One week later, the juices in my lemon pickle sans oil have thickened.
The lemon peel still shows a fair amount of 'white' in the middle and still sports a slightly bitter after-taste.
We've had a couple of scorchers this past week and the pickle is really cooking in the heat. The juices have thickened even more. I can't wait to open it up in another week to see how far it's come! The taste thus far is divine.