Prepare the ingredients before making Dried Zest.. Lime, Lemon, Orange, Tangerine, Grapefruit, etc. in your home. Then, follow these steps below to serve Dried Zest.. Lime, Lemon, Orange, Tangerine, Grapefruit, etc. for your family or friends.
Ingredients: Dried Zest.. Lime, Lemon, Orange, Tangerine, Grapefruit, etc.
1 any citrus fruit with a rind, see directions
How to Make Dried Zest.. Lime, Lemon, Orange, Tangerine, Grapefruit, etc.
If you have prepared the ingredients needed, now time to start cooking. There are 20 steps you must follow to make Dried Zest.. Lime, Lemon, Orange, Tangerine, Grapefruit, etc. in your home by yourself.
I've always avoided recipes with calling for zest. as I never wanted to take the time to zest everytime I cooked. for several reasons.. 1. wasn't sure what it was.. and 2. once I found out I thought it to be to much work for everytime I wanted to bake something.. but if u have a nice bowl of it on hand.. it makes it so much easier. u can even combine different citric fruits for different flavor combinations.
first u need to gather the things u need.
u need.. a large plate, a grater (or zester if u have one)(I don't and have always used the smallest part of the grater) fruit of choice, lime, lemon, orange, tangerine, grapefruit, a clean new unused toothbrush(soft bristles)
stand grater so its over the plate.
place fruit in hand and gently scrape the fruit rind/peel over the smallest side of the grater.
be sure u only get the colored portion of the rind as the white part tend to be bitter instead of flavorful.
keep turning the fruit as u go to ensure u get all u can out of it.
once the lime is pretty much bare, u have a littlee bit of zest on the plate and a lot still stuck on your grater. do not use your finger!
this is where the toothbrush comes in handy. gently pressing scrape off zest from grater onto plate. making u sure u scrape both sides to get the maximum out of it.
tap grater onto plate to get anything else off and set aside.
now u have a plate covered in zest.
to dry it is very simple. spread it out as much as u can over entire plate. and let sit for a day.
once dry place into airtight container.
now u have dried zest on hand whenever u need it.
I do all my fruits in one day. fill a small container so when I need it I don't waste valuable cooking time. :)
today I did lime. the bigger the fruit the more zest u get.
once done with your limes.. don't throw them out!
they still have many uses.. squeeze them and drain of their liquids! store in airtight container in fridge.. for the next time u make lime chicken quesadillas! (recipe is in my profile)
also u can make candied lime slices.. recipe is also in my profile. :)
enjoy! and have fun and be sure not grate your knuckles!
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