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5.0 out of 5 stars Am I using it wrong?, 11 Jan. 2010
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This review is from: OXO Good Grips Lemon Zester (Kitchen & Home)
I have purchased this over the weekend and had an initial go on an orange which was not too terrible after I applied a lot of strength. However, when I tried zesting a lemon nothing happened. I have tried moving up/down one way around and another and am just feeling stupid and not sure if it's me or the zester that's at fault. I cannot remove any skin whatsoever from a lemon no matter how hard I push the zester into the lemon. I will take a lemon with me and go back to the store and have someone to teach me how to zest (I am hoping the zester is faulty, otherwise I will be very embarrassed!). As for all other OXO products I would give them 5 stars as they are faultless.

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Edit:

Reading other people's reviews and having another few goes I have finally got the hang of it so it wasn't the product that was faulty but the user. It is probably the same thing as learning to use peeler for the first time, it doesn't seem to be working and the peel is too thick when you start but then you learn to curve it correctly and voila!

I have changed it back to a 5 star rating because it definitely does what it is supposed to do. Thanks for the comments, guys.

Matt
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Initial post: 10 Apr 2010 18:46:30 BDT
Pat Jacobs says:
You don't use it like a potato peeler. You don't push it or cut slices with it.

Hold the lemon and the zester roughly vertically, then lay the edge of the zester (the row of little holes) on the lemon. Then pull the zester down across the skin of the lemon. If you apply a little pressure the edge of the zester will scrape the top surface of the peel off the lemon. If you press too hard you will get not just the top surface (the zest) but also the white fluffy layer (the pith). You don't want the pith.

Once you have finished zesting the lemon you won't be down to the fruit part of the lemon, but will have a whole lemon still covered with the white pith, plus a heap of little strips of the zest.

It's like shaving the lemon, rather than peeling it.

(I didn't have a clue either until someone showed me how to do it).

Posted on 9 May 2010 17:12:40 BDT
D. HOWARD says:
Don't forget that you can buy waxed or unwaxed lemons. I am not suggesting that this was your prblem but be sure to buy the unwaxed variety.

Posted on 22 Jun 2011 00:14:15 BDT
Been there.
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