Use a box grater
If you don’t have a citrus zester on hand, you can still get the lemon flavor you need. Just break out your box grater. Use the fine holes or the sharp grater teeth to gently shave the zest from the lemon. Be sure to turn the fruit as you go to avoid getting any of the fibrous white pith.
Considering this, can I use a cheese grater to zest a lime?
Grated lime zest is best in baking. Use a fine grater, with small holes. Hold grater at an angle, and press the lime across it until the colored part of the lime has come off. Don’t get too much of the white portion of the peel because it is bitter.
Just so, can you zest a lemon with a knife?
With a Vegetable Peeler and sharp knife you can easily create lemon zest. Here’s how to do it. Slice very thin pieces of peel from the lemon using a Vegetable Peeler or Paring Knife. Be careful only to remove a thin strip of peel, avoiding the bitter, white pith.
How do you get lemon zest out of a grater?
Gently rotate the lemon as you go, to get all of the zest you can from each fruit. The zest might stick to the underside of the grater; just give it a tap and it will fall off.
Here’s how to do it:
- Wash the lemon thoroughly and pat dry it. …
- If there are small specs on the peel, use a knife to remove them.
- Hold the grater in one hand and place its end on the cutting board. …
- Hold the lemon in the other hand. …
- Run the fruit down the grater as smoothly as you can.
The easiest way to get zest without a special tool is to use a vegetable peeler to take off wide strips. Be careful not to cut past the colored part of the peel—the white pithy layer between the peel and the fruit is bitter. You could do this with a knife as well, but you have to use a very light hand.
Zest, often called lemon peel, is the small shavings from the brightly colored and intensely flavored outer skin of citrus fruit.
Option 2: If you don’t have a zester…
Take your vegetable peeler or paring knife and cut a strip of yellow skin off of the lemon. The peeler should easily grab just the zest, but you’ll need to be a little more precise with the knife. If needed, you can use a knife to scrape off any pith on the strip of lemon.
Lemon zest is the yellow outside portion of its peel. It’s often used with or without lemon juice to add tangy flavor to recipes. The zest can taste even stronger than the juice; it’s often used in lemon-flavored baked or cooked recipes like lemon poppy seed pancakes.
Zesters are exclusively used for citrus fruits to get long, thin strips of zest. They’re small with just a few round holes that you scrape along the fruit. A grater, on the other hand, is multipurpose. You can zest citrus with a grater, but you can’t necessarily shred veggies with a zester.
There are four different kitchen tools that can be used to zest citrus fruits: a microplane, citrus zester, vegetable peeler, or paring knife.
The box grater is one of the most handy and efficient kitchen tools, and that’s because each of its four sides serves a different purpose: Two sides have holes for straightforward grating (one large and one fairly small), one side is meant for slicing (like a mandoline, but not nearly as sharp), and the last side has …