No Citrus Zester? Use Your Knife Instead!
Need zest for a recipe, but don't have a zester? No problem, use another kitchen tool to get the job done!
Citrus zest is called for in a lot of recipes. If you don’t have a zester, just use a peeler. With a “Y” peeler (it works best), remove the outermost colored layer of skin from the citrus using a sawing motion. This peel contains all the aromatic oils—not the bitter white pith. Then thinly slice or mince the strips.