Tips, video and photography provided by Heinen’s partner, Chef Billy Parisi.
When citrus season hits its peak, it’s important to not only take advantage of the juicy the inner fruit, but the vibrant, aromatic zest too!
Make the most of your citrus with these three simple methods for zesting.
How to Zest a Lime with a Microplane
While holding the Microplane, rock the lime back and forth over the grater to finely zest.
How to Zest a Lemon with a Hand Zester
Press a hand zester down into the citrus and move in a circular motion as if you are peeling the lemon.
How to Zest with a Knife
1. Hold a paring knife in one hand and the citrus in the other. Cut a tiny bit at a time, pulling the peel back towards yourself. Do not cut too deep. You do not want to cut into the citrus itself.
2. Switch to a Chef’s knife to finely julienne the peel by rocking the knife back and forth. Tuck your fingers on the other side to keep them safe.
- Room temperature citrus will yield the most juice.
- Always zest citrus fruit before squeezing the juice.
- A lime will yield 1-2 Tbsp. juice and 1-2 Tbsp. zest.
- A lemon will yield 3-4 Tbsp. juice and about 1 Tbsp. zest.
- An orange will yield 1/3 – 1/2 cup juice and 1 1/2 Tbsp. zest.