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Preserved Lemon -- Is that normal

Gigihsu Jul 13, 2012 12:53 PM

I just bought a jar of preserved lemon. When I opened it, I saw black dots on the lid, and the very first lemon on top. Is that normal? Are they still safe to use?

It is frustrating. The jar cost more than $10. I thought the commercial ones are safer than homemade.....

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    Sushiqueen36 Jul 13, 2012 01:20 PM

    That doesn't look normal to me. I would take it back and see if they would exchange for another jar. Looks like maybe the lid didn't seal properly and the exposed part of the top lemon molded a bit.

    1. chefj Jul 13, 2012 05:30 PM

      Home made preserved Lemons are not unsafe. They are easy to make and because of the salt and acid involved are not a big risk with the most basic sanitation.
      And at 10$ worth the time.

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        mary shaposhnik Jul 13, 2012 06:10 PM

        I have no idea what the black dots are and whether it's safe or unsafe. But I've bought tons of preserved lemons and never seen that.

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          sedimental Jul 13, 2012 07:04 PM

          Not normal.

          I make preserved lemons, limes and even clementines...no black spots. I would take it back.

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          1. re: sedimental
            nbgrits Jul 15, 2012 08:42 AM

            What do you use preserved clementines in?

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              sedimental Jul 15, 2012 11:49 AM

              Anything you would use the lemons in. I like them with chicken, duck and shrimp dishes the best.

              I preserve meyer lemons and tangerines too.

              I use them all in cous cous, quinoa and bulgar dishes. Cold cous cous salad with preserved oranges, parsley and pine nuts is a favorite. They are also good with coriander seeds in the jars. I don't care for honey preserved oranges (which is more traditional) because I don't eat sweets much.

              Also...this is a great way to preserve blood oranges when you can get them.

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                pitterpatter Jul 15, 2012 03:33 PM

                Thank you. I am making preserved clementines tomorrow!

                1. re: sedimental
                  meatn3 Jul 15, 2012 06:45 PM

                  Kumquats are fun too! A little tedious to make though.

            2. gingershelley Jul 13, 2012 09:01 PM

              It sounds like oxidation; from the heavy concentration of citric acid and salt, but - I would take it back - any commercial jar should have packaging that would prevent this - especially at $10 a jar!

              Then, come back to CH, and do a search here for 'preserved lemons". There are two active threads about them that have tons of tips and recipes to make your own for less than 1/2 that!

              1. gansu girl Jul 15, 2012 06:11 AM

                That looks like mold to me - I'm a regular consumer of these and the only time I've seen that is when they've sat for waaaaay too long in my fridge. Take them back!


                1. Bacardi1 Jul 15, 2012 05:43 PM

                  Return them.

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