Stocking Up on Lemon/Orange Zest

Posted by hsimpsongrossman on February 17, 2014

I am sure you have all had the saying “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade”, tossed at you at various points in time.  I am happy for those of you who like lemonade, as I am sure it made you feel a bit better.

Yours Truly, however, is a half empty glass type of person.  And the not empty half contains water or coffee – I don’t like lemonade.

Occasionally, upon noticing the grimace forming on my face following a lame attempt to cheer me up with that lemonade shtick, some wise-ass  would toss a variation thereof, such as: “when life gives you lemons, grab a Vodka (or Tequila or Scotch and so on). Ha ha.  I do like that version much more, yet given the number of years I have been pregnant and/or nursing over the past 16  years, I couldn’t find much comfort in the alcoholic version either.

So I did the unthinkable and came up with an uplifting version, much more suitable for me: “when life gives you lemons (or oranges) – stock up on lemon (or orange) rind for all your baking needs!”.  Now, that makes me feel much better.

Stock Up on Lemon Zest Half Full Lemon
Half Full Lemon

If your family consumes a great amount of lemons and oranges per day/week during the winter, you are an avid baker yet do not like wasting unnecessarily, this is the time to practice one of Aesop’s lessons and be an ant.

Prior to peeling those oranges for an afternoon snack or squeezing the juice out of those lemons onto your salad, scrub the unpeeled fruit, tap them dry, gently grate the zest  of your citrus of choice (beware of over zealous grating though, as you do not want to get to the white and bitter part of the peel), place the grated zest in small resealable bags (I re-open those bags almost daily and add more zest as winter progresses) and stock up on orange/lemon zest when they are in abundance, most flavorful and not overly expensive.

Stock Up on Lemon Zest Better than Lemonade
Better than Lemonade

 

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