When Life Gives You Lemons….

 

Zest Them!!!

Did you know you can make a lot more than lemonade out of those lemons?

lemon-zest

What about the lemon rind?  Do you use it?

 

The yellow rind or zest, as it’s called in cooking, packs a powerful lemony punch.  You can use a zester (pictured) to remove it in tiny little strips or a sharp vegetable peeler for larger strips.

Be sure to remove just the yellow zest.  The white pith between the rind and the fleshy fruit has an unpleasant bitter taste.

I used to throw out the lemon rinds and all that flavorful zest every time I juiced a lemon.  But now, whenever I need lemon juice for salad dressing or cooking, I automatically zest the lemon before I cut into it and set the zest aside in a bowl or jar.  You can use it right away in your cooking or just leave it on the counter to dry out.

There are a number of ways you can use that lemon zest:

  • Flavor your savory dishes.
  • Add it to your baking to make lemony cookies, muffins or desserts.
  • Use it to flavor your water.
  • Or sugar.
  • Or butter.
  • Put it in your homemade cleaning products for a little extra umph.

I let it dry out in a dedicated bowl.  Then I grind it into a coarse powder with a mortar and pestle (you can also use a spice grinder) and use it to make this wonderful Lemon-Pepper spice rub.

lemon-pepper-spice-rubLemon-Pepper Spice Rub

2 Tablespoons dried lemon peel
1/2 Tablespoon ground black peppercorn
1/2 Tablespoon garlic powder
2 Tablespoon sea salt
1 Tablespoon dried thyme
1/2 Tablespoon coriander
1/2 Tablespoon paprika
Rub this on meat and grill it for some added flavor!  Stay tuned, I’ll be posting my recipe for Lemon-Pepper Chicken with Pineapple Salsa soon!

 

 

You can do the same things with limes and oranges!

A citrus zester is a must have for any kitchen.  If you don’t have one, try this one.

What do YOU do with your zest?  Leave me a comment!

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