Preserved Lemons

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If you haven’t made a batch of preserved lemons what are you waiting for?

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This recipe is really an approximate and more a how to. 

Preserved Lemons

Prep Time: 20 minutes


  • 4-5 large lemons
  • 2-3 bay leaves 
  • black peppercorns
  • cooking salt
  • sterilised jar


  1. Sterilise your jars (washing them in the dishwasher is fine) – at least 500ml – 1L jars

    2. Add 1-2 tablespoons of cooking salt in the base of each jar

    3. Wash your lemons very well ensuring there is no wax left on the skin

    4. Slice your lemon into wedges.

    5. Add cooking salt into a medium bowl and rub salt over each slice of lemon and place into the jar.

    6. Add 1-2 bay leaves and 1/2 teaspoon of black peppercorns half way layering the jar as well as the top.

    7. Push/compact lemon wedges in jar by using a spoon.

    8. Submerge lemon wedges with fresh lemon juice ensuring jar is filled.

    9. Place lid on jars, date and place into a dark cupboard.

    10. Each day for the first two weeks you will twirl the jar to ensure salt is evenly distributed. After the two weeks, open the jar and top jar with olive oil to prevent any bacteria.

    11. Place jar back in the cupboard for at least another 2 weeks (do not twirl/shake the jar) or longer – I like to leave them for 3 months to really tenderise the flesh.


    • Preserved lemons can be stored covered in room temp for up to a year.
    • When you remove a lemon ensure the remainder of lemons are covered by adding more lemon juice. – Rinse lemon with water prior to using.
    • Fabulous to use in: – Marinades – Salad dressings – Casseroles – Stews – Risotto – Dips – Desserts

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Preserved Lemons

August 8, 2023

Easy to follow recipe,great to have on hand when it’s no longer lemon season , thanks for the recipe xx


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