How to Remove Zest from a Zester?
If you’ve ever used a zester, you know how frustrating it can be when the zest gets stuck and won’t come out. Luckily, there are a few tricks you can try to remove the zest and keep your zester clean and functional. Whether you’re zesting citrus fruits for a recipe or grating cheese, here are some tips to help you remove zest from a zester.
Tap the Zester
One of the simplest ways to remove zest from a zester is to tap it gently against a hard surface. This will loosen any zest that is stuck in the small holes of the zester and make it easier to remove. You can tap the zester on the edge of a cutting board or even against the side of a bowl.
Use a Small Brush
If tapping the zester doesn’t quite do the trick, try using a small brush to remove the zest. A clean toothbrush or a small pastry brush can work well for this purpose. Simply brush the bristles against the holes of the zester to dislodge the zest. Be sure to brush in different directions to maximize the chances of removing all the zest.
Rinse with Water
If the zest is really stuck and won’t come out, give the zester a good rinse with water. Hold the zester under a running faucet and let the water wash away the zest. If needed, you can use your fingers or a small brush to help dislodge the zest as the water flows through the zester.
Use a Toothpick or Needle
If the previous methods haven’t worked, you can try using a toothpick or a needle to carefully push out the zest. Insert the toothpick or needle into each hole of the zester and gently push out the zest. Be careful not to apply too much pressure or you may damage the zester.
Soak in Vinegar
If all else fails, you can try soaking the zester in vinegar to help loosen the zest. Fill a small bowl or cup with vinegar and place the zester in it, making sure the holes are completely submerged. Let the zester soak for about 10-15 minutes, then remove it and rinse it thoroughly with water. The acidity of the vinegar should help dissolve the zest and make it easier to remove.