can I eat this: preserved lemon edition
November 17, 2016 3:59 PM   Subscribe

Jar of commercially prepared and jarred preserved lemons, expired in April. They are totally fine, right?

Like, I know expiry dates are mostly fake, and this is just lemons and salt basically, so I assume I could eat these ten years from now and they would be the same. They taste and smell fine. I just don't want anyone to get botulism because of me, y'know?
posted by goodbyewaffles to Food & Drink (4 answers total)
They're fine. (Edit: if they were fine in April they are still fine now.)
posted by fingersandtoes at 4:31 PM on November 17, 2016

Still Tasty didn't list pickled lemons but I figure sauerkraut is just cabbage and salt (close enough) so I did a search for that and they were basically like 'shrug it might not taste as good'
posted by aniola at 6:48 PM on November 17, 2016

Texture and taste might be not quite what you expect, but I'd eat it without reservation.
posted by erst at 7:58 PM on November 17, 2016

Yep, like you said, you could eat these in ten years and they'd be identical. That's the whole point of preserved lemons.

(You only have to worry about botulism in low-acid and low-salt environments--preserved lemons are probably one of the most inhospitable environments for that bacteria to live in, period.)
posted by acroyear2 at 7:28 AM on November 18, 2016 [3 favorites]

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