Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke
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1 cup (serving size: 1 tablespoon)

This classic Moroccan condiment brings lemony zing to lamb and poultry dishes. We've added saffron for earthy flavor and beautiful golden-orange color. Pack in a wide-mouth glass pint container, and attach this recipe suggestion to the gift: For subtle lemon-saffron flavor, stir 2 chopped preserved lemon slices into 2 cups cooked basmati rice.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine salt and saffron. Place one lemon slice in bottom of a wide-mouth 2-cup glass container. Sprinkle with a dash of salt mixture. Repeat layers with the remaining lemon slices and salt mixture. Cover and let stand at room temperature 3 days.

Step 2

After 3 days, press the lemon slices down with a spoon. Pour the juice and oil over lemon slices. Place a ramekin, custard cup, or clean decorative stone on top of lemon slices (to weigh them down). Cover and let stand at room temperature 5 days. Remove weight, and cover with lid of container.

Step 3

Note: Preserved lemons can be stored at room temperature for up to a month or refrigerated for up to 6 months.

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