Does running your fruit over a box grater / hand grater not work? Here is a handy post on how to zest citrus fruits using your handheld kitchen appliances since the by-hand way is so time consuming! I keep a jar of dried orange zest around but I like fresh lemon/lime zest sometimes.
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- 1You will need a vegetable/potato peeler plus a mini food chopper or spice grinder for this. Blenders also work.
- 2Wash your fruit, then make sure it is perfectly dry.
- 3Run the peeler down the lemon/lime and make about 8 strips.
- 4Cut the strips in half.
- 5Put the strips in the chopper/grinder with the sugar and then pulse in the chopper until very fine. If using a blender, use the Liquefy setting for about 15-20 seconds.
- 6It's ready to be used in your recipe now!
- 7Got dried zest such as dried orange peel, etc? If you're like me and prefer the convenience of dried, here's how to make it close to fresh-- hydrate it with 3 parts water to 1 part peel. and let it stand for 15 minutes prior to using. I think powdered lemon rind works like regular zest and doesn't require rehydration.
- 8Please note-- rehydration DOUBLES the dry amount! For instance, if you hydrate 1 Tbsp zest with 3 Tbsp water, you will get 2 Tbsp "freshened" zest.
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Nutritional Facts for How to Make Lemon / Lime / Orange Zest
Serving Size: 1 (64 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 2
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 28.9
- Calories from Fat 2
- Total Fat 0.2 g
- Saturated Fat 0.0 g
- Cholesterol 0.0 mg
- Sodium 2.2 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 11.4 g
- Dietary Fiber 3.4 g
- Sugars 2.6 g
- Protein 0.8 g