How to Clean a Zester

Melissa King

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.

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.