Preserved Fresh Lemons

Recipe by French Tart
READY IN: 720hrs 30mins




  • Soak the lemons in water for 2 to 3 days, changing the water 2 - 3 times, once a day.
  • Pat the lemons dry and quarter them from the top to just above the bottom, about 1/2" - leaving them in one piece.
  • Open up the lemons slightly, and sprinkle the sea salt onto the cut flesh - reshape them afterwards, so they look whole again.
  • Place half the remaining salt in the bottom of a large Sterilising jar; I use 1.5 litre Kilner jar for this amount.
  • Pack the lemons in and add the bay leaf and spices amongst the lemons.
  • Add the remaining salt & press down to release the lemon juice from the lemons.
  • Pour over the lemon juice - it's difficult to say exactly how much, but the last time I made these, I used about 500mls of unsweetened lemon juice; and in the past, I have used between 6 & 8 fresh lemons, squeezed - depending on the juiciness & size of lemons!
  • Seal and leave for at least one month; these will last up to 6-10 months in ideal conditions, dark & cool.
  • When you come to use the lemons, make sure you rinse them thoroughly beforehand.
  • IDEAS: Chop them up finely and add to baked fish dishes; put a whole lemon in to the cavity of a chicken to roast - take it out when cooked, and chop up finely and add to any gravy or sauce; Cut into quarters and add to tagines & stews; finely dice a lemon and add to sauces and stocks for stews & crockpot recipes -- the list is endless!