Lemon Zest Tips And Tricks

Lemon zest is a great way to naturally add more lemon flavor to your recipes. There are many tools and techniques for getting all the yellow zest without the bitter white pith beneath. This is a guide for lemon zest tips and tricks.


June 5, 2012 Flag

My good friend visited a few days and showed me how she freezes lemon or orange zest and juice fron one fruit. She uses a zester or fine grater on waxed paper, then folds it over several times and lays it flat. She then puts them in a quart freezer bag. When she needs zest, she always has the right amount.

She freezes lemon or orange juice in the amounts called for in most recipes (ie: "juice of one lemon", 1 or 2 Tbsp., etc.) It takes less time to thaw out. We did some up with the lemons she brought from her yard. Now I have plenty to make the lemon cake recipe she gave me.

I also save the plastic cereal box liners in the freezer door to use for coating pork chops/chicken, coating Sandy Cookies with powdered sugar etc. They are out of the way and I always have "free" bags to use.

Source: My friend Mary

By Great Granny Vi from Moorpark, CA

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June 5, 20120 found this helpful

Great ideas, and very frugal. Having some lovely zest in the freezer to use whenever I want is a great idea. Thank you!

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June 6, 20120 found this helpful

Great tip! And that Eskimo in the pic looks cold. :-)

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June 6, 20120 found this helpful

What a wonderfully simple yet smart idea! And I adore all of the many whimsical touches in and around your house, Vi, and you know that I simply must keep an eye out for an Eskimo to live in my freezer now too! :-)

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June 7, 20120 found this helpful

Thanks friends, The COLD Eskimo is a baking soda holder from a dear friend. GG Vi

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January 3, 2014 Flag
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Where can I buy an orange zester?

By Joan B.

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January 7, 20140 found this helpful
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You should be able to buy an orange zester at just about any supermarket or department store. If you are looking for a specific brand, such as Microplane, you should look at a specialty store that carries nice kitchen utensils. Sur La Table, Williams-Sonoma or even Bed, Bath and Beyond would be good places to look.

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December 3, 2012 Flag

Whenever I eat an orange or use a lemon, I always use my microplane to grate the zest. I then put it in a small plastic container and freeze it. I always have zest for any recipe.

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April 13, 2012 Flag
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I always hated the process of zesting a lemon. I have had several zesters and either the lemon or the zester kept sliding out of my hands

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