How To Zest A Lemon

Citrus zest is the perfect way to elevate a dish or a cocktail. But how do you get it off of your lemons? Thomas Joseph shows the best way to zest like a chef.
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Sarah Carey is the editor of Everyday Food magazine and her job is to come up with the best ways to make fast, delicious food at home. But she’s also a mom to two hungry kids, so the question “What’s for dinner?” is never far from her mind — or theirs, it seems! Her days can get crazy busy (whose don’t?), so these videos are all about her favorite fast, fresh meals — and the tricks she uses to make it all SO much easier.

21 Replies to “How To Zest A Lemon”

  1. You should never tell anyone to pull the zester toward them . Extremely irresponsible. I'm a nurse and I know better ?

  2. I was using my Zester wrong. Today I'm making home mad Lemoncello!!!!! Now I know to pull towards me not back and forth like I was doing. Thank you.

  3. Thank you! I never heard of lemon zest until today so this was a really quick, informative, and helpful video!

  4. Thanks! This video answered my question and I really appreciate the short, simple, and clear explanation!

  5. OMG!! I use this zester in wrong way. I stick the zester in bowl, grab lemon and slice on it. ?

    Thank you.

  6. This looks way easier than the way I've been zesting citrus (pretty much rubbing the zester across the citrus or vice versa, which zests unevenly and sometimes gets pith). So thanks!

  7. Could u show how to make chocolate mousse properly, mine never sets fire some reason.
    stay zesty.;-)

  8. I tend to use a speed peeler as it gets the zest off in nice strips. I then chop it finely. I find graters annoying. Particularly when trying to wash it up, with bits of zest stuck in it.

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