Preserved Lemons are lemons pickled in salt and their own juice. They are not hard to make. All you need is lemons, salt, and a quart canning jar with a top. You can add various spices to your lemons if you wish, but I decided to make the basic ones. What takes awhile is letting the lemons "ripen." It takes 30 days for the lemons to be ready. You need to be sure to shake the jar everyday to distribute the salt and juice. They last up to 6 months in the refrigerator.
Special Equipment: 1 quart jar sterilized with top
1/4 cup Kosher salt, more if desired
1. Quarter the lemons from the top to within 1/2 inch of the bottom. Sprinkle salt on the exposed flesh, then reshape the fruit.
2. Place 1 tablespoon salt on the bottom of the quart jar. Pack in the lemons and push them down adding more salt between the layers. Press the lemons down to release their juices and to make room for the remaining lemons. If the juice released from the squashed fruit does not cover them add freshly squeezed lemon juice. It is important that lemon juice covers the fruit.
4. Seal the jar. Let the lemons ripen in a warm place, shaking the jar each day to distribute the salt and juice. Let ripen for 30 days.
5. To use, rinse the lemons, as needed, under running water, removing and discarding the pulp, if desired. Store in the refrigerator up to 6 months.