This Citrus curd captures sunshine in a jar! It’s tart, sweet and perfect on pretty much everything!
This post is being sponsored by Deiss® featuring their Deiss PRO Citrus Lemon Zester & Cheese Grater. All opinions of this ABSOLUTELY AMAZING product are mine. Seriously, it is THE BEST I’ve ever used!
Hey TKW Family! It’s finally really hot here in the ‘burgh which means we went straight from Winter into Summer. We kind of had a ‘Sprinter’ where it was supposed to be Spring but Winter lasted until early May. For me, my first sign of warmer weather is the addition of citrus fruits at my grocery store. You give me anything citrusy – sweet or savory and I’m your girl! Lime shrimp, orange chicken or lemon pork chops are some of my go-to summer grilling dishes. And for desserts while I’m all in on lemon cupcakes I simply go gaga over curd. Curd is a custard-y type sauce that is thick and spoonable. You often find it as a filling in tarts or as a little surprise to cakes or cookies.
I normally only make lemon curd but when my grocery store had all types of fresh citrus (including blood oranges) I had to go full on citrus! I have got one AMAZING recipe for you today and but first I need to chat a bit with you guys about this new Citrus Zester & Cheese Grater from Deiss®. I’ve had a fair many zesters and graters in my life but none of them really stood up my standards. I’m really, REALLY picky about what I use in my kitchen let alone what I will endorse. This citrus zester & cheese grater literally blew my expectations of the water!
First let’s talk about the handle! It’s sturdy, non-slid and has these little nubs that make it easy to hold in your hand. Plus it has a hole in case you want to hang it!
Next I want to talk about the quality and how it’s made. It’s made from high-quality stainless steel that won’t rust. It’s STURDY! You don’t have to worry about it bowing or flexing when you’re grating a piece of fruit!
It also comes with a plastic protective cover for safety storage. You can pop the cover on and put in your drawer without worry of hurting yourself next time you reach in!
The actual zester – people this is INCREDIBLE! These are teeny, razor-sharp little “teeth” that with the slightest of pressure grate and zest with ease. You don’t have to fight with this to zest a lemon or grate hard cheese. And the way it’s designed the grater’s teeth won’t clog up the way other graters do. And HELLO… clean up is a BREEZE! Seriously, just run under running water!
This Deiss Zester-Grater sharp edges allow you to pretty much zest and grate practically anything – coconut, apple, cabbage, fruits, super hard cheese, fresh nutmeg, carrots, chocolate (Mmmm I heart chocolate!) and whatever else your little heart desires!
Plus Deiss Kitchenware provides a lifetime guarantee on all of their product series! From an engineering standpoint guys this item is flawless! You all know how tough I am on items. I look at it from both an engineering aspect – how’s it made, will it last, structural integrity and from a chef standpoint – is it worth the money, is it safe, is it practical, can I use it in more than one application. And the answer to it all is YES! It’s made impeccably and structurally sound. It’s rather inexpensive (<$10 US on Amazon), it has a protective cover but just like with every piece of kitchen equipment use caution (says the girl who got cut grabbing a lid to a bowl once) and yes it’s practical.
Go beyond zesting fruits – imagine a gorgeous cake or cupcake with chocolate shavings on top! Or what about that perfect bowl of pasta with copious amounts of freshly grated cheese!
Back to this curd recipe. Making curd is really, really simple. If you can spare about 15 minutes and stir then you’re all set. For my juice ratio I went with a whole orange, whole blood orange, a whole lime and the juice from 1 1/2 lemons. Please do not use the jarred juice. Go with fresh. You can add more orange than lemon if you want. The key here is that it needs to be 1 cup of juice. And no, you can’t use orange juice from the jug. Has to be fresh squeezed. The curd will thicken up as it cools. You’ll know when it’s ready because it will coat the back of the spoon and, when you run your finger through it, it won’t run back together. You’ll see that finger line indent remain on the spoon. At this point you can (lick your finger – judgement free zone!), remove it from the heat and finish the recipe.
