Today I made my very first video ever – all by my self!! Now, if you are a 15-year old girl, that might not seem like a big deal, but I am not a 15-year old girl, and it is a big deal! I’m pretty proud of myself – I even posted it on YouTube! So while production value might seem a little low, the learning experience was great, and I’m looking forward to doing another one again soon!
Now, at the risk of using up my exclamation point allowance for the day all in one place, let’s get on to the subject at hand: Zest!
Right this moment, the crisp, citrusy scent of orange zest fills my home, awaking my the senses on the grayest of Oregon days and signaling that the holidays are at hand. Fresh, colorful, and bursting with flavor, zest cannot be beat. Zest enlivens everything it touches, savory or sweet, and like good wine, it can subtly enhance the flavor of a multitude of dishes.
Zesting an orange (or lemon or lime) is pretty easy, but there are a few important points. OK, really there’s only one: don’t get carried away and get into the pithy white part of the skin – it is very bitter. Use a light hand and it’s a piece of cake.
Zest can be frozen, so if your having an orange for lunch, you can take a minute in the morning to zest it. Then throw the orange in a baggie for lunch, and the zest into the freezer to be used later to perk up everything from sauces to cake.
A few of the many uses for citrus zest:
- Use it with pasta – it will brighten the flavor of any sauce. Or keep it simple and toss pasta together with a little olive oil, salt, parmesan and lemon zest for a fast, easy side dish.
- Make citrus sugar.
- Make lemon or orange butter.
- Use it to infuse tea with warm, citrusy flavor.
- Sprinkle it over salads, baked fish or chicken.
- Enliven just about any sauce with a little lemon or orange zest.
Regarding the Microplane that I used in this video: All comments were made out of pure appreciation for this product. I received no compensation for my stunningly glowing review of the aforementioned Microplane (aka “Zester”), but I would be OK with it if someone from the Microplane company wanted to reward me with other fascinating products to review. I’ll let y’all know if that happens.