In this video Gordon will show you how to easily juice and zest your lemon and limes to make the perfect dish
Citrus fruits add great flavour to desserts but if you get over zealous with the grater, you may grate the pith.
Tip: There are two different types of citrus fruit that you can buy, waxed or unwaxed. Unwaxed are ideal for zesting but can often cost a little more. To stick within a tighter budget, buy waxed lemon and limes and lightly scrub the skin under warm water with a clean scrubbing brush before zesting, to remove any chemicals.
1. Pat the citrus fruit dry with a tea towel or kitchen roll - and now you're ready to start zesting. You can use a utensil called a microplain - a razor sharp fine grater that will zest the fruit really fine. If, however, you don't have one, make sure to use the finest side on your box grater.
2. Take the lemon or lime in one hand and the box grater in the other. Rub the citrus fruit twice down the grater and then rotate the fruit to grate a new side. If you grate more than twice on one side you are likely to grate the pith (white layer of skin on the fruit) which will add an undesirable bitter taste to your dessert/dish.
3. Repeat the above process with the lemon/lime, rotating your fruit each time, until you have zested the fruit.
4. Don't forget to remove the extra zest into your bowl. With your hands or a teaspoon remove the excess from the inside of the grater.