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Preserved Lemons

Preparation 30 minutes  Cooking nil   Cost Low if using home grown lemons

Makes 1 x 2.1L Jar Best Make and store in a cool dark place for 4 to 6 weeks to preserve  Season Winter  Ability Easy

Top Tip – Pick lemons from the tree with thick rinds, these are the best for preserving. If you have purchased lemons from a supplier, check and see if these have been waxed, if so give these a good scrub before preserving.


  • Set two or three lemons aside
  • Cut the remaining lemons into quarters, sixths, or eighths, depending on size, and place in a large bowl. Pour in the salt and fold through the lemons with clean, gloved hands.
  • Take a sterilized jar and place 2 tablespoon of salt in the base, then squeeze the lemon quarters into the jar and layer them pressing down as you go. At halfway mark, add in the bay leaves
  • When the lemons reach the top, add 2 tablespoons of additional salt. Squeeze the remaining lemons and top up the jar with the juice, making sure the lemons are well submerged in the juice
  • Tightly seal the jar/s and store in a cool dark place for 4 to 6 weeks - remember to give the jars a shake each day.