Preserving Lemons and Oranges

Have you ever wondered how to preserve citrus fruits for when they are no longer in season?  You can, of course, peel and preserve orange segments and grapefruit segments.  But, what about lemons?  There’s not really much call for canning lemon segments.  So, what do you do with them?  Well, here’s one way to preserve citrus fruits other than peeling and segmenting them for canning.

You start with your bags of fruit, wide-mouthed canning jars, and kosher salt.

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Put a layer of kosher salt in the bottom of a pint canning jar.  Make the layer about 1/2 inch or so deep.

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Now slice up your fruit, in this case lemons. 

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Place a slice of lemon on top of the salt in the canning jar.  Sprinkle more salt on top of the slice to coat.

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Repeat layers of fruit and salt until you reach the top of the jar.  Place the lid and ring on the jar and store in a cool, dark spot. 

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You can store citrus fruit this way for about 2 years.  Simply open the jar, remove what you need, rinse off the salt and proceed.  Voila!

I also did some oranges.

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There are some other methods of preserving citrus goodness that I will talk about soon.  For now….hope you’re having a great weekend and Happy Easter!

 

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. dawnspitfire
    Feb 05, 2015 @ 22:59:30

    Reblogged this on dawnspitfire's blog and commented:
    Recipe save & share 😉

    Reply

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