’ve used them all.

The first thing I always think of when I have lemons is preserving them ( occasionally I’ll think of margaritas! ). I have many recipes for them, but I chose this one from Jamie Oliver’s book “Jamie does Spain etc”.


                           JAMIE OLIVERS PRESERVED LEMONS

                                              10 small lemons

                                           200g coarse sea salt

                                         2 fresh bay leaves ( I used dry)

                                             7 black peppercorns

                                              2 sticks of cinnamon.

Sterilise a 1 litre jar and lid ( place a freshly washed and dry jar in a oven set at 100 C for about 30 mins ). Place the rubber  seal in boiling water, cool everything completely. Don’t touch the inside of the jar or lid.

Now for the lemons, squeeze 5 lemons and put juice to the side. Cut a deep cross at the top of each lemon about 3/4 down, making sure lemons stayed joined.  Pack a teaspoon of salt into each lemon then push the lemons back together.

Pop them into the jar, layering them up with the rest of the salt, the bay leaves, the cinnamon sticks and the peppercorns. Pour in the juice and then top up with water. Put on the lid and seal tightly, leave for a month in a cool dark spot, giving the jar a gentle shake every few days.

Deseed and cut finely and use with salads, rice dishes, stews, tagines etc. Your imagination is your only limit to its many uses.

Thanks Jamie.

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3 Responses to Preserved lemons

  1. Donna says:

    Very nice, i suggest Admin can set up a forum, so that we can talk and communicate.

  2. Brian says:

    Much appreciated for the information and share!

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