Many recipes call for lemon zest. Zest is the shiny outer part of a lemon or orange. It includes strongly flavored oils that add complexity to a dish. Wisegeek.com has a good description of why zest is used.
In baked goods, lemon zest can be used to add a lemony flavor to the finished food product. The natural oils in the zest will slowly leach out through the cooking process, infusing the food with flavor. Individual pieces of lemon zest will also crack open in the teeth of consumers, producing a sudden burst of lemon flavor. Lemon zest can also be used as a food seasoning, or it can be added to various mixed drinks and beverages.
What is Lemon Zest?
It’s time to zest
The most common zesting approach is to shred the zest off the fruit in delicate slivers. The microplaner has become the defacto tool of chose. It can also be used with nutmeg, hard cheeses, and more.
Some recipes call for large sections of zest. Perhaps you are going to candy the peels or you want the zest to be decorative. This calls for a tool that will create strips. Rouxbe shows you how: Kitchen Tools | Zesters and Graters.
OXO delivers their trademarked bulbous, easy to hold style with this zester
J.A. Henckels has a zester with more pizazz and probably a heck of a lot sharper.
But why stop there? Let’s go for the whole shebang. This garnishing set from Wüsthof will have you zesting, curling, cutting, and balling in no time.
Time to start cooking
You’ll find lots of lemon recipes in Lemon Zest: More Than 175 Recipes with a Twist.
Find some lemon zest recipes on InsiderFood. For instance, here’s a wonderful Lemon Poppy Seed Cake recipe from SmittenKitchen.
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