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Easy Peazy Lemon Squeazy

Last night, I made not one, but TWO different Christmas gifts, in the space of half an hour.
Now, that is my kind of Homemade Christmas!

I made Preserved Lemons, and some moisturiser bar things.
First up the preserved Lemons, and I will save the moisturiser bar things for tomorrow-don’t want you getting overexcited, especially at this time of year…

These are really the easiest, peasiest thing I have ever ever done. Mind you, I haven’t tried the end product yet, so maybe I shouldn’t feel too pleased with myself.
These were suggested by Lesley from Thrifty Lesley, and she has blogged about them here.

Basically, you take 2-3 lemons, 1 clean and sterilised jam jar, and 2 tablespoons of coarse sea salt.
Chop the lemons lengthways in half, and then chop each half into 3 lengthways.

Ram the six pieces from 1 lemon into the jar, squodging (technical term) them down, and then sprinkle on a tablespoon of salt. Repeat until all your lemon pieces and salt are gone.
Screw on lid.

Lemons2After a couple of days, top up the jar with lemon juice.

Told you it was easy.
If you want to be a bit fancy pants, you can add whole dried chillis and/or bay leaves to the mix.

My plan is to gift this with a pretty label tied around, saying what they are on, and what to do with them (since you ask, apparently you rinse off the salt, remove the pulp and then finely chop the lemon rind and add it to whatever you fancy-fish dishes, potatoes, anything I guess. Not sure if you could use them in baking-anyone ever tried?)

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  • Reply lindaswildlifegarden December 12, 2013 at 7:12 am

    Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    awesome jen

    • Reply Jen December 12, 2013 at 2:05 pm


  • Reply Thrifty Lesley December 11, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    How fab. I am so chuffed you tried them.

    • Reply Jen December 12, 2013 at 2:05 pm

      Thankyou so much for sharing:)

  • Reply Sue December 11, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    What an excellent idea…lemons on stand-by. I always put an onion and half a lemon inside a chicken before cooking! Handfull of herbs and a couple of cloves of garlic aswell gives a wonderful flavour! Sue x

    • Reply Jen December 11, 2013 at 8:33 pm

      Ooh yes, am going to try preserved lemons next time, great idea!

  • Reply Debbie hurry December 11, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    I have a really lovely Jamie recipe for chicken with preserved lemons but I only made it once as I couldn’t get hold of them. Now I know how to make them myself!! Thank you Jen

    • Reply Jen December 11, 2013 at 8:32 pm

      WAY cheaper than buying them!

  • Reply Alicia December 11, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    can’t wait to try this! they would look awesome in the cupboard too! 🙂

    • Reply Jen December 11, 2013 at 8:32 pm

      Yay! Give it a go 🙂

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