How To Prepare Lemons:
How To Zest a Lemon: The zest of a lemon is the yellow part of the skin, it has an intense lemon flavour. If you are using the zest (skin) of a lemon, first wash it under cold water and use a scrub brush to wash away any dirt or debris. Then dry before zesting. A fine grater, sometimes called a zester is the easiest way to remove the zest. But, you can also use a vegetable peeler to remove sections of the peel, then slice or mince it.
How To Juice a Lemon: Before juicing a lemon, roll the lemon on a flat surface to soften it. The easiest way to extract the juice of a lemon is to twist the lemon half on a reamer (juicer), but a fork works just as well.
If you’re serving a dish with lemon slices, try to remove most of the seeds. It will make it easier for your guests.
How Much Juice Does 1 Lemon Hold?
One lemon should yield approximately 2-4 tablespoons of juice.
Both the juice and the zest of lemons can be frozen. The candied or dried zest should be placed in an airtight container and stored in a dry and cool place.