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Preserved Lemons - Where in Downtown TO?

foodchump Nov 23, 2007 05:29 PM

Can anyone help me find some preserved lemons in Toronto? I live downtown.

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  1. mightyshrimp RE: foodchump Nov 23, 2007 05:39 PM

    You can get pickled ones in St. Lawrence Market. I hear it's not quite the same, but I find they work great in Moroccan dishes.

    1. chocabot RE: foodchump Nov 23, 2007 08:27 PM

      unfortunately i don't have a suggestion other than you should consider making a litre size jar of them. it's easy and keeps well.

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        dinin and dishin RE: chocabot Nov 24, 2007 10:25 AM

        I have to agree with chocabot. They are the easiest thing you'll ever make. And because they are preserved with the skin on, better to try to get organic lemons.

        1. re: dinin and dishin
          erly RE: dinin and dishin Nov 24, 2007 11:21 AM

          I don't shop for Middle Eastern foods downtown, so don't know the location.
          But Nasr or Arz on Lawrence near Warden would have them.
          I never suggest "make your own", but the others are right.
          It is so easy, a lot cheaper, and they keep for months in the fridge.
          I am still using the ones I made in August.

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            bluedog RE: erly Nov 24, 2007 12:38 PM

            I always hate the "make it yourself" answer because it often is just so unhelpful, but I have to admit, this was my first reaction as well. The only problem is that there is a substantial time (4-6 weeks) between salting the lemons and being able to use them. So make them yourself is not a useful answer if your planning for a dinner party next weekend.

            See here for a pretty standard recipe: http://www.seasonalchef.com/recipe29.htm

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              warlock RE: bluedog Nov 24, 2007 12:47 PM

              Bluedog,I totally agree with you there....I mean especailly with the OP looking for something that would take weeks to make.Unfortunately I am also not familiar with downtown middle eastern stores....I know for a fact Nasrs used to have it...or try a Rabba's


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                erly RE: bluedog Nov 25, 2007 05:59 AM

                bluedog, I have not checked out your recipe, but the one I have been using for years is quite usable in 1 week... large lemons 10 days.

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                  bluedog RE: erly Nov 26, 2007 04:45 AM

                  So, can you post the recipe??????

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                    bluedog RE: bluedog Nov 26, 2007 07:24 AM

                    In lieu of that, this recipe indicates a one week prep time:


                    Seems similar to the previous one, so maybe 1 week is fine for any recipe. Don't know, never tested it.

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                      erly RE: bluedog Nov 26, 2007 04:25 PM

                      I use Paula Wolferts recipe, available on the net. I am not sure that I would be permitted to post it here.
                      If you can't find it, I will post it on the recipe board. Let me know.
                      I double her recipe, as it keeps for so long,
                      She recommends one week at room temp., but I prefer 10 days.
                      So easy lemons, lemon juice, and course salt.
                      Then covered with olive oil and refrigerated.

                      1. re: erly
                        The Chowhound Team RE: erly Nov 26, 2007 04:31 PM

                        You are welcome to post a link to a recipe, or a paraphrase of one, on the Home Cooking board:


                  2. re: bluedog
                    cocolou RE: bluedog Nov 25, 2007 07:40 PM

                    A good site with lots of good recipes. Thanks!

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              river RE: foodchump Nov 25, 2007 09:48 AM

              Super Alvand (the Middle Eastern food place) in Kensington Market had them last time I went, but I haven't been there in a long time. Hope this helps.

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                cocolou RE: foodchump Nov 25, 2007 09:57 AM

                So easy to make yourself... I know, this not the answer you were looking for. Sorry. But they would be the best of all!

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                  embee RE: foodchump Nov 25, 2007 05:42 PM

                  You'll find them for sale at any well stocked mid-eastern store. NASR has them in their olive bar at the back of the store. You'll also find them widely available in jars at Chinese groceries (though I've no idea how they are used in Chinese cuisines).

                  They are, indeed, ridiculously easy to make yourself. I used to buy them at NASR, who had a marvelous oil-preserved version that was worth the trip from downtown. However, they no longer carry these and I am tempted to make my next batch at home. If you are searching for recipes, Paula Wolfert is the most authoritative English language source. But you can also just pack slashed lemons with coarse salt. Some recipes are ready in a couple of weeks. You can also get a usable quickie preserved lemon in a few days (sorry-recipe escapes...)

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                    Helina RE: foodchump Nov 26, 2007 05:03 AM

                    I bought a jar at Arz on Lawrence at Warden on the weekend. Sorry, I know that's not downtown, but it's a great store for Middle Eastern goodies. Also, I used the vegetable tagine recipe on the Chow recipe board and it was really good.

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                      foodchump RE: foodchump Nov 27, 2007 07:07 AM

                      Original Poster here - Thank you very much for the excellent suggestions. I will make up a batch myself, but my wife and I had a serious spur-of-the-moment craving for some Moroccan chicken. It worked out well.

                      Thanks again

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                        wickalicious RE: foodchump Nov 27, 2007 06:29 PM

                        FYI, should you (or anyone else) have a preserved lemon emergency in the future - i stumbled across multiple variety's of preserved lemons in oliffe's, the butchershop on yonge at summerhill. i took particular note of it b/c it seemed rather random that they should not only carry them, but carry three different brands. weird.

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                        canada874 RE: foodchump Jun 5, 2013 11:09 AM

                        I just found preserved lemons at Thomas Lavers Cannery & Deli in Kensington Market.

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                          jmk60 RE: foodchump Jun 6, 2013 04:22 AM

                          Dina's Cupboard in Yorkville has them, as does Petit Thuet on Yonge Street Near Rosedale Station, as does Edward Lesvesque on Queen St. East.

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                            slickpoodle RE: foodchump Jun 28, 2013 06:30 PM

                            I just bought a bottle of pickled lemons with safflower. I got it at House of Spice, 190 Augusta Avenue in Kensington Market.

                            Great store to buy all kinds of spices and specialty food items.

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