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suebear37
11-29-2006, 02:14 PM
I was just thinking as I threw the peel for my lunchtime orange away... is there any reason you can't zest the fruit & throw it in the freezer? I hate to think of all the times I've gone to the store to get a lemon just for the peel. I know you can save the juice...

Anybody with experience or ideas?

Grace
11-29-2006, 02:28 PM
Yes you can. It's basically just oil, and it goes rancid fast without refrigeration/freezing. I would definitely freeze it just like I do nuts and other oily things. I would make sure to vacuum pack it or seal it very well as it could dry out easily in the freezer though.

ClaraB
11-29-2006, 02:39 PM
I've frozen it in clean spice jars, then just scooped out the amount I need for a recipe.

donnamp14
11-29-2006, 02:45 PM
You people are my heroes!!!! I hate to toss it out. Now I can freeze it. And I know I have clean, empty spice jars somewhere....

Thanks!
-Donna

rosen
11-29-2006, 03:20 PM
I freeze mine in water or a bit of the juice of the fruit. The liquid keeps the zest moist & is quick to thaw when I want to use the zest. I have an old ice cube tray that I freeze them in & then transfer the cubes to a zip lock bag. This also helps w/ portion control as I know that 1 cube = 1 T of zest.

Mpenny1001
11-29-2006, 03:45 PM
I freeze mine in water or a bit of the juice of the fruit. The liquid keeps the zest moist & is quick to thaw when I want to use the zest. I have an old ice cube tray that I freeze them in & then transfer the cubes to a zip lock bag. This also helps w/ portion control as I know that 1 cube = 1 T of zest.

That's what my grandmother did. She found a baby food jar to be the perfect size for the juice and zest for 1 lemon pie. I loved opening her freezer and seeing all those little jars just waiting to be baked into delicious lemon pies!

suebear37
11-29-2006, 05:44 PM
Thanks for the input!!! You folks are the best!! I know I can always count on help here!!!