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How to Clean a Zester

You rely on your citrus zester when a recipe calls for orange, lemon or lime zest. The handy zester peels away the outer layer of citrus rind and leaves behind fine shreds of flavor-packed skin. As you use a zester, sticky fruit residue builds up on it, and shreds of zest get stuck to the blade.

Remove stuck-on zest with steam.

Things You Will Need

  • Pot
  • Toothbrush

You rely on your citrus zester when a recipe calls for orange, lemon or lime zest.  The handy zester peels away the outer layer of citrus rind and leaves behind fine shreds of flavor-packed skin.

As you use a zester, sticky fruit residue builds up on it, and shreds of zest get stuck to the blade.  A dishwasher removes most of this residue, but some stubborn pieces remain.

To remove zest that won't come off with water, place the zester in a hot or steamy area.  The heat loosens zest, allowing you to quickly wipe it away.

  1. Fill a small pot with water and set it on the stove. Bring the water to a boil and then lower the temperature to medium-high.
  2. Lay the zester across the top of the pot. Allow the heat and steam from the water to dry out the stuck-on zest.
  3. Remove the zester from the pot. Hold the zester over the sink or garbage can. Scrape the zester with a toothbrush to remove the dried-out zest.
  4. Tip

    It is safe to clean most zesters in the dishwasher. Do this if you notice sticky juice building up on the blade.

Things You Will Need

  • Pot
  • Toothbrush

Tip

  • It is safe to clean most zesters in the dishwasher. Do this if you notice sticky juice building up on the blade.

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Melissa King began writing in 2001. She spent three years writing for her local newspaper, "The Colt," writing editorials, news stories, product reviews and entertainment pieces. She is also the owner and operator of Howbert Freelance Writing. King holds an Associate of Arts in communications from Tarrant County College.

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