Preserved lemons are such a special ingredient that deliver a real wow factor when incorporated into cooking. They gift us with intense lemon flavour without the mouth puckering acidity typically experienced if we were to bite into a lemon.
There are many ways to use preserved lemons, you can place rinds under the skin of roast chicken & turkey, chop and massage over a roast lamb, add to tagines, infuse into butter, add to fish dishes, stuffing, marinades, and creamy sauces or dice rind into tiny cubes and add to cooked cous cous, chickpeas and lentils.
This remarkable ingredient is so easy to make and only requires fresh lemons, salt and preserving jars. It’s a great way to use up excess lemons, even better if your home has a lemon tree to harvest from or receive donations of lemons from friends and families.
Look for lemons that have thick rinds, these will deliver the best flavour and are the ones that have been on the tree the longest. If using lemons bought through suppliers, be sure to give them a good scrub with hot water to remove any wax before preserving.
If you are working at an aged care homes consider coordinating with your activities/.lifestyle staff and get Residents involved in the preserving process. It’s such a great activity to host before a main meal service, the scent of fresh cut citrus can help to stimulate saliva flow, salivation & appetite.