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Before I eat an orange, or use the juice of a lemon, I always grate the rind off, and keep frozen in a container. Then when a recipe calls for either, I always have some zest on hand. Handy to have to whip up a special salad dressing, too!
By Shirley from Galiano, B.C.
Dried orange rind perks up a lot of recipes, but it's very expensive to buy in a jar.
Make your own by grating the rind (not the white part), spreading it out on a dish and placing it the freezer for 2 or 3 weeks.
By Betty Ann Kahn
I believe you are freezing it for 2 to 3 weeks to dry it. I'm sure once it is dried and put into an air tight container it should last for quite a while.
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Save the rind - don't discard the rind of lemon, grapefruit or oranges. It makes excellent flavorings for cakes, frostings and such. Wash it well and grate, being careful not to include the bitter white part (called pith) under the rind. Put it in a tightly covered glass jar and store in the refrigerator.
Leftover apple, orange, or lemon rind can be put into your tea as it's steeping to add a wonderful flavor and aroma just like the fancy gourmet tea blends.
That sounds like a great idea! Those artificial flavourings can be so "artificial".
I always put fruit rinds into the garbage disposal. It freshens as well as cleans the blades. (01/22/2005)