So you went to the store and bought too many dang oranges? That sucks, we’ve all been there! But what now? What do I do with this crazy big pile of oranges? Zest them of course! But how will I store it all? The answer is simple! You can freeze it!
Can you freeze orange zest?
Yes, you can freeze orange zest! Freezing it is a great way to make sure that your citrusy flavor lasts all winter. This guide will tell you how to do it properly so that the zest stays fresh and flavorful.
Frozen orange zest can be a great way to store the orangy citrus flavor when it’s not available or cost-effective. The orange zest will last up to six months in the freezer and taste as fresh as it did when you originally used it!
- -When zesting citrus fruit for your recipe, it’s important to make sure that the surface is free of bacteria by cleaning and drying it beforehand.
- -Remove the zest from the peel of an orange with a grater or a zester.
- -Don’t push too hard with the grater when you’re grating the orange peel. The white part is quite bitter.
- -You can pre-freeze shredded zest by spreading it thinly on a paper towel or clean cloth, parchment paper, or a cookie sheet.
- -Quickly freeze to prevent clumping.
- -Take it out of the freezer and put it into its permanent labeled container, then stick it back into the freezer for later consumption.