Preserved Lemons- top shot
Preserved Lemons- top shot

Preserved lemons are the type of things I always see in Middle Eastern cookbooks. They make photo shoots within kitchens appear so carefree and colorful and I think, 'Seriously, how have I never experienced preserved lemons?'. Or 'Yes I DO think I need a fire pit in my kitchen.'

For this month's Recipe Redux, we were challenged to try a recipe for fermented foods. Preserved lemons are a naturally fermented food which can aid in digestion, as well as a powerful source of vitamin C. S,o pretty kitchen addition? Anti-Scurrvy food? Easy recipe? I say make it now.

Preserved Lemons

Ingredients:

  • 3 lemons
  • 1/4 t salt
preserved lemon ingredients
preserved lemon ingredients

Wash lemons and slice off the pointed ends. Cut lemons into 1/8 th wedges and sprinkle salt over the surface . Put in jar and muddle after a few minutes.

Preserved Lemon slices
Preserved Lemon slices

 As you muddle, the juice must cover lemons completely. If you do not have enough juice, juice a lemon separately and add the liquid to the jar. Allow to sit in a cool dark place for several days/ a week.

preserved lemons in jars
preserved lemons in jars

Preserved lemons are not sharp, bitter, or really all that lemon like after this process. They are a completely new, sweeter flavor that pairs well with chicken. You can even eat the peel!

Have you tried preserved lemons? How to you eat them?

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Dietitian Nutritionist. My husband Chris and I create food and beverage photos, videos, stopmotions and recipes. And they're really cool.