A zester is a kitchen staple that we cannot live without. The purpose of a zester is to shred hard foods, whole spices, or remove fruit rind. While there are lots of different kinds and brands of zesters out there, the two kinds featured here are our favorites, and one can easily work in place of the other.
First is the microplane. This zester is small, but mighty and produces strong bursts of flavor, from citrus fruits and spices. The result is fine, but flavorful pieces that will enhance any recipe or drink. I probably use this one most often. Besides zesting citrus, I use it to grate garlic, onion, spices such as nutmeg, chocolate, and cheese!
Second is the handheld grater, otherwise known as a rasp and is used mainly when grating hard cheese, chocolate or other hard food or roots (think ginger!). The key is for the handle to be sturdy and slip free.
In my kitchen, either one does the trick & makes life a little zestier!