Celene came over on Saturday bearing the best gift ever: a massive bag full of fresh lemons from her grandma's tree. I immediately began rattling off things I could make with all the fruit. Sorbet! Lemonade! Pie! Lemon bars!
I love the flavor of preserved lemons, but never have any on hand. Since I had more than enough lemons to mess up a few times, I figured I'd give making my own a go! Turns out, this recipe is nearly impossible to mess up. The result is a beautiful jar of preserved lemons that will be ready for all sorts of exotic recipes in just 2 weeks. I think they might make a fab gift as well!
4 large lemons
2/3 cup sugar
7 tbsp salt
1/4 tsp turmeric
2 bay leaves
Boil lemons in a large pot of water for 10-12 minutes or until softened.
Transfer immediately to a bowl of ice water
Once cooled, score the lemon four times without cutting all the way through
Combine 3 cups of the hot cooking liquid with salt, sugar, turmeric and bay leaves.
Stuff the lemons into a large mason jar and fill all the way to the top with the hot cooking liquid mixture
Seal tightly and store in the refrigerator for at least 2 weeks before using. These babies will last for months!