Preserved lemons

Preserved lemons

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A Month in Marrakesh
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David Loftus

In Morocco, preserved lemons are sold both loose and in jars and in all shapes and sizes in the markets. Although you can buy preserved lemons in most good supermarkets, it's easy to make your own at home. You will need a sterilized 1 litre Kilner-style jar.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
10-12 limes
220g coarse sea salt
4 fresh bay leaves
2 cinnamon sticks
cold water

Method

  1. Squeeze the juice from six lemons into a bowl. With a sharp knife cut a deep cross into the top of the remaining lemons, cutting almost, but not all the way, down to the bottom of each lemon – make sure that the cut pieces are still joined at the bottom of each lemon.
  2. Sprinkle a tablespoon of salt inside each cut lemon then push the halves back together and place carefully in the sterilized jar. Layer the remaining salt, bay leaves and cinnamon sticks in between the lemons. Pour in the lemon juice and top up with a little water. Seal tightly and leave for a month in a cool, dark place, shaking the jar every other day. After a month, they are ready to use.
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Morocco
Moroccan
Marrakesh
Africa
African
North African
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A Month in Marrakesh
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