Along with ringing in the start of a New Year, where we shift away from the indulgences of the holidays and once again embrace healthier eating, January also brings a whole host of bright, juicy citrus fruit which are overflowing at farmers’ markets stands and produce bins. Many of you already know how much I adore lemons, Meyer Lemons to be exact, but what you may not know is that oranges come in a very close second. Since they’re available year-round, it’s sometimes forgotten that these bitter-sweet orbs are at their pinnacle of flavor for the next month or so. There are a few special varieties definitely worth searching for that are drip-down-your-hands delicious and only available right now. Once you start to explore these other varieties, you’ll be hooked. Continue reading
Here in Northern California all the citrus fruits are just starting to come into season. So when I found a couple of Meyer Lemons that had fallen off a small tree in my backyard, I couldn’t let them go to waste. This is an incredibly easy salt to make. All you need is a really good quality sea salt (not table salt) and some citrus of your choice. For the salt, I like to use a course grind rather than a fine. That way there’s a better proportion of citrus to salt ratio, and the blend won’t taste too “salty”. For the citrus, I used a combo of Meyer Lemon, Eureka Lemon (your generic grocery store variety) and Lime. But you could add Orange, Mandarin or Grapefruit—whatever your taste buds fancy! This Citrus Salt is a wonderful finish for seafood or roast chicken, or add to an Asian stir fry to brighten the flavors. My favorite way to use this salt is simply on a bowl of Edamame. Delish!
(for one small spice jar portion)
Zest one lime and lemon (you should get approx. 3-4 tablespoons of zest from each, depending on their size). Allow zest to dry on a sheet of wax paper for about 1-2 hours. This will ensure that it won’t clump all together when added to the salt. Add coarse sea salt to half of spice jar (about 1/4 cup) and top with zest. Shake well and sprinkle away!
Oh, and this nifty citrus gadget you see below from Crisp is one of my new favorite tools. I received it as a giftie at IFBC 2014 (International Food Bloggers Conference) and absolutely love it! It’s super compact and the grater portion is on a hinge to neatly tuck away into the handle when not in use. On the bottom half, there’s a scoring blade and channel knife if you want to score the fruit or make longer curls.