How to Preserve Lemons or limes

Preserved lemons (or limes!) in salt is one of my favorite canning projects because it is EASY. All you need is some fruit, kosher salt, and a clean jar - well, some time too if you count that as an ingredient. I was the lucky recipient of a box of Rangpur limes - one of my favorite esoteric citrus fruits - from Shae who I bonded with years ago over our love of fruit and preserving. So, long story short I preserved a couple of jars of them in salt which I will use in savory (and sweet!) dishes all year long. I just love their sour funky flavor and their gorgeous color!

It's a beautiful process and I teamed up with Pete again who made this incredible video (including the music that I just LOVE). I hope you like it, and I always say this, but more to come!


Preserved Lemons or Limes

Making preserved lemons is one of my favorite winter canning projects and is one of the easiest too. It is really more a formula than a specific recipe so feel free to scale these amounts up or down depending on how much use you think you’ll get out of them. Meyer lemons are wonderful preserved because of their thin skin and small amount of white pith, but regular lemons are great too.

1 quart sized canning jar and lid or 2 pint jars

8-10 organic lemons, well scrubbed

kosher salt

Slice off the stem end and bottom of each lemon (only if they have big nubs). Stand the lemons up and, cut an “X” into each lemon, stopping about 1/2-inch from the bottom so all four quarters are still connected at the base. Hold each lemon open with your fingertips and sprinkle salt on the inside and outside of each one.

Cover the bottom of the jar with a thin layer of salt and place each lemon in the jar, pressing  to release the juices. Fill the jar with the lemons, leaving about 1-inch of headspace. If the lemons are not completely submerged in juice, top the jar off with additional lemon juice until they are covered. Sprinkle salt on the top of the jar, screw on the lid and give the whole thing a shake.

Let the jar sit at room temperature for three days, turning the jar each day to distribute the salt and juices. After three days, store the jar in the refrigerator, making sure to turn it every couple of days. The lemons are ready when their rinds are very soft, about 3 weeks. To cook with the lemons, remove them from the jar and rinse with cool water. Remove and discard the pulp and seeds and chop the rind. They’ll keep in the fridge, submerged in juice, for one year. 

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A Spring Potluck with Whole Foods Market and Instacart

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Rhubarb and Rye Upside Down Cake | apt 2b baking co

Every Spring when the weather finally warms up enough that the cherry trees start to blossom it seems like everyone in Brooklyn emerges from hibernation. We all trade our winter jackets and scarves for lighter gear and sunglasses and our neighborhoods finally feel bustling and busy again. Warm weather also makes it much easier to convince friends to leave their cozy apartments to hang out. I'm a big fan of the casual weeknight potluck and while potlucks are just about the easiest way to entertain, there's a little trick I use to make it even easier on me - grocery delivery from Whole Foods Market.

It is such a time saver whether I am hosting a little get together or I am in the middle of a shoot and realize that I need another bunch of parsley or a pound of butter or whatever. I work by myself most of the time so in the middle of a busy workday it super convenient to hop on my phone and order whatever I need without leaving the kitchen and interrupting my workflow. It also makes entertaining on a weeknight totally doable because while I work I can also order up the ingredients for perfect cheese plate and dessert, and it is delivered straight to my door - my pals can bring the rest :) 

The cake pictured here is one of my very favorite Spring recipes from my book - a Rhubarb and Rye Upside Down Cake. It is just a bit wholesome from the rye flour and topped with a pound of perfectly pink and tart rhubarb. It's perfect with a little something bubbly to round out a Spring meal.

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Rhubarb and Rye Upside-Down Cake

Makes one 9-inch cake

An upside-down cake is a great way to highlight just about any fruit, but this springy version is especially nice due to rhubarb’s vibrant pink hue and tart flavor. The cake batter is light, fluffy, and speckled with just enough rye flour to make it interesting. As the cake bakes, the tart rhubarb juices caramelize into a delicious sauce that soaks into the cake. Serve slices of cake warm, with a bit of whipped cream or ice cream on the side for a perfect spring treat.

Rhubarb Topping

1 pound (450g) rhubarb, leaves removed, cut into 2-inch (5cm) lengths

1 vanilla bean

3⁄4 cup (150g) granulated sugar

1/4 cup (55g) unsalted butter

1 teaspoon lemon zest

Pinch salt

Cake

1 cup (125g) all purpose flour

1 cup (130g) rye flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar

2 large eggs, at room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups (355ml) buttermilk, at room temperature

To Serve

Lightly sweetened whipped cream or ice cream, to serve (optional)

Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 375F (190C/Gas Mark 5). Butter a 9-inch cake pan or springform pan, 3 inches tall, line it with parchment paper, and butter that too. Dust the pan and paper with flour.

To make the rhubarb topping: Use the tip of a knife to split the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape out the seeds; reserve the pod for another use. Combine the sugar, butter, vanilla seeds, lemon zest, and salt in a skillet and set over medium low heat. Heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar and butter begin to melt together, then add the rhubarb. Cook the rhubarb, turning it occasionally in the pan, until it is juicy, tender, and slightly caramelized but not falling apart, 6 to 8 minutes. Pour the rhubarb and its juices into the prepared pan and spread in an even layer. Set aside while you prepare the cake batter.

To make the cake: In a medium bowl, whisk the all purpose and rye flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar together at medium high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing for 30 seconds after each addition. Add the vanilla and mix for 30 seconds. Use a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl. Alternate adding the flour mixture and the buttermilk in three additions and mix until just combined. Carefully pour the batter over the rhubarb in the pan and smooth the top. Tap the pan gently on the counter to remove any air bubbles. If using a springform pan, set it on a baking sheet to catch any potential leakage.

Bake the cake until the top is golden and a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Let the cake cool on a rack

for 15 minutes, then carefully invert onto a serving platter. Remove the parchment paper and reposition any rhubarb that has stuck to the paper. Cut into wedges and serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream, if you like. This cake is best served the day that it’s made.

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This post was created in partnership with Whole Foods Market powered by Instacart. Thoughts and opinions are my own, as always.