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#271 FlyingChopstik

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Posted 17 November 2014 - 09:37 AM

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Posted 17 November 2014 - 11:44 AM

I've got some embarassingly old (3 years+) preserved lemons where the brine has turned very dark, amber in color. There's no mold in the jars and the lemons are submerged. 

 

Safe to use? Start over?



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Posted 17 November 2014 - 12:50 PM

I've got some embarassingly old (3 years+) preserved lemons where the brine has turned very dark, amber in color. There's no mold in the jars and the lemons are submerged. 
 
Safe to use? Start over?


Hmmmm thats a tough 1. What does it smell like? Were they in the fridge?

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Posted 17 November 2014 - 05:00 PM

They were never refrigerated. They smell deep and lemony. The second layer is the same color.

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Posted 18 November 2014 - 02:53 AM

If they smell deep and lemony, instead of obnoxiously off, they're probably safe - despite the disgusting color :-). I doubt pathogens can grow in that brine. I'd try a bit for taste, and if they tasted all right then I'd go ahead and use them. Note, however, that I'm cooking for healthy people with strong constitutions. If you're in doubt about the health or safety consequences you may have better peace of mind if you just discard them.

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Posted 18 November 2014 - 07:31 AM

Thanks for the feedback. I'll make use of them soon.

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Posted 06 December 2014 - 09:57 AM

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Meyer lemons put up a couple of hours ago. By this time tomorrow they should be properly submerged as they shrink and release more liquid.
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Posted 07 December 2014 - 06:17 PM

So without having to read through 300 previous posts - I don't have a tagine and don't often cook for more than 2 or 3 at most. What else can I use these lemons for?



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Posted 07 December 2014 - 06:24 PM

You don't need a tagine to make a Moroccan braised dish. But use them in anything where you want the perfumed flavor of lemon. A fine dice is interesting in hummus as well

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Posted 07 December 2014 - 06:44 PM

So without having to read through 300 previous posts - I don't have a tagine and don't often cook for more than 2 or 3 at most. What else can I use these lemons for?



Here is a link to get you started

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#281 Hassouni

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Posted 18 January 2015 - 01:47 PM

Soooo is this mold:

 

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Posted 18 January 2015 - 03:26 PM

I've read that white mold on preserved lemons is not dangerous.  Your mileage may vary.



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Posted 19 January 2015 - 10:49 PM

Ive never had white patches like that on my lemons so im not sure. How do they smell? If it smells like ammonia or household cleaner, definitely toss.

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Posted 19 January 2015 - 10:51 PM

Also have you been shaking them regularly and pushing down any lemons that rise above the brine? How much salt did you use?

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Posted 19 January 2015 - 10:56 PM

I think I'd go with the smell test also. If they don't smell bad they're probably okay; if they do smell bad they may not be harmful but they probably won't be pleasant. I've eaten/used preserved lemons that had gone dark, smelled more like turpentine or old furniture polish than nicely perfumy briny lemons, and never suffered ill effects...but I didn't particularly enjoy the taste.

Edit: I've realized since posting this that my response doesn't exactly address the mold question. I haven't enough knowledge for that. My suspicion, however, is that mold that grows under these conditions may be unpleasant but won't be harmful.

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Posted 15 May 2015 - 09:27 AM

I've seen several recipes for quick preserved lemons - does anybody have any favorites? I have an event coming up in less than 2 weeks and need a pretty large batch....



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Posted 15 May 2015 - 02:26 PM

So without having to read through 300 previous posts - I don't have a tagine and don't often cook for more than 2 or 3 at most. What else can I use these lemons for?

 

I have used them to make a lemon vinaigrette and added them into hummus.  I've also added them into a pasta dish of sauteed garlic, artichokes, tomatoes, capers, and olives (with or without shrimp and/or cream).  Definitely my new favorite ingredient.



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Posted 15 May 2015 - 02:53 PM

I have used them to make a lemon vinaigrette and added them into hummus.  I've also added them into a pasta dish of sauteed garlic, artichokes, tomatoes, capers, and olives (with or without shrimp and/or cream).  Definitely my new favorite ingredient.

I rinsed and removed the pulp from three whole preserved lemons, cut them into "matchsticks" and added them half-way through the cooking of 3 pounds of caramelized onions (onion confit) and the results were outstanding. 

 

Note:  I started out with 3 pounds of large brown onions, skinned them, removed both ends and sliced them pole to pole instead of crosswise as I have found through long experience that I like the end result better using this method.


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Posted 15 May 2015 - 03:48 PM

I've seen several recipes for quick preserved lemons - does anybody have any favorites? I have an event coming up in less than 2 weeks and need a pretty large batch....

Just trying to keep your question alive! Mark Bittman had a recipe that took only three hours. You might want to Google that one. I thought I had one seen a fast method from Paula Wolfert also. I can't say I have tried any of them. I am sure somebody on eG must have and will drop in shortly.

Edited to add
Yes Paula has a recipe for seven days preserved lemons on Epicurious.

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Posted 15 May 2015 - 04:54 PM

I've seen several recipes for quick preserved lemons - does anybody have any favorites? I have an event coming up in less than 2 weeks and need a pretty large batch....

 

I've tried this "quick" preserved lemons recipe that can take 5 days. Longer is better if you can do it. From Heidi Krahling of the Insalata restaurant in Marin.
http://www.myrecipes...served-lemons-0

 

The hot brine on the lemons really does the trick of speeding up the curing process. But these lemons do not have the depth of flavor as regular preserved lemons. They also have a softer, more watery texture from the brine.

 

But if you need preserved lemons quick...the flavor is good, and I have used them in savory dishes as a substitute for regular preserved lemons, with good results.