Several of our favorite holiday recipes call for citrus zest for that extra little burst of flavor. Zest is the outer skin of a citrus fruit. It contains the essential oils of the fruit so it adds nice concentrated flavor to recipes. If zesting is something you haven’t done yet, here are some instructions. I like to zest any organic citrus I have and keep it in the freezer for when I need it.

How To Zest Citrus

My favorite tool for zesting is a Microplane zester.

1) Wash and dry the citrus fruit

2) Slide the Zester across the skin, taking care to scrape just the outer color of the skin. The inner layers are more bitter.

3) Store in a small glass jar in the freezer


Using food grade essential oils is another way to add flavor to recipes.

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