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How to zest citrus fruit

The zest (outer rind) of citrus fruits is full of essential oils and flavour. To zest a fruit, follow these simple instructions...

  • Depending on how fine you want the zest to be, you can use a potato peeler, a grater or a zester.
  • Press the grater or zester firmly down into the peel.
  • Use short strokes for small pieces or draw the peeler right around the fruit for long strips.
  • If you're using a potato peeler, cut the peels into thin strips with a sharp knife afterwards.
  • Avoid peeling any of the white pith, which is very bitter.

Watch Jamie Oliver's guide to zesting citrus fruits here:

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