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How to Prepare Fruit


How to Zest Citrus
Many recipes call for the zest, or rind, of a fruit for a little added flavor. Here's how to get that tricky ingredient:
  1. Hold fruit in one hand. With the other hand, remove the colored portion of the peel.

  2. To make strips, use a vegetable peeler.

    To make strips of zest, use a vegetable peeler.
    To make strips of zest,
    use a vegetable peeler.

  3. To make smaller pieces of zest, use a zester.

    For a more fine zest, use a zest.
    For a more fine zest, use a zest.
  4. For especially fine pieces, grate the peel with a box grater.

    For very fine zest, you will need a box grater.
    For very fine zest, you
    will need a box grater.

  5. Whatever method you use, be careful to remove only the outermost layer of peel and not any of the bitter, white pith.

Pitting a fruit can be a difficult task. Find out how to remove the pit of a nectarine in the next section.

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