Add some zest to your life.
When a recipe calls for zest, you need to include tiny filaments of a citrus peel to add the flavorful oils of the fruit’s skin. Although you can use a sharp paring knife or a grater, that method can turn your pearls of citrus into an unattractive mush. A zester, on the other hand, is ideal as it is able to zest all types of citrus peel without lifting off the fruit’s bitter-tasting pith. The newest trend in zesters is the Microplane zester. With its woodshop rasp design, not only does it succeed in producing a pithless citrus zest, you can also use it to produce light and fluffy wisps of Parmesan cheese or ultra-fine morsels of ginger. The Microplane zester is available in most gourmet stores or visit microplane.com.