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    Can you freeze orange (or lemon) zest?

    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?
    Sue

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    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.

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    I've frozen it in clean spice jars, then just scooped out the amount I need for a recipe.
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    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!
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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rosen
    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!
    ~Moneypenny~

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    Awesome!!

    Thanks for the input!!! You folks are the best!! I know I can always count on help here!!!
    Sue

    I'm here with my best friend... my fork!! ~ Paula Deen

    If you always keep your head up, you'll never find that lucky penny on the sidewalk.

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