zest·​er | \ ˈze-stər How to pronounce zester (audio) \

Definition of zester

: a small utensil for peeling zest (as of a lemon)

Examples of zester in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For a zester, Garten likes the Cassandra’s Kitchen Zester/Rasp ($15, Cassandra’s Kitchen). Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Ina Garten Wants You to Throw Out This Kitchen Tool Every Year," 14 Oct. 2020 For a final touch of whimsy, take a citrus zester and peel off strips of orange rind before wrapping them around a chopstick and placing them in the freezer; after 20 minutes, uncoil and drape them throughout the arrangement. Aimee Farrell, New York Times, "How to Create Your Own Herbal Tea Garden," 22 Oct. 2020 Garten recommends replacing your veggie peeler annually, along with your zester, according to Food & Wine. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Ina Garten Wants You to Throw Out This Kitchen Tool Every Year," 14 Oct. 2020 Grating cloves against a Microplane zester is best, but a garlic press works too, as does very finely mincing with a knife. Los Angeles Times, "Carbs are for comfort, especially with this simple buttery garlic bread," 17 Apr. 2020 Take a Microplane zester and finely grate the zest of one lemon directly over the plate of bread crumbs then mix it in with your fingers, sort of lazily-rubbing it into the crumbs to release its oils. Los Angeles Times, "How to Boil Water: Chicken cutlets," 31 Mar. 2020 Other tools that Petitpain recommends to her cooking students include a paring knife, a serrated slicer (for cutting things like bread), a vegetable peeler, zester or micro planer, and tongs. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "Have to cook from home for the first time? Here's what you need to know (plus your first recipe!)," 21 Mar. 2020 Microplane says its zesters are top-rack dishwasher safe, although ATK points out that the blade can be dulled by being knocked around. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "Zest up your everyday cooking with a rasp-style grater," 15 Nov. 2019 Rice cooker, hand citrus juicer, zester, slow cooker, meat thermometer, sharp knives. Vanessa Paredes, Redbook, "8 Expert Cooking Tips For People Looking to Dine Out Less in the New Year," 14 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of zester

1963, in the meaning defined above

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8 Feb 2021

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“Zester.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zester. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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