This recipe is from mum
You will need :
1.Lemon or lime( I saw some ‘local/ kampong ’ lemon at the pasar malam and used these)
2.Coarse salt 粗盐 (how much you need will depend on the quantity of fruits that you have)
3.Glass jar for storage ( the big Horlicks or Nescafe jars are suitable or any glass jars will do)
b)Drop the fruits into the boiling water and leave to boil for 10 – 15 minutes
c) Remove fruits from heat and leave to cool on a sieve
d)Pack the fruits with salt into the jars
e)Leave the lime/lemon in salt until the fruits are wrinkled – this takes about ~ 2 weeks for the lemon I tried. (After 1 week , I found that I could pack all the fruits into 1 jar ( I started with 2 jars)
f)Wash the salt from the fruits. Place the fruits on a plate and steam them for about 5 – 10 minutes . the fruits will bloat during the steaming and will very quickly wrinkle when heat is removed.
g)Leave the fruits to cool and pack them into dry jars for storage – and the pickles are ready.
For making delicious and refreshing drinks, use a folk to breakup the pickled fruits ( and squeeze some fresh lime juice for the extra umpphh) , add sugar syrup , add some ice cubes. This is also a good remedy for clearing phlegm-omit the ice cubes.
h)To make the sweetened version of pickled lemon/lime- after steaming the fruits, make some thick sugar syrup and pour them into the storage jar, leave for 2 weeks or so.
NB: the salt can be recycled, run some water over the salt to rinse it ( make sure you don’t use too much water and dissolve all the salt lah ), let them dry in a sieve and store them into a container until your next project.