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Today we are talking all about lemons. Citrus fruits are usually a pretty good price at the store at this time of year which means it's a good time to buy and preserve some lemons for your pantry. After all, lemonade and grilling season is just around the corner (thank heavens!)
Here is a super easy way to cash in on those lower prices now:
1. Start with about 2 - 3 lbs. of lemons. Wash your fruit - even if it is organic. Soak your whole fruit in hot water with a little apple cider vinegar for just about 10 minutes - this will remove any dirt and wax.
2. Prepare your jar. Start with a clean, sterilized quart-sized mason jar with a new lid.
3. Slice your lemons about 1/4" thick. I was able to fit five lemons in my jar. Put a teaspoon of non-iodized salt in the bottom of your jar and then arrange a layer of lemon slices on top. Sprinkle another teaspoon of non-iodized salt on top of the lemon slices. Repeat your layers (layer of lemons, then salt, then lemons...) until the jar is full. Press each layer in the jar nice and tight.
4. Juice 1 - 2 lemons and add the juice to the jar - just enough to submerge the top layer of lemons in the juice.
5. Screw on your lid - nice and tight and give it a gentle shake.
6. Set your jar in a cool, dark place but where you will see it every day. Give is another gentle shake each day for the next 30 days.
7. After 30 days, move your jar to the refrigerator. They will keep for up to a year (although they won't last that long in our house!)
8. When your recipe calls for lemons - remove the desired amount, rinse off, and pat dry. The rind is what is most desirable but both the rind and the flesh can be used.
Here are a few ways to use your preserved lemons:
- add to pasta or pesto
- add to your favorite chicken or seafood recipe
- chop it and add it to egg salad or avocado toast
- use it in your favorite salad dressing
- make lemonade or add it to iced tea
- use it as a garnish on a dessert or yummy cocktail
I hope this has you dreaming of summer - it's coming - I promise!
How will you use your preserved lemons? Comment below and share your ideas. I'd love to hear from you!