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What tool do you use for zesting and for twists?

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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!


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

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

          1. 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

              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

                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.