Zest with a Vegetable Peeler
Using the vegetable peeler, shave the outer layer of the citrus peel. Use light pressure so that you do not go down to the white part of the skin. This is called the pith and is quite bitter.[mv_img id="5473"]
Zest only on left and zest with pith on right.[mv_img id="5474"]
Use your large knife to cut the strips of peel into thin long pieces.[mv_img id="5475"]
Now rotate the strips 90 °and cut across.[mv_img id="5476"]
Place the tip of the knife on the cutting board and press down on it with your non-dominant hand. Quickly rock the knife up and down to chop finely.[mv_img id="5477"]
Zest with a Paring Knife
Cradle the lemon in you non-dominant hand.
Using the paring knife, start at the top of the lemon and use gentle pressure to shave off the outer layer of the peel.
Chop the peel as described in steps 3-5 above.