Hey now, before you start thinking there's inappropriate behavior occurring in the Hardie home, let me clarify...It's not unusual to find naked lemons, limes and oranges in my kitchen! Why are these poor fruits nude? Well, it's because the peel is unarguably (to me) the best and most flavorful part of the fruit. Therefore, I make it a practice to disrobe most all of the citrus that I bring home!
There are three different tools that I use to "strip" the skin from the fruit:
1. Micro plane--This tool creates the smallest particles of citrus zest. This is ideal for times when the zest needs to be incorporated evenly throughout a dish.
2. Zester--This will produce very small, thin strips of zest that taste fresh and look pretty when you are finishing off a dish or garnishing.
3. Vegetable peeler--This will give you a long wide strip of zest which is great for when you want to add flavor to the dish but can then be removed before serving.
Citrus zest can be stored for a long time in separate air-tight containers in the freezer. Having frozen zest readily available in your freezer will save you time and add an extra burst of ZIP and ZING to your cooking!
So, next time you're about to cut a lemon in half to extract the juice...STOP! Get double the flavor from your lemon by quickly removing the zest first.
Honestly, I've never met a shy or modest lemon yet!