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I just zested half of an orange for pain d'epices and am not sure what to do with the un-zested remainder. Will it keep for awhile in the fridge? Or should I zest the rest, freeze it and have myself a glass of fresh OJ?

asked by lifestooshort over 6 years ago
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hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

added over 6 years ago

I'll sometimes put zested oranges in a plastic bag and keep them in the fridge for a few days. Anything longer than that, I'd just go with your latter suggestion.

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added over 6 years ago

Zest it completely and wrap the zest into a small packet with plastic wrap. Then, put your packet in a baggie and keep in the freezer. It'll keep like this quite well for about 3 months, less well for about 6 months. Use it thawed in breads, cakes, cookies, etc. A word of warning: do NOT thaw it by microwaving. The essential oil in the zest will combust and you'll have a tiny flash of flame, a bit of smoke, and rather an odd scent to your kitchen for a week.

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added over 6 years ago

supreme (or segment, which is just removing the pith and membranes) the rest of the orange and enjoy it over yogurt and honey or ice cream.

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added over 6 years ago

Thanks for the tips!!

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added over 6 years ago

zest the whole thing, freeze the extra zest, and make yourself a screwdriver!

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AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

added over 6 years ago

I usually freeze zest, pulled using a conventional zester and not a microplane, in the juice. The freezer tends to dry out the zest too much, even when well wrapped, when frozen alone. If I don't need the juice in the recipe, I just strain it. The juice that is left over is delicious, by the way. ;o)

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added over 6 years ago

OK, I'm on my second batch of pain d'epices--the recipe on Wild Yeast's blog is delicious, by the way. AntoniaJames, do you find that zest from a regular zester keeps better than microplaned zest? Kayb, I like your advice, but at this early hour of the day maybe will opt for a mimosa instead!

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