Preserved Lemons: An Old And Easy Technique That You Should Frequently Do In Your Home
Lemon is one of the fruits that we can use entirely. Its zest contains aromatic oils that enrich the air with a citrus scent, and its refreshing juice awakens the taste buds. Lemons go well with both, salty and sweet dishes.
This citrus fruit is almost a synonym to vitamin C. In the season of flu and colds, it’s good to frequently consume it, in order to strengthen the resistance of the body. Plus, scientific research shows that vitamin C decelerates colorectal cancer and inflammatory conditions, such as asthma, rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis.
In North Africa, lemons are frequently used in the preparation of many different dishes. Moroccan Tagines and pickled lemons are considered delicacies!
Today, we show you how you can easily preserve lemons, following this North African recipe.
How To Preserve Lemons “The Moroccan Way”
You will need the following ingredients:
- 5 or 6 lemons, depending on the size of the jar you are using
- Salt (sea salt is a great alternative to regular salt)
- Freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Little bit of water
- Glass jar
First, sterilize the jar with hot water. But, do it gently, to avoid glass ruptures. Then, take one lemon, and mark it with an X on the top, using a sharp knife. Cut it almost to the bottom, in equal quarters. Fill the X gap with salt and put the lemon in the jar. Repeat this procedure until you fill the jar to the top.
Next, take the lemon juice and pour it all over the lemons. If you don’t have enough lemon juice to fill the jar, add water to its very top. Then, close the jar airtight with a lid. Store it in a cold and dark place, for about a month.
Lemons preserved in this way stay in good and edible condition for months. While the salt draws away the moisture, the good bacteria, such as lactobacillus, kick in. They start to break down the rind, and with this process, release carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide on the other hand, pushes the oxygen and prevents the creation of mold.
Preserved lemons are very healthy to eat. For more info on the preparation method, watch the video down below.