Preserving Lemons and Limes
So one of the perks of being a Produce Manager and a foodie is that every morning is a little like Christmas. I tear into the huge pallets of fresh produce like a giddy school girl, excited to inspect all the fabulous contents.
Naturally my fruit and vegetable consumption has gone up dramatically. You can’t move 1000′s of pounds of produce every week and not take it home and create with it.
Being a huge lover of anything citrus one of the first things I had to try was preserving lemons and limes.
They are extremely easy to make, the only thing you require is patience to allow them to preserve.
Preserved Lemons and Limes
7 – 8 lemons
7 – 8 limes
Wash the fruit well If you can buy organic, that is a great option as the skins are not removed for the preserving process.
Cut 5 or each fruit into fourths. Cut the 3 remaining into halves for juicing.
In the bottom of each jar add 2 generous tablespoons of salt. Take another 2 tablespoons and salt the wedges liberally.
Tightly pack the lemon and lime wedges into the jars adding a few more teaspoons of salt . Press the fruit in tightly forcing some the juice to be released.
Top up the jars with freshly squeezed juiced form the remaining halves.
Every day tip the jars over and give them a good shake to disperse the extra salt that settles to the bottom. Store in a cool cupboard until the white pith takes on a bit of a translucent look.
Once opened store in the fridge!
In the upcoming weeks I will be making recipes to use up my fabulous salty citrus, be sure to check back for some awesome creations. And if you have any ideas of how I should use them please do leave a comment to send me a quick email.