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Saturday, 19 February 2011

Preserved Lemons

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Preserves and Pickles is a book dedicated to jam and jelly making, preserving and pickling. Not only are there recipes for the classic raspberry jam, lemon curd and apricot chutney, there are some exciting new recipes such as tutti frutti jam and lemon & fig marmalade. The book is by Gloria Nicol, a journalist and photographer living the good life in rural Britain. She has a online shop selling vintage homeware and linens, plus a blog with categories from foraging to canning.

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The book takes us through the basics of jam-making and preserving techniques, there's also a problem solving section - did you know that your jam can shrink in the jar because it has been inadequately covered or sealed, or hasn't been stored in a cool, dark, and dry place?

Many of the recipes will come into their own during the summer months, when ripe fruit is in abundance. There is something rather satisfying about popping open a jar of jam or pickle, that amazing scent providing us with memories of bountiful past seasons.

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I chose to make something new to me, preserved lemons. Basically, you just carefully slice into the lemons, and open them out slightly before filling with coarse sea salt. Pack them into a sterilised jar, you can flavour with chilli peppers or coriander seeds, then press down on them for a few days before adding more lemon juice and then leaving for a month to soften. How easy is that! Mine have been in the jar for a couple of weeks now and I'm itching to use them in some Moroccan recipes.

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If you grow your own fruit and vegetables, or come home from the farmers' markets with overflowing bags of fresh produce, this book will show you how to make the best of the glut, and come Christmas, you could be opening a jar of crab apple & vanilla curd!

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The book can be bought directly from Cico Books, Ryland Peters & Small, or from Amazon.

Preserves and Pickles
£9.99 / Hardback, 64 pages, 40 colour photographs
Publisher: Cico Books
March 2011
ISBN 13: 9781907563379

With thanks to Sarah at Ryland Peters & Small

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Jim and Jami said...

thank you for this info, I have been looking for a great book on this topic.

Unknown said...

essentially a jar of sunshine... beautiful!

Marcie Brooks-Smith said...

I have a batch of preserved lemons that I started a few weeks ago. Will be featured in my blog, as well.

Patricia (La Chatte Gitane) said...

My fav cookbook is Preserving from Oded Schwarz. Is my most used cookbook even.
I made preserved lemons a few times, but they do go off after a while, though. They are so lovely !

Lisa@ButteryBooks said...

I have never tried preserving lemons before..very interesting. Sounds like a book I would love.

Jan said...

I love using preserved lemons in cooking and I've made them loads. Looks like a great book!

Beth (jamandcream) said...

beautiful photos!! love preserved lemons

Anne said...

I've never tried preserved lemons, will have to get some more jars I think as they sound so good!

Debs @ DKC said...

Hi Nic, long time no speak, hope you are well.

Preserved lemons is something I've been meaning to do for ages. Just the other day I added it to my list of recipes for when I eventually get out of this damn hospital!

Shamefully I should have done this years ago as I have so many lemon trees all around me LOL.

Thanks, Debs

Unknown said...

lemons are in season now and I've never tried pickling them which is surprising since a peppery pickled lime is a popular condiment her

Brownieville Girl said...

I made preserved lemons last year - and am still enjoying them, they bring a wonderful taste of summer to so many dishes.

Love your photos.

Anonymous said...

I love using preserved lemons. i never made them from scrtach! I must try soon!

Abitofafoodie said...

I find preserving such a rewarding activity although I don't do it as often as I could. At the moment I'm waiting for our autumn chutneys and sloe gin to mature. Your preserved lemons look great and wonder what lovely recipes you'll use them for!

grace said...

i have lots of recipes that call for preserved lemons, but sadly, i've never used them. why not? i had no idea how to make them or where to buy them! thanks so much--your lemons look beautiful and undoubtedly contribute much to so many dishes. :)

Anonymous said...

Ok so now I'll need to add that book to my wishlist! what a great idea!

Sammie said...

I've never tried to preserve fruit before but those lemons look amazing- and I'm not even sure what I'd use it for!

nic @ nipitinthebud said...

oh I bet they smell divine!

snippets of thyme said...

Well, I tried to make macarons yesterday so now I feel ratherr invincible. Perhaps I can begin to do this! It would be a good time of year to read up on canning and try it out. Thanks!