The other thing to mention is when you cool it, place the plastic wrap not just on top of the container but rather you need to press it down onto the curd. It won’t hurt it if you don’t, it’ll just form a crust. Similar to how homemade pudding is. You can eat it right away but it won’t be as thick as it would be if chilled and I find the flavor becomes a bit more intense as it chills. Once it’s chilled you can use it a multitude of ways – filling cupcakes, donuts, cake layers, ice cream toppings, in crepes, on top of french toast or simply by the spoonful!
With so many parties, weddings, showers and events this summer happening make sure you whip up a batch of this curd and buy a few of these Citrus Zester & Cheese Grater from Deiss® to giveaway as gifts! They make perfect housewarming gifts and would be ideal in a gift basket that’s full of some fresh citrus, a jar of curd and one of these graters! I know I’d love it! Plus don’t forget to enter my giveaway! Details below!Print
- 5 Tbl butter, unsalted
- 1/2 cup plus 1 Tbl sugar
- 2 whole large eggs plus 3 egg yolks
- 1 cup citrus juice (juice from a naval orange, 1 lime, 1 1/2 lemons and 1 blood orange)
- 1 1/2 tsp orange zest
- 1 tsp lime zest
- 1 1/2 tsp lemon zest
- 1 tsp blood orange
- 1/4 tsp salt
- In a sauce pot add the juice, zest, sugar, eggs and egg yolks. Whisk until combined. Place the pan over low heat. DO NOT RUSH THE COOKING otherwise the eggs will curdle.
- Continue whisking for 10-15 minutes or until the mixture starts to thicken and coat the back of a spoon. If the mixture coats the back of the spoon, run your finger along the back of it and if the indentation of your finger remain your mixture is thick enough.
- Remove from the pot from the stove and add in the butter and salt. Once blended, you can either spoon into a container OR you can run it through a fine mesh strainer to remove the zest (See Note Strained Zest). Once done, place plastic wrap over top pressing it down on top of the mixture (this will prevent a skin from forming. Place the mixture into the fridge to chill. Once cooled completely, remove the plastic wrap and cover with a lid.
- The mixture will last a week.
How to zest your citrus
- Place the Deiss PRO Citrus Lemon Zester & Cheese Grater at a 45 degree angle with handle in one hand and the bottom resting against a cutting board.
- Take your citrus and, in one direction, rub the fruit down against the little blades. Do not go up and down but only one way. Turn the fruit as you go so you remove only the colored part (yellow/green/orange). You do not want the white pith as that is bitter.
- If you strain your zest you can discard it or I’ll actually store it in the fridge and put it into a cupcake or cake batter when I make a citrus cake. It adds such a great flavor profile and adds just a trace bit more moisture. Just be sure to use it within a few days!
*** GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED 6/8/18. Winner has been contacted***
Thank you all that participated! Don’t fret if you didn’t win. I have a bunch more giveaways coming up soon!!!
Now the giveaway! I’m so super excited about this! My dear friends from Deiss Kitchenware® are giving away 3 of these MUST-HAVE Citrus Zester & Cheese Graters! You have 3 chances to enter:
- Website Comment: Leave a comment below telling me what dish you would make using this Citrus Zester & Cheese Grater!
- Facebook: Check out this thread on how to enter. Like/follow @DeissOfficial and @TheKitchenWhisperer plus leave a comment in that thread. Bonus entry if you share the post!
- Instagram: Follow @DeissOfficial and @TheKitchenWhisperer, like this image and tag a friend. The more friends you tag, the more entries you have!
Official terms: The giveaway is open from 6/1/18 – 6/8/18 and open to US Residents and European Union countries. Winner must be of age 18 or older. Winners will be randomly selected and notified via email or Direct message (Facebook/Instagram). Winners will have 48 hours to respond to their message. In the event of no response a new winner will be drawn.
Thanks and best of luck to you all!