Okay, more on this technique, at least for lemons. I was considering these dried or salted, so didn't think of this file. but I guess you could consider them pickled.
presrvd-lemons-msg(45K) 10/29/11 Dried, pickled and salted preserved lemons.
These are called for in a number of middle eastern recipes, both period and modern.
In the case below, the oil is only used to seal the juice and contents from the air, and things in it.
On Jul 21, 2013, at 1:03 AM, Russ Myrick <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I just saw a thing about pickled/salted fruits from the Mid-East not to long ago on the LWN channel.
> Soak fresh citrus fruit (Oranges, Limes, Lemons, Grapefruit, etc.) in fresh, or distilled water, over night.
> Cut the fruit into cross sectioned halves, then cut each half, most of the way through, into quarters so that the halves can be laid out into 4 petal stars.
> Pack a layer of fruit halves into the bottom of a 1 gallon, or 1/2 gallon, jar. They used clay ones in the beginning of the show, but used glass ones later on, so either should work just fine.
> Cover the fruit and any empty spaces with pickling/canning salt.
> Repeat until the jar is mostly full (No more than 1 inch below the neck of the jar), the closer to the neck the better.
> Make sure the contents are tightly packed.
> Cover the contents with at least 1/4 inch of olive oil. They did not completely fill the jars with olive oil.
> Store in a cool, dry place for a minimum of 6 weeks before consuming/using the contents. This renders the fruit pulp/meat, producing the pickle juice. The rinds will settle to the bottom of the jar, and can be used for snacking, or for cooking later on. The pulp & juice mix is used for drinking, or flavoring.
> Be sure to draw off the oil before consuming the juice or rinds.
> According to the show's hosts, this method was capable of storing the fruit for up to 10 years without spoilage.
> On Sat, Jul 20, 2013 at 11:56 PM, Nest ffynnon <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Thank you!
> Again, I'm looking for pickle juice that has electrolites.
> Probably for veggies, though not necessarily only cucumbers.
> My favorite appetizer EVER was pickled watermelon rind wrapped in bacon.
> I'll peruse the files and see what I can find.
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