Preserved Lemons

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As I start to read this month’s choice for The Cookbook Guru I realise very quickly that if I’m going to have any hope of doing this month’s book for The Cookbook Guru any justice then I needed to start at the beginning. You see, we are spending the month’s of March and April cooking from Paula Wolfert’s The Complete Book of Moroccan Food.  It’s a new area of food for me.  I’ve dabbled in it a little with Claudia Roden in previous month’s but this time there is no choice but to embrace the ingredients of this special and delicious cuisine.

And as I begin reading Wolfert’s book I learn very early on, given its pretty much the first recipe shared, that I HAVE to have preserved lemons for any future dishes that I created.  I’m not a stranger to preserved lemons but I’ve never made them from before. This is such a simple condiment to make, with few ingredients, and one that will keep on giving long after the 10 minutes that you spend creating it.

Paula Wolfert’s Preserved Lemons

  • 5 organic lemons
  • 1/3 cup good quality salt
  • 1/2 lemon juice

Steralise a large glass jar.  Wash the lemons and dry well. Roll and massage the lemons to release the juice.

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Cut the lemons into quarters from the top back towards the stem end leaving a 1cm bit remaining. The lemon will open up like a flower. Rub a generous amount of salt into the inside of lemons and then close them back up. Place each lemon into the jar and sprinkle with salt before adding the next lemon.

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Make sure that the jar is filled with lemon juice before sealing. Place the lemons in a warm location, turning the jar daily, for a minimum of 30 days.

When using the lemons, ensure that you rinse them first to remove the salt, and in most cases unless a recipe specifically calls for it, remove the flesh and pith, just using the skin.

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. Wow- I love cooking with preserved lemons and it actually seems surprisingly easy to make them at home. I will definitely need to give this a try 🙂


    1. Leah says:

      Oh do, I couldn’t believe how easy they are. Only a week left in my brewing to see what the end result is like 🙂

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  2. Leah says:

    Reblogged this on The Cookbook Guru and commented:
    A classic and essential part of Moroccan cooking, make sure you check out this post on how to make preserved lemons.

    Happy Reading and Happy Cooking,



  3. They are a staple in my kitchen! And, I agree, very easy to make at home. The commercial ones are ridiculously expensive. Thanks for posting.


  4. I always have some in the fridge that I have made from a friend’s lemon tree. So nice to make your own.


    1. Leah says:

      Homegrown lemons…awesome!


  5. thehungrymum says:

    yes! need to do this! The flavour of preserved lemons is amazing.


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