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How to Zest a Lemon

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In this Lesson you will Learn

  1. Different methods of zesting a lemon.

Zesting lemons or any other citrus fruit can come in handy, especially when baking to give cakes or cookies more flavor (see some cakes with lemon zest). Making lemon zest is very easy, even without special tools like a zester. One of the easiest ways is to use a grater as the following video explains.

  1. Buy citrus fruit and make sure they are not waxed!
  2. Wash your lemons.
  3. Rub the fruit along the grater.
  4. Get the rest of the zest off the grater using a brush.

There are, of course, other methods for zesting a lemon. If you don't have a grater, you can also use a vegetable peeler and carefully peel the lemon. Make sure you don't apply too much pressure because you don't want to peel off the white skin as it tends to be bitter. Once you have peeled the lemon, cut the peel into small pieces (your zest!) with a sharp kitchen knife.



  1. Zesting a lemon: wash / rub on grater or peel with vegetable peeler and cut
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