I love the fresh flavor of baked goods with citrus. I learned early on in my cooking adventures that if you want great citrus flavor, you must include the zest in your recipes! Here in Utah, good oranges are only available during the winter months. I have learned to utilize my freezer so that we can have yummy citrus recipes all year long.
Did you know that you can freeze orange, lemon, and lime zest? It freezes well, and lasts for months in an airtight container. Are you ready to try it? Here's how I do it:
How To Freeze Orange Zest
Wash your orange really well to remove any pesticides. I use dish soap. Rinse and dry, then zest onto a piece of waxed paper or a plate. The zest is just the outside colored part of the skin, you don't want the bitter white stuff!
Now take a teaspoon and measure out little spoonfuls of orange zest. Plop them onto a plate that is lined with waxed paper.
Place the plate in the freezer for about an hour. Then take the teaspoons of orange zest and put them in an airtight container. Put on the lid and label them if you feel like it. Put the container into the freezer.
Now any time you need orange zest for a recipe, you can just grab the amount you need from the freezer!
-This freezing method works just as well with lemons and limes. I keep both a container of orange zest and a container of lemon zest in my freezer.
-The zest from one orange equals about 1 tablespoon, the zest from one lemon equals about 2 teaspoon, and the zest from one lime equals 1-2 teaspoons.
-I usually break up the spoonfuls of frozen zest with a fork before adding them to my recipe.