The intense flavour of the fine, outer skin of the lemon is unmatched by any artificial flavour and is easy to obtain with the right tools. Find out how to grate, peel and remove the zest from lemons and other citrus fruits right here, right now. If you don’t have all you need in your kitchen drawer zesting tools are available online or instore at Kitchen Warehouse.
Tip: Store your zested lemon in an airtight container in the fridge to use for juice later. Replace lemon with orange or lime for other citrus flavours.
Before you start, wash the lemon well under the tap.
Using the Zester
The lemon zester consists of a row of fine blades at the tip. Gripping the lemon in one hand, use the zester to pull over the skin, peeling off fine strips of zest as you go. A canal knife can be used to make thicker strips to use for garnish.
Using the Grater
Set grater on board. Using the finest setting, rub lemon lightly over grater, turning the lemon as you go to ensure you only get the finest outer layer.
Using the Rasp
The rasp is the tool to use for fine, grated zest. Hold the rasp on a 45° angle with the end resting on the board. Rub the lemon over the rasp, turning to ensure you get only the fine outer layer.