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Removing Citrus Zest

Lemon or orange zest is the outer peel or rind of those citrus fruits (not including the bitter white membrane attached to the fruit). Zest is used often in bread and cake recipes. To remove the zest, peel thin strips with a small sharp knife, being careful not to include the white membrane, and mince finely. You can also take the whole fruit and rub it over a hand grater to remove the zest.