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    Default Freezing orange zest

    I needed fresh orange juice for a recipe but as the zest wasn't required, I thought I'd have a go at freezing it for use later. Grated it all off and as it was such a small volume, put it into an empty yoghurt pot in the freezer.

    A week later - I was amazed - the zest had completely melted away the bottom of the yoghurt pot and started to eat into the plastic freezer drawer

    Has anyone else had zest eat through plastic?

    I shall use a glass ramekin next time!
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    Strong stuff!! I "think" I dried some and kept it in a glass jar once.
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    Quote Originally Posted by veggiechicken View Post
    Strong stuff!! I "think" I dried some and kept it in a glass jar once.
    That's probably a better way to go, but I thought freezing would preserve more of the aromatic oils. I presume it's those same oils that dissolved the plastic though.
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    Could you cover it in summat to keep the oils in? Or in an ice cube tray?
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    My ice cube tray is.....plastic

    I have a couple of mini jam jars. Next time I'll use one of those. Although with my luck the glass will probably crack in the cold.
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    You may have made an important scientific discovery. I have some sticky stuff remover and I'm sure it smells of oranges!

    EDIT, Just found it and its labelled "De-Solv-it Citrus Technology".
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    An organic solvent then - next time I have sticky stuff to remove, I'll rub it with an orange first
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    Lemon skins are good for cleaning taps and greasy stuff too.
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