Saving Lemon Zest – Quick Tip

By Jeanie Rose | Citrus

Jun 18

Tips for Making and Using Lemon Zest at FreshBitesDaily.comScratch into the skin of a freshly picked lemon. Take a deep whiff. It’s a heady experience, isn’t it? The zest of the lemon carries a powerful amount of flavor, flavor you can enjoy long after the lemon itself is gone.

When faced with a need for lemon juice, as in making lemonade, consider removing the zest before squeezing the lemons. Why throw away an opportunity to save flavor and save money? Lemon zest often substitutes well for vanilla in many recipes.

Check out these easy steps for preserving that zest.

Lemon Zest Steps

  1. Wash and dry the lemons.
  2. Grate the zest, taking as little of the white as possible. The white membrane is bitter. It is best to leave it behind.
  3. Spread the grated zest on a piece of kitchen parchment paper laid out on a baking sheet.
  4. Place the loaded baking sheet in a warm place. If you have an oven with a pilot, place the baking sheet in the oven. If you have a dehydrator, you can use the dehydrator with the temperature set to 100 degrees.
  5. When the zest is crumbly dry, in a day or two, store it in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid and place the jar in a cool, dark place.

For optimum flavor, soak the zest in a bit of warm water for about 30 mintes before using. If you are using the zest in baking, use some of the liquid from your recipe to soak the zest before adding it to your batter.

What could be easier? For more fun, try zesting different varieties of citrus. From one variety to another, you will find a broad spectrum of flavors to work with. Have a great time!

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10 years ago

Limone ZEST 12 limones (organic) + 1 fine rasp ( ). You need a 2+ liter jar. You are to secure: A liter of 90% cheap Alcohol Also a couple of appropriate bottles for eventual bottling ‘at home’. How do you make Limonecello Take the Zest from 12 Limones Add the Zest to the one liter of the finest cheap Alcool 90% Leave for one+ week in cool dark place – stir-mix occasionally A 7-10 days later: Take 500 grams of sugar and a liter of water – simmer till sugar dissolves As the sugar water cools Filter out the Zest and… Read more »

10 years ago

I wish someone told me this a while ago! I started using lemon juice because I was told it would help me lose weight, might as well use the rest of it too.

10 years ago

Thanks for sharing your tips. I do squeeze a lot of lemon every week and now I know what to do to have a stock of lemon zest at home.

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