Storing citrus zest: freeze or dry? (and for how long?)
- Michelly Nov 17, 2011 09:05 AM
I have a lime tree and a lemon tree. Periodically, I will get a pretty large number of either fruit, so it's pies, ades, cakes, and..ahem..margaritas. I also give many away.
But that's the juice (which I know can be frozen). What about the zest? Should I freeze it or dry it, and for how long?
I just put the shavings in aluminum foil, then into a plastic Ziplock-type bag. Stored in the holder on the freezer door (temperature about minus 2ºF).
Not sure whether aluminum foil would interact with more acidic zests.
Btw, I use fine shavings from a zester, not thick shavings from a peeler.
I can tell you zest wrapped in plastic wrap and store in the fridge will dry out. That's not such a bad thing depending on how you want to use it. If you want to retain the original texture and taste I would freeze
Last week I got out some lemon zest that I had frozen almost 1 1/2 years ago. It was as good as fresh, or nearly so.
Today I got out some orange zest that I'd frozen about the same time (February 2012). Just as good as fresh.
In both cases, I had wrapped the zest (fine shavings) in aluminum foil, folded several times over, then in a ziploc plastic sandwich bag, then all of that in a larger (gallon-size) freezer plastic bag.