Easy Preserved Lemon Recipe
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Easy Preserved Lemon Recipe

This easy preserved lemon recipe is a great way to preserve lemons from the garden so they can be enjoyed for the months to come. Preserved lemons have their own unique flavor which accentuate dishes and are commonly used in Moroccan cuisine.

Preserving your own lemons is a great way to save money and reduce food waste. They will keep for up to 12 months and require no special canning treatment.

This recipe is both gluten and dairy free.

Makes 1 x 1 Pint (500ml) Jar

Continue reading for money saving tips. There is also a PDF version of this recipe at the end of the post which can be printed or saved to your device to save on paper.

*The Nutrition Facts label above should be used as a guide only. The amounts can change depending on the brands you use. To reduce the fat content always try to buy reduced fat products and lean meat when you can afford it. Look for reduced salt products and low sugar without artificial sugar replacements.

Use your preserved lemons in this recipe for Budget Preserved Lemon and Olive Chicken Tagine.

You might also like these canning recipes for Pickled Balsamic and Rosemary Onions, Old Fashioned Bread and Butter Pickles or Pickled Beetroot.

Don’t have a jar for this recipe? This quality set of 12 x 1 pint Ball Canning Jars are a great option and can be used for other canning recipes. They are great value and highly rated on Amazon. (Paid link)

Easy Preserved Lemon Recipe Q & A

Do I need to Process Preserved Lemons?

No, as long as you keep the jar in the fridge they will keep for 12 months without processing in a canner.

What type of salt can I use for preserved lemons?

Table salt, cooking salt, iodized salt, kosher or fine sea salt will all work. It is best to use fine ground salt rather than flaked salt. Cooking salt is the cheapest to buy.

How do I know when the lemons are preserved?

Wait at least 3 weeks then slice one of the lemons. They will be completely soft when they are ready to use.

Preserved lemons thinly sliced ready for cooking.

Which is the best method to preserve lemons?

There are a few different methods when it comes to how you cut the lemon before canning. As long as you have the combination of salt and lemon juice it really doesn’t matter.

Preserved lemons are common in Moroccan dishes especially tagines. These are wonderful to cook with as their design traps condensation to keep the food moist. This quality top rated Tagine by Kook has a durable ceramic lid and cast iron base. (Paid link)

Saving Money


Save money by buying lemons when they are in season which is from late fall (autumn) through to the middle of winter. This is when the best prices can be found. You may see bags of lemons which are odd shaped. They are perfect for this recipe.

Consider growing your own lemons. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have much space or live in a cold climate as dwarf varieties are successfully grown in pots. See this guide to Growing Lemon Trees in Pots for more information.


Salt is in most recipes and never goes off. If you have the room this is the perfect food item to buy in bulk. It will last for years when it is kept in a dry area.

This 25 pound bag of iodized Salt by Morton is great value and is highly rated. (Paid link)

This guide to Creating Budget Friendly Meals covers everything from planning to making the most of in season vegetables and meat to using raw ingredients to create healthy and nutritious meals which cost less to make. A little forethought can save you a great deal of money over the course of the year.

Do you love preserving the food you have grown? See this guide to Food Preservation to save even more money over the course of the year.

Are you a homebody? Get more out of your home and garden with this Homesteading guide which covers everything from DIY projects to growing your own food.

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