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Zesting citrus fruit

Zest is the outer rind of citrus fruit. It contains aromatic essential oils.

-Remove the zest using a potato peeler, grater or zester, depending on how fine you want the zest to be.

-If removing the zest with a potato or vegetable peeler, slice it into long, thin strips with a sharp knife afterwards.

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Caramelised oranges with honeyed ricotta Caramelised oranges with honeyed ricotta

By Sophie Grigson

Recipes using this technique

Main course

Light meals & snacks


Starters & nibbles

Side dishes


Cakes and baking

Drinks and cocktails


Skill level


Equipment you will need for this technique

  • Zester or grater (or vegetable peeler and sharp knife)