zest·​er ˈze-stər How to pronounce zester (audio)
: a small utensil for peeling zest (as of a lemon)

Examples of zester in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Use a micro plane or fine zester to grate a coffee bean over the top of a finished drink. Rishon Hanners, Southern Living, 9 Apr. 2024 What to Know About Cheese Graters Before Shopping Style There are four different styles of graters: box, rotary, flat, and rasp (commonly known as a Microplane or zester). Belle Duchene, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Feb. 2024 Zest the lemon with a Microplane grater or zester (no white pith). Domenica Marchetti, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 The two most confusing objects in our kitchens appear to be the zester and the mandolin slicer. Andrew Van Dam, Washington Post, 1 Dec. 2023 For example, 65 percent of great cooks own a zester, while just 37 percent of the good-, okay- or terrible-cooking masses do. Andrew Van Dam, Washington Post, 1 Dec. 2023 Its removable zester is a game-changer. Belle Duchene, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 Jan. 2023 While the rice is cooking, in a large, ungreased, rimmed baking sheet, place the salmon, skin side down, and season with 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Using a rasp zester (such as a Microplane), finely zest the lemon, then cut it into wedges. Washington Post, 4 June 2021 My must-haves include a zester. Jenna Adrian-Diaz, Bon Appétit, 11 Dec. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1963, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of zester was in 1963

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“Zester.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zester. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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