Quick Pickled Lemons

Quick Pickled Lemons

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  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • A few threads of saffron
  • 1 large lemon, diced (including peel), retaining the juice


In a small bowl, mix together sugar, salt and saffron threads. Using a sturdy spoon and a firm hand, add diced lemons and their juices to the bowl and macerate until sugar mixture is evenly distributed. Transfer to a sterilized jar and let sit for 4 hours at room temperature.

Put the jar in the refrigerator and rest overnight. The lemons will be ready to use the following day, and will keep for up to two weeks in the refrigerator.

Special notes:

Jar Sterilizing Instructions: Wash your jars, bands and lids in hot, soapy water. Place empty jars in a large pot and completely cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat, and then boil for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave them in the hot water for up to 1 hour before filling.

This quick pickle is different than most: the lemon pieces are pickled in their own highly acidic juice, with just a little salt and sugar to help out the process.

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