Choose the Right Tool: Use a microplane grater or a zester with sharp, fine blades for precise zesting.

Wash the Lemon: Rinse the lemon thoroughly under running water to remove any dirt or debris from the skin.

Hold the Lemon Securely: Hold the lemon firmly in one hand to prevent slipping while zesting.

Zest the Lemon: Gently run the zester or grater across the surface of the lemon, applying light pressure. Rotate the lemon as needed to zest evenly.

Avoid the Pith: Be careful not to zest too deeply to avoid including the bitter white pith beneath the zest.

Rotate the Lemon: As you zest, rotate the lemon to access different areas of the peel, ensuring you extract as much zest as possible.

Collect the Zest: Use a small bowl or plate to catch the freshly grated zest as it falls from the lemon.

Store or Use Immediately: Use the zest immediately in recipes, or store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for future use.