Weekend cooking – Moroccan preserved lemons (video)

The key to good preserved lemons is finding high quality lemons. If you can, even go with organic but prices can often be silly. You can store the final products and use them in cooking. For a tagine, they’re a key ingredient and who doesn’t love a good tagine?

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  • emjayay

    All that sterilizing the jar, and then nonsterilized stuff put inside? I expected the whole thing to be baked or boiled or something before covering. I think the massive amount of salt is doing the preserving.

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  • Fifi

    But that’s for lab chemistry. Toluene as a cooking ingredient is a bit iffy…

  • Monoceros Forth

    Probably to protect the surface of the aqueous solution and hinder evaporation. In a similar fashion one can preserve starch solutions against decay for a time by storing them under a layer of toluene.

  • I’ve never used olive oil – I wonder why that is used?

  • :-)

  • ab

    Wish I was one of your neighbors.

  • Same. We have three Meyers in the back. They are so sweet. Almost any recipe is enhanced by them, We make a lot Lemon Curd and hand it out to neighbors and friends.

  • Monoceros Forth

    Fascinating! I had never heard of anyone canning lemons. Of course I don’t actually use lemons really except as bottled juice…but that’s partly because we never have any on hand. They don’t make it onto our shopping list usually.

  • Naja pallida

    Gives me another thing to do with the lemons I get out of my garden… I always get way too many to use, and end up giving them away just so they don’t rot in my fridge.

  • Nothing in the least, but if you are making preserved lemons, my wife made a fabulous tagine with veal, artichoke hearts, preserved lemon and frozen peas! We do lemons like this all the time and I have many Moroccan friends who give us great recipes.

  • Just an elbow

    What does that have to do with lemons?

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