Preserving lemons is easy, and the gently perfumed end result is well worth the minor effort. All that's needed is lemons, some pint canning jars, kosher salt, olive oil and patience. If you want to add an additional layer of flavor, cloves, cardamom pods, or cinnamon sticks can be packed in the jars along with the lemons.
- 2 pounds Meyer Lemons (about 5-7)
- ½ cup of kosher salt
- Olive oil
Cut all but one of the lemons into eight wedges and get rid of any seeds. Combine the wedges and the salt in a bowl and toss well to coat. Pack into 2 pint jars, tightly, pressing on them as you pack to extract the juices. Squeeze the juice from the remaining lemon and pour over the jars evenly.
Set jars aside for one week at room temperature, shaking gently once a day. After the week is up, pour olive oil onto any remaining space at the top of the jars and refrigerate. The lemons will keep 6 months to a year in the fridge.
Below are some links to some fantastic sounding recipes using Preserved Lemons:
Roast Chicken with Preserved Lemons from The New York Times
Braised Lamb Shank with Preserved Lemons from The New York Times
Israeli Couscous with Roasted Butternut Squash & Preserved Lemon from Gourmet Magazine
Preserved Lemon and Olive Mayonnaise from Bon Appetit
Italian Tuna and Shaved Fennel Sandwich with Black Olive Paste from Epicurious
Buffalo Mozzarella with Preserved Lemon and Crispy Basil Leaves from Donna Hay