Lemon Zest Tips And Tricks

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June 5, 2012

Freezing grated zest using wax paperMy good friend visited a few days and showed me how she freezes lemon or orange zest and juice from 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 Vi Johnson from Moorpark, CA

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April 13, 2012

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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December 3, 2012

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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January 3, 2014

Where can I buy an orange zester?

By Joan B.


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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