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Preserved Lemons in Brine


Source: Philip Krajeck via Bon Appétit Note: I started with four lemons and then ended up boiling four more because there was plenty of room in my 2-quart ball jar and plenty of brine as well.


  • 4 to 8 lemons, I used Meyer but you can use any kind
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 7 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon crushed coriander seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 clove


  1. Boil 4 scrubbed lemons until softened, 10-12 minutes.
  2. Transfer lemons to a bowl of ice water. (Oops, I didn’t do this.) Reserve cooking liquid.
  3. Using a paring knife, deeply score lengthwise 4 times, leaving lemons intact.
  4. Whisk ⅔ cup sugar, 7 tablespoons kosher salt, 1 teaspoon crushed coriander seeds, ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric, 1 clove, and 3 cups hot cooking liquid in a bowl. Transfer lemons to a one- or two-quart heatproof jar and add brine. Cover and chill at least 2 weeks. Update: Store these in the fridge. I store the Jerusalem variety at room temp, but I think these (with all that sugar) should be refrigerated unless you keep your house very cold.