Add the tang from your favorite fruits to liven up your recipes this summer by grating them with a citrus zester. A zester is used to take the rind off of citrus fruit to give your meal some added flavor. Zesters can be used for many purposes in the kitchen, such as grating and cutting. Garnish your cocktails or boost your desserts by adding a fresh citrus taste without getting any of the bitter parts of the rind. With any of these three kitchen helpers we’ve chosen for you, you’ll be on your way to sweeter, zestier food.

Strongest Citrus Zester

Made from ultra-sharp stainless steel blades, the Microplane 40020 Classic Zester / Grater works on any food that needs grating. The surgical grade steel blade is specifically designed with a tooth set that only will take the flavorful parts of the rinds of fruit off. It will enhance any stir fry dish, salad, or baked good. It is dishwasher safe, so you can clean it a lot easier than stand up graters. You can use a brush on the underside to get out the tough particles. The sharper blade won’t tear what you are grating or zesting, giving you cleaner particles coming off.

Best Multi-Purpose Citrus Zester

The Deiss PRO Citrus Zester has a comfortable, non-slip handle with curved sides that allow it to remain rigid during extreme use. The stainless steel blade is designed to be used against the rinds of oranges, lemons, or limes, as well as to grate ginger, cheese, or chocolate. Add some finely grated sweetness to your dessert or top your pasta dish with some delicious parmesan cheese. The metal grater teeth won’t clog and can be easily cleaned by running them under water. You can throw away your old mandoline or julienne peeler as the Deiss PRO Zester will do it all.

Best Value Citrus Zester

With blades resistant to blunting over time, the Raniaco Zester is perfect for any kitchen. It has a rubber handle that won’t slide in your hand during use. It comes with a plastic case that will collect all the food you are grating and allow you to distribute it easily on top of your dishes. It can be used with carrots, coconuts, cheese, and fruit. Washing along the blades makes for simple cleaning. If you want to add more spice to a dish, grating nutmeg, ginger, or chili peppers with the Raniaco zester will give you the taste you want.

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