I ended up with 10 pounds of lemons recently without a plan to use them.
Naturally, I set aside some of the bruised ones for juicing (frozen into ice cubes for summer lemonade), and I immediately used a few in cooking, and then stirred up a jar of marmalade even. The best and the brightest, however, I had special plans for: A bit of salt preservation.
Preserved lemons are not something that you could find in my mom's pantry as I was growing up. However, I've come to love them and incorporate them into my everyday cooking in many of the same ways you'd use fresh lemons. These ones were just packed and preserved when they were at their freshest. You can try this with lemons straight off the tree if you are lucky enough to have one, or you can give limes a go, too.
Ways to Use Preserved Lemons:
- Add to chicken marinades or slide under the skin when roasting a chicken.
- Thinly slice and add to pasta dishes anywhere you might otherwise add lemon zest.
- Tiny minced bits of lemon make a great addition to vinaigrettes for summer salads.
- Mince or thinly slice these yellow beauties and add them to your Caprese pizza toppings.
- Pasta, potato, grain, lentil salad hot or cold: Add bits of preserved lemons to all your summertime fare for picnics.
- Go traditional and incorporate these lemons into a chicken tagine or a Moroccan stew.