Preserved Lemons (L'Hamd Markhad)

Preserved Lemons (L'Hamd Markhad)

Wandering along the souqs of Marrakesh, you'll likely come across piles or jars of glistening lemons.These beautifully displayed preserves are the cornerstone of Moroccan cuisine.Preserved lemons or eml'hamd markhad/em as they are commonly known are an indispensable ingredient in all manner of dishes from salads to tagines, imparting a sweet yet subtly sour taste.Lemon preservation is usually done in the Spring when lemons are at their height of ripeness and sweetness.Moroccans use the smallish, thin-skinned lemons known as emdoqq /emor embusera./emThis is a fairly easy recipe to prepare but like most pickled recipes,it takes time till its ready to be consumed.Organic emMeyer/em or emEureka's /emcan be used in this recipe in place of the doqq or busera.br /br /strongYield:/strongbr /br /strongIngredients:/strongbr /1 glass jar with a tight fitting lidbr /course sea saltbr /Small organic Meyer or Eureka lemons or other smallish thin-skinned lemonbr /lemon juice of 2 lemonsbr /br /br /strongSafi Mixture (Optional):/strongbr /1 stick cinnamonbr /3 clovesbr /1 Tbsp. coriander seedsbr /1/2 Tbsp. black peppercornsbr /br /br /br /1.Cut each lemon into quarters but not all the way through.Stuff salt into the lemon then close it and place   it in the jar. Repeat.Keep pressing down the lemons with a wooden spoon until they are evenly packed  and some of their juice is released.br /br /2. At this point, if using, add the Safi spices then the lemon juice.Sprinkle with more course salt.br /br /3.Close jar tightly and store in a cool,dry place for 3-4 weeks.If a white film appears on top of jar, don't worry this is normal and can be rinsed off before use.br /br /br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-b9O9tml5JIE/UQBAGZLYSpI/AAAAAAAAAVg/tK3h6Aw9XEo/s1600/1004895.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="240" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-b9O9tml5JIE/UQBAGZLYSpI/AAAAAAAAAVg/tK3h6Aw9XEo/s320/1004895.JPG" width="320" //a/div

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