Last week there was a sale on oranges at the grocery store. So I bought a few and made orange bread. The recipe calls for orange zest.
In talking with people I’m always surprised at how many people don’t have zesters. They’ll use a potato peeler or a cheese grater and it’s not an easy process.
For those of you that haven’t seen one, on the left is a photo of a zester. Do you see those metal loops at the top? That’s the business end of the zester. There are little blades inside the loops that make lovely slivers of zest.
The only problem is that once you’ve used one of these, there’s no going back. Potato peelers are fine for potatoes. Cheese grates are great for cheese. But for orange and lemon rinds, you need a zester.