Preserving lemons is so ridiculously easy. There’s no cooking involved, and if you opt out of the optional ingredients, you’ll need exactly two things to make it…lemons and sea salt. Oh, and water. Does that count?
Even if you don’t use them for cooking, having a large brightly colored jar of lemons gracing your counter isn’t such a bad thing, right?
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Lemons (the quantity depends on the size of your jar. I used 18, but my jar is pretty large. You’ll want to have at least 7 though).
- Sea Salt (you’ll need about a tablespoon for each lemon used)
- Cinnamon Sticks (I used only 2 because that’s all I had on hand. This is totally optional. I just like the way they look).
- Peppercorns (about 2 tablespoons, depending on the size of your jar. These are optional too).
- Large glass Jar, cleaned and dried
- Serrated Knife (makes cutting the lemons easy).
Cut the lemons in quarters, but do not cut all the way through. Leave them intact, and place about 1 tablespoon of sea salt inside the lemons. Close the lemons as best you can and place in jar. Gently push the lemons down as you continue to add them.
Add spices, if using, and about 1-2 tablespoons of sea salt, and fill jar with boiling water, covering lemons completely. Close tightly.
Now go ahead and place the jar on a shelf.
If you decide you want to use them for cooking (they go well with Moroccan dishes), wait at least 3 weeks before doing so. If you’re like me and you just want to use them as a decorative accent in your kitchen, they’ll last at least until the next millennium.
Now, am I the only one who thinks they look like Pacman?
In other news…
I was going to publish another post about Florida but I thought a break was in order. I was trying to get everything into one last post but there are just way too many pictures so I’ll be writing two more, then I promise I’m done ;).
Winter returned in a big way earlier this week, making us long for Florida again and wondering why we came back so soon. Honestly, there doesn’t seem to be any escaping it for us. Last year we returned the end of February and faced another 6 weeks of winter. This year, although it was relatively mild here in Massachusetts and very little snow while we were away, things changed almost as soon as we got back. For some reason, Mother Nature has it in for us.
I’m trying to make the most of the time I’m spending cooped up. I’ve been meaning to organize a lifetime of photos for quite some time, and Tuesday I took the first of many steps to accomplish that. It’s a huge job and sometimes I’m like a deer in headlights just thinking about the amount of work involved. I’ve gotten past my inclination to always try to do things just so and in a timely manner. It’s not going to happen with this project, but at least I’m working on it.