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How to Get Lemon Zest Without a Microplane

How to Zest Citrus Without a Microplane

It's nice to cook in a kitchen stocked with every culinary trinket imaginable, but even if you don't have specialized cooking tools on hand, all is not lost! Take citrus zest, for example. Without a microplane or grater, it can be pretty hard to zest a lemon or lime, right? Wrong! Here's how you do it:

Using a vegetable peeler, peel off the skin of the citrus. Try to get as little of the white pith as possible.

Finely mince the citrus peel with a chef's knife. (It won't be as finely textured as grated zest, but in many applications, it'll do the trick.) Use the minced citrus peel according to your recipe.

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MsTanya MsTanya 4 years
Beth, thank you so much for your suggestion on using a can with holes to zest a lemon. Great idea! Now I can make my lemon dessert! You saved me from going to Walmart at 9:45 at night. :-)
Beth-W-MI Beth-W-MI 5 years
To make a grater, use a nail to punch small holes in the bottom of a large, clean can, from the inside. Or if you use an industrial-size can, you could use the side of the can.
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