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Old 08-02-2016, 06:07 PM   #1
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This sounds like a great idea - Preserved Lemons

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Old 08-02-2016, 07:39 PM   #2
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I saw that, but I'm not sure what I would use the lemons for. I mean, I know I would use lemon juice in a lot of things, but can you do that after putting sugar in with the lemons?
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Sugar isn't necessarily used. It's an option.
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Old 08-02-2016, 08:03 PM   #4
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I saw that, but I'm not sure what I would use the lemons for. I mean, I know I would use lemon juice in a lot of things, but can you do that after putting sugar in with the lemons?
Preserved lemons are traditionally made with salt, not sugar. I started a quart jar a couple weeks ago. It's primarily used in Moroccan tagine (stew), but you can also put it in rice and couscous. There are lots of other ideas in the article and in the comments on this page: http://foodinjars.com/2011/02/preserving-lemons/
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Old 08-02-2016, 08:04 PM   #5
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For some reason I was thinking sugar, even after I read that. Now you guys know why no one wants to eat my cooking!

Although then I have to ask, if you have 4 or 5 lemons in a jar and you open that jar to use just one, will the others keep, or do you have a limited time to use those?

It was so much easier when I had a lemon tree. But when I did, all I used the lemons for was lemonade. *sigh*
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Old 08-02-2016, 08:06 PM   #6
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Yes. They're called preserved lemons because the technique *preserves* them. They're submerged in briny lemon juice and microbes can't grow in that environment.

They're not like fresh lemons, though. I'd guess that all your questions are answered in the article
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Old 08-02-2016, 08:10 PM   #7
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In other words, reading comprehension, right?

OK, my excuse is that I only had 4 hours of sleep last night. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!
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why preserve lemons, if they are available year around?
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why preserve lemons, if they are available year around?
First, the flavor is diifferent than a fresh lemon. Second, the part of a preserved lemon that actually gets used is not usually the pulp. It's the rind and the pith - which you normally don't use from a fresh lemon. Third, they are preserved, so you can keep them when they're not in season
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