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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

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

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3) Store in a small glass jar in the freezer

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

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