Wash lemons well. Cut off a thin slice of each end of the lemons and quarter them (cutting lengthwise), leaving the wedges attached to each bottom. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of salt in-between each sliced wedge and set aside.
Using a clean large glass jar with an air-tight lid, place 2 tablespoons of salt to cover bottom of jar. Take each lemon, one at a time, and place in jar, pressing down to release the juice and covering the lemon with another 1 teaspoon of salt. Repeat process with remaining lemons.
Finish by topping lemons with 2 tablespoons of salt and enough extra fresh lemon juice to fully submerge them in the liquid. Tightly cover the jar with the lid and shake the jar a few times. Leave at room temperature for 2 days, shaking the jar each day. On the third day, place jar in the refrigerator.
Lemons should be fully pickled in 3-4 weeks and ready to use. Will keep up to 1 year in refrigerator, making sure lemons are always submerged in the lemon juice.
To use: remove desired amount of lemon and remove the inside and all white pith, leaving only the rind. Use the rind as instructed in a recipe or eat as is (that's what I do sometimes as a snack!). Enjoy!
Makes 5 whole preserved lemons.
Lemons should be ready to use and fully pickled in 3-4 weeks.
Will keep up to 1 year in refrigerator; make sure lemons are always submerged in the lemon juice.