Application of lemon peel
Lemon zest and citric acid, despite the similar names and base are not interchangeable. They are used in the preparation and production of completely different dishes and products. Lemon zest – safe culinary additive. It is a natural component that is produced by the rubbing and drying of the outer layer of citrus. It is used in the cooking process of meat, poultry, fish, vegetables, fruits. Include the zest and some of the soups – cold (beetroot soup, okroshka) and classic (soup, borscht, fish soup). Thanks to the use of lemon peel those meals acquire a distinctive spicy aroma and slightly spicy flavor.
Without adding citrus powder is impossible to imagine a range of desserts and pastries: biscuits, muffins, rolls, maniki, pastries, ice creams, sweet puddings, etc., Orange or tangerine zest makes the desserts, pastries and sweet sauces fine spicy flavor and makes them taste more natural and rich.
The use of citric acid
Citric acid is a white crystalline substance, soluble in ethyl alcohol and water. Unlike lemon peel derived by natural methods, acid isolated from lemon juice by the production of several chemical reactions.
In the food industry citric acid usually plays a role as an acidifier and is a major component in the production of ketchups, mayonnaise, sauces, canned food, jams, jellies, confectionery and other products. It is also a preservative, contributing to a more long-term storage of products, especially canned goods. As a flavor additive citric acid is added to processed cheese, some types of sausages. As a result, the products become softer and softer.
Thus, citric acid and zest – not the same thing. Citric acid is used strictly in moderation, since this component can have a negative impact on the body. No wonder it is used for domestic purposes, e.g. for descaling. It is a very strong reagent, which should be treated with caution.
Lemon zest is the same – it is a safe additive that can be used in cooking without fear for their health. In addition, it is useful and natural ingredient that promotes strengthening of immunity due to the rather high concentration of vitamin C.