How to zest citrus fruits

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  • The Flavor Brightener

    Citrus zest is a wonderful ingredient to have up your sleeve to add brightness and nuance to a variety of dishes, sweet and savory. It's best to use organic fruit, but if you only have conventionally-produced citrus, make sure to wash off their waxy coating before zesting. Use a fine grater to gently scrape the zest off the surface of the fruit, being careful not to go too deep into the white pith, which can be very bitter.

  • How to Use Citrus Zest

    Lemon, lime, orange, or grapefruit zest are a perfect addition to salad dressings, savory sauces, cakes, icings, and more. Their tangy flavor provides a great contrast to sweet, bitter, and umami flavors, and can often breathe life into otherwise ho-hum food.