Overnight Preserved Lemons

"Recipe from Seriously Simple by D.R. Worthington. Cooking time is overnight."
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Ready In:
12hrs 30mins
6 lemons




  • Juice 6 of the lemons and set the juice aside.
  • Partially quarter each of the remaining lemons so they stay together at the stem end.
  • Pack about 2 t salt into the center of each lemon, re-form the lemons and place in a large zip-lock plastic bag.
  • Cover the lemons halfway with salt. Add the reserved juice.
  • Pack the lemons tightly in the bag, squeeze out any air and close the bag.
  • Freeze overnight.
  • Remove the lemons from the freezer, defrost and use for cooking.
  • Pack any unused lemons tightly into a mason jar, adding lemon juice and enough salt to cover the lemons.
  • Refrigerate until using. (She says they keep for 6 months, most recipes say 1 year).
  • Rinse off the salt and proceed with cooking.

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  1. Nimz_
    I have now used some of this and found that the lemons, after packing tichtly in the mason jar, were not as juicy as they should have been. I think by packing them so tightly in the jar a lot of the juice was lost. Will see if any of the others are different when I use them next time.
  2. SugaredAlmond
    I've made (and now used!) some of these lemons, and they worked brilliantly! I used some chopped into couscous with coriander, chilli and olives
  3. twissis
    I favor limes in so many dishes that I actually split this recipe into 2 halves & made it for both lemons & limes. Mine came out of the freezer a couple of dys ago & are in jars awaiting my creative inspiration.
  4. SusieQusie
    I'm in about the same position as Fairy Nuff - my lemons are in the freezer. Will let you know if it worked or not!
  5. Fairy Nuff
    I can't leave stars at the moment but love this idea and I'm really hoping it works!! My lemons are out of the freezer and in a jar...now I need to find a recipe to use them in!!! Will come back with another review when I've tried them!!



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