Kitchen knives are pretty amazing. You can do just about anything with them. They slice, chop, mince, shred, cube, and shave. So, if you think you need a zester to make lemon zest, think again. With a Vegetable Peeler and sharp knife you can easily create lemon zest.
Here's how to do it.
Slice very thin pieces of peel from the lemon using a Vegetable Peeler or Paring Knife. Be careful only to remove a thin strip of peel, avoiding the bitter, white pith.
Turn the strips perpendicular and cut them into smaller pieces (a fine mince).
Then, using a rocking motion with the knife, keep cutting the lemon peel into a zest.
Use this technique to zest oranges, limes or any other citrus fruit.
No zester, no problem.
If you need to save citrus zest store it in the freezer. But, to prevent it from being watery once it's thawed, microwave it before freezing for 30 seconds on waxed paper, then let it sit for an hour, or until it's dry. Freeze it in a freezer-safe container.