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Preserved Lemons

Preserved Lemons
A popular condiment in Moroccan cooking, preserved lemons are made by soaking the fresh fruit in a saltwater brine for at least 1 week. They impart an intense lemon flavor to dishes, such as braised chicken (see related recipe at left).

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 6 thin-skinned lemons, well scrubbed
     and quartered
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice, plus more as needed

Directions:

Place the salt in a shallow bowl. Coat each lemon quarter with salt and place in a 1-quart canning jar. You may need to gently force the last few wedges into the jar. Add the remaining salt along with the 1 cup lemon juice. If there are any air bubbles visible, cover the jar and shake it a little to eliminate them. Uncover the jar and add enough lemon juice to reach the lip of the jar. Store on your countertop for 1 day. Uncover the jar and add more lemon juice, if needed, to completely cover the lemons, then cover again. Store on your countertop for 6 more days, shaking the jar at least once a day. The lemons are ready to use.

Store the jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.
Makes 6 preserved lemons.
Williams-Sonoma Kitchen.