All lemon zesters are essentially created equal, other than the odd “gadget” variety that tries to reinvent the wheel, and fails more often than not. This 1Easylife Lemon Zester has a nice storage loop and is very basic, simple, and not too expensive.
WHAT DOES IT DO
The peel of a lemon is where its essential oils, aka BIG FLAVOR, live. To get at them you zest the peel, a fine grating that takes the surface level off of the pith, the white stuff. To use it, you just scrape the side of a piece of citrus fruit over something to collect the zest.
A ZEST FOR GREAT FOOD!
Add citrus zest to sugars for great pop inside, and toppings of baked goods, like my blueberry lemon muffins. Zest can be used in all kinds of preparations, from a delicate Moroccan chicken broth with a floating of tangerine zest, to a little added flavor and texture in sorbets and gelatos, to the finishing touch on sous vide pork chop with a bourbon-citrus glaze.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A GOOD UNIT
Zesting is not rocket science. Any tool with a few sharp small holes will do. I am less of a fan of the EZ-grip type, because they take up more space in the drawer than they deserve, and the silicone in the grip isn’t good on the hand if you have to use it a bunch. This one is both compact, and has a hanging loop, handy if you have a wall rack of utensils.
Solidly built, inexpensive, and a good space footprint? 1Easylife’s Lemon Zester gets my JazzChef One Diamond seal of approval.