Sunday, February 12, 2017

salt and lemons


in which our plucky heroine preserves some abundance against future dearth...

Lemons do not grow here, not now, not without a hothouse. The kindliness of my friends provided me with a few more lemons than I ended up turning into juice for tea while I was ill, and rather than marmalade, said golden orbs are now started on their way to becoming a seasoning condiment. I was reminded to do this by the current monthly Mastery Challenge over on Food In Jars, which is "salt preserving"
As with any citrus preserving, if you are going to eat the outsides, you really do want to use organic to start with.. This preserve could not be easier: wash the lemons, cut a thin slice of the nubby top and bottom, cut partway through in at least four places around the sides (as if cutting into quarters... then pack the cuts with salt, and place in a jar that already has a layer of salt on the bottom.

Continue the process, filling the jar as snugly as possible with the salt encrusted lemons, then top up with some fresh squeezed juice and a good scattering of additional salt and close the jar. This can sit out on the countertop, as the salt and acidity gradually allow the lemons to soften as they pickle in their own juices.

Eventually the lemon rinds take on a unique tang, and can be sliced or chopped into other dishes to add a particular savor. I am fond of adding a little bit to a batch of rice, along with some fresh herbs, or if in the mood for a more elaborate meal, some Moroccan style chicken with olives and preserved lemons is good. There are many possible uses for salt preserved lemons...
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4 comments:

  1. I enjoy reading your blog because there are so many "hey, I should try that" ideas! You are an inspiration.

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  2. I wonder if this is the same as the pickled limes that Amy got into trouble for, in the book Little Women?

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    1. I haven't thought about that part of the book for years! It may be time to read it again.

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  3. I wonder if this is the same as the pickled limes that Amy got into trouble for, in the book Little Women?

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