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What tool do you use for zesting and for twists?

Dave in the basement Feb 24, 2010 10:25 AM

Hello all,

As the subject indicates, I'd love to know which tools you use for zesting citrus fruits and for making twists. I'd love to improve my twists, and I am thinking that a dedicated tool may help things.

Thanks in advance for taking the time to reply!


  1. JMF Feb 25, 2010 01:19 PM

    Zester, channel knife, veggie peeler, and paring knife. They each do a different thing. If I only had one tool, then a very good paring knife. I recommend the non-stick Kuhn Rikon Paring Knife. They cost $10, and are very high quality blades, very sharp, with a non-stick coating, and a plastic sheath/holder.

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    1. re: JMF
      StriperGuy Feb 26, 2010 08:57 AM

      This is an awesome paring knife that holds an edge like a $30 blade and it's only $6. These knives are the best bank for the buck I've seen.


      I am not a huge fan of Kuhn Rikon as I had a terrible experience with one of their pressure cookers.

      1. re: StriperGuy
        Dave in the basement Mar 3, 2010 04:59 AM

        Thank you for the replies, everyone! Based on what we already have, it looks like I just need to pick up a channel knife and a good paring knife. We already have a couple of paring knives, but they look like they have had hard lives. I had never heard of a channel knife before, and that looks like quite a useful, if specialized, tool. I appreciate the help.

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      KTinNYC Feb 25, 2010 09:56 AM

      A channel knife is less then $20 and makes perfect twists.

      1. JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Feb 24, 2010 04:38 PM

        For twists, I use a paring knife. Lop the ends off the lemon, and cut a piece from pole to pole about half an inch wide, making sure you get as little of the pith as possible.

        1. c oliver Feb 24, 2010 10:48 AM

          I used my microplane grater for any zest that's NOT for a cocktail. For that I use my zester. MP makes it too small IMO. For twists, veg peeler.

          1. BobB Feb 24, 2010 10:38 AM

            Zesting - a microplane. Twists - traditional vegetable peeler. And practice.

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            1. re: BobB
              appycamper Feb 24, 2010 10:44 AM

              same for me.

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