Tagged With preserved lemons

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Preserved lemons are something special. They somehow manage to bring all five flavours to the table. With only two ingredients — lemon and salt — their primary flavours are (obviously) sour and salty, but after hanging out at room temperature for a while, the citrus mellows, developing a gentle sweetness with just a bit of bitterness and a hint of umami.

But lemons shouldn’t have all the fun; you can achieve very similar results with Buddha’s hand citron.

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Welcome to this week's edition of Will It Sous Vide?, the weekly column where I usually make whatever you want me to with my immersion circulator. I spent the earlier part of this week working on a super secret and exciting sous vide project, so I decided to try a quick and easy experiment for this week's column, and see if I could whip up a sweet and sour condiment that usually takes several weeks to make.

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I like to divide my life into two eras: The time before I knew about preserved lemons and the time after I knew about preserved lemons. Unlike fresh lemon zest or juice, these funky little wedges add a bit of umami along with acidic brightness.