Lemons & Limes With Vinegar & Salt Brine

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 10 mins

This recipe gives you fruit to use in recipes, drinks or cut up and eat. The plus is a citrus vinegar to add to salad dressings or marinate meats and fish. This vinegar can be used in cake mixes such as "crazy cake or add a little in a lemon cake, if you wish.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Also will need 1 glass jar, gallon size, with lid.
  2. Hit the lemons and limes on all sides of the counter top, bruising them but not breaking the skin. Set aside.
  3. In saucepan heat the vinegar and salt, stir until dissolved, cool slightly.
  4. On a cutting board with raised edges, slice each fruit into wedges, limes 4 wedges, lemons could be up to 6 wedges. Remove seeds.
  5. Place in the jar with the bay leaves. Add the heated liquid.
  6. Stir around with a large wooden spoon.
  7. Add more white vinegar to cover.
  8. Place a piece of waxed paper over the jar.
  9. and then screw on the lid. The waxed paper will be between the lid and the jar.
  10. Sit on the counter top for about a day,.
  11. then refrigerate. Use after 3 days.
  12. Cooking time is only heating the salt and vinegar.


Most Helpful

A fabulous recipe for lemon and lime lovers! This is an excellent condiment - an unusual way to preserve lemons and limes. It makes a refeshing citrus water by adding a tsp of the vinegar and half a sliced lemon to the glass. I also used the vinegar on a salad along with a sliced-up lemon and olive oil. It's delicious sprinkled over rice that has been sauteed with onions. To the brine I added four cardamon pods. Many possibilities. Thanks MHS.

Kathy228 November 07, 2009

This was not "good" as 3 stars indicates, but maybe the problems with it were my fault? I was so intrigued by the recipe I made it 2 weeks ago. It smelled heavenly! In my mind, it was full of vinegar, so I can ignore the directions regarding length of time in the fridge. Right? ...maybe not. Today I took it out - LOVED the smell, but tried a teaspoon full. OH MY GOSH! bitter!!!! I couldn't get the taste out of my mouth! I dumped the whole thing - but wondered - did the lemon & lime rinds make it bitter? Maybe...

JWS July 04, 2013

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