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Apr 26, 2010 06:59 PM

How long can I keep homemade preserved lemons or pickled ramps?

My boyfriend made preserved lemons (following Claudia Roden's recipe) and pickled ramps (following David Chang's recipe) almost a year ago. We have been using them bit by bit for the past year (from the same Mason jars in which the were originally stored) but they're not done yet. Does anybody know how long they can be kept/eaten?
The Claudia Roden book says the lemons "take about 4 weeks to mature and can last a year" and "If a piece of lemon is not covered (in the preserving liquid) it develops a white mold which is harmless and just needs to be washed off."
How would we know that they went bad? Any insight on this would be much appreciated.

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  1. Mine last until the next crop, i.e., one year.

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    1. re: pikawicca

      Exactly, preserved lemons last a very good long while. I've had them for at least a year.

      Ramps, well, maybe not as long. The recipe I have states that if refrigerated, they will last for weeks to a few months, or if canned, a few more months, or until they're all gone. So eat up.