The Basics: Fresh Citrus Zest

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The Technique

How To Zest Fresh Citrus

The thin outer portion of a piece of citrus holds such gold & when added to recipes, just a tiny bit can truly take it from ordinary to extraordinary. Removing the zest should be a quick process if the right tools are used & a microplane grater stashed away in the kitchen drawer will reward you time & time again when a little extra oomph is needed for those simple recipes. Cake batters, salad dressing, marinades, cheese spreads, tart crust, pie fillings, pastry cream, muffins, fillings & cookies are just some of the items that can benefit from a little zest. Follow my tips for getting the most from a few humble limes.

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How To Zest Fresh Citrus

Originally developed for woodworking, the sharp, tiny blades of a microplane grater make this simple preparation task a breeze. Apply this technique to any citrus fruit for your most flavorful recipes ever.

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Hold the microplane grater over a cutting board, allowing the tip to rest over the surface at an angle. Swipe just the outer portion of the citrus over the tool towards the board. Turn the fruit after each swipe. You only want to collect zest with color & not the white, bitter pith just underneath the surface. Repeat the process until you have collected the amount needed for the recipe. Execute this process before juicing the fruit in order to make the best use of your purchase. The zest can be grated over plastic wrap & stored briefly if you’d like to use it later as a garnish. Cover tightly & refrigerate up to a day ahead of time. Sprinkle over desserts just before serving. A wooden pick makes separating & dispersing the zest a cinch. 

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