Preserved Lemons are my new favorite secret ingredient and I know you will love them too! You won’t believe how easy they are to make and they make terrific edible gifts for your foodie friends.
And yes, if you are wondering, in addition to lemons, you can also preserve limes, oranges, and grapefruit. It’s is a fabulous way to have winter citrus all year long. In North Florida, we are having a bumper crop of citrus this year and preserving it is a great use for all of the excess fruit.
If you have never used Preserved Lemons in your cooking, you are in for a treat. Think about the wonderful flavor that lemon or citrus zest brings to a dish and multiply it by 100! Preserving lemons brings out their lemony essence, and you can use them in almost any recipe in which you would be adding lemon zest or juice in order to heighten and brighten the flavor.
Preserved Lemons have been used for centuries in Indian and North African cuisine, and are an essential ingredient in Chicken Tagine. But once you try them, I can promise you they will become an essential ingredient in your dishes and deserve a place of honor in your kitchen.
If you don’t want to make Preserved Lemons, you can buy them in specialty food stores or online, but they can be expensive. A quick search on Amazon shows they run around $13 a jar. But they are so easy to make, I hope you give them a try. Your family will thank you and any friends that receive them as gifts will be eternally grateful!…