this little tool enables you to add another, fresh dimension to your cooking. The bright, sharp tang of citrus peel is a wonder in dozens of dishes. pancake batter? sure. a reduction sauce? of course.
In fact, any time you have meaty, salty or hot flavors in a combination that seems to lack something or other, a bit of citrus zest is a good fallback option. If you're really scrupulous, it pays to get organically grown fruit because of chemical residues and paraffin preservatives on the skins of conventionally-grown fruit. A zester can also be used to raise butter curls or to scrape a carrot into shreds as a last minute addition to a sauce, or to shred some parsnip into hot soup.
It's unlikely that you will ever wear out the sharp edges on a zester, but they are remarkably cheap and if you amortize the cost over-let's say- a hundred recipes, this is a downright cheap addition to your batterie.
By the way, the little notch that you see in the side is a cannelling or caning blade. It's for cutting long thin strips. Those striped cukes that you see on salad trays are done this way. You can also use the strips themselves as decorative additions to stir-fries, pasta dishes and soups.
OXO is well known for their ergonomic grips. This one looks most unlikely but actually proves to be very handy (so to speak).
--Lynn Hoffman, author of New Short Course in Wine,The and bang BANG: A Novel ISBN 9781601640005
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I cook therefore I. .therefore I eat. No, maybe that's thereby I eat'. Anyway, I love food, beer and wine: I like to write about them too,(The New Short Course in Wine is adapted from … more
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The Good Grips Lemon Zester is two tools in one. The sharp holes in its stainless steel head remove the zest from the pith of lemons and other citrus fruits easily, and a channel knife feature makes it easy to decorate for garnish. Its soft handle nestles comfortably in your palm and is designed to prevent it from spinning in your hand.