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Old 05-21-2008, 10:04 PM   #1
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Can you freeze lemon zest?

It seems I always end up with recipes that call for lemon juice, no zest, or vice versa.
I can always find something to do with the juice, but I'm wondering if I can freeze the zest for a rainy day where I need zest but not the juice, instead of zesting a whole new lemon.

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Old 05-21-2008, 10:07 PM   #2
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Yes, it freezes really well.

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Old 05-21-2008, 10:10 PM   #3
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cool, thanks!
I do it with ginger all the time, i figured it would be ok.
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Supposedly freezing zest makes it even more potent.
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I don't freeze the zest, but I freeze the lemon halves from being squeezed. When I need zest, I just zest the frozen flesh on my microplane. Sooooo good.
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Old 05-22-2008, 02:13 AM   #6
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Short answer to your original question suziquzie - yes.
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Old 05-22-2008, 08:46 AM   #7
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Thanks....
How about minced fresh garlic? I don't like the bottled stuff I think it tastes funny. I always chop it fresh, but if I had a few TB in the freezer in a pinch that would be swell!
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Old 05-22-2008, 09:04 AM   #8
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lemons- when i see them on sale I buy alot of them, zest them all and put the zest into freezer - i take plastic wrap zest the lemon onto it and fold into a lil pkg so i know i have one lemon in each lil ppkg then put inot freezer bag -then put the whole lemons in the freezer for when i need them - works great-- sometimes i will juice all of them and place the juice into ice cube trays - when frozen pop them out and store into a freezer bag. then put the rest into another bag just to throw into soups shrimp boil , chicken etc. I purchased ice cube trays from the dollar store for the juice as it sometimes leaves the flavor of the lemon

Garlic- I have frozen it many times - just remember it will come out softer. I will chopp a bunch up and place in a jar and pour olive oil over it and store in fridge, that way you have garlic flavored oil and chopped garlic.
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Supposedly freezing zest makes it even more potent.
Just what I wanted to say :)
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Old 07-15-2008, 07:55 AM   #10
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I don't freeze the zest, but I freeze the lemon halves from being squeezed. When I need zest, I just zest the frozen flesh on my microplane. Sooooo good.
Glad this thread came back up...
Katie I froze my last lemon halves to try it your way...
IT IS SO EASY!!!! I like zesting them much better when frozen.
Thanks!
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