What the Heck is Zesting? 2019-04-16T20:24:55-07:00

Zesting Citrus

Grating the peel of lemons, oranges, limes and grapefruits produces concentrated flavors that are in the aromatic oils of the fruit’s skin. Just a small amout of zest will liven up cocktails, salads, grilled meat and stews.

Here’s What You Need:

Citrus fruit of your choice
Cutting board
One of these zesting tools- vegetable peeler, box grater (the fine side), or microplane grater.

Next, Follow These Steps:

Thoroughly wash fruit with soap and water, cleaning and removing the wax coating
Carefully move the fruit across the zester’s plane from top to bottom
Repeat, turning the fruit as you go so that you, only grating each section of peel once, avoiding the white pith.

By now you’ve probably stumbled on some recipes that mention the additional of zest of citrus fruits in the recipe. If you’re a cook in training, you might not be familiar with this technique. Zest is the colorful, out surface ( rind) of citrus fruits like limes, oranges and lemons and limes. It is fragrant as well as tangy, and is a favorite component in both sweet and savory dishes. In addition, Zest can make an elegant garnish.

To remove the zest from the fruit you can use a vegetable peeler, paring knife, grater, or a kitchen gadget called a zester. Our favorite for making fine zest is a great gadget called a Microplane zester/grater. If you consider buying one, get one with a handle, they’re much easier to use. The smaller, classic hand held zesters have 5 little holes on its metal end that creates small strips of the tasty zest when you pull it across the rind. You can also use whats called a box grater to create both substantial strips or fine bits of zest. The tools you use can depend upon what your recipes requires.

Here are just a few things to consider when zesting.

1. Be sure not to strip off the white inner membrane (pith) with rind. It is bitter and inedible.

2. For the best tasking zest, purchase fruit that’s firm and vibrantly colored without any soft places.

3. Wash your fruit thoroughly before zesting to get rid of dirt and pesticides.

4. Use the zest right away, because it will lose flavor with time.


If you think you’re going to be zesting a lot, invest in a Microplane because their designed with small holes that only zest the peel – not the pith.”

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