Grated Lemon Zest and spiral peel on wooden board
Giada De Laurentiis' Tip For Zesting Lemons Alters The Whole Game

As a celebrity chef and cookbook author who's constantly developing delicious recipes, Giada De Laurentiis knows a few tricks for your lemon-centric recipes.

One trick that Giada shared on TikTok involves a zester, a lemon, and a technique that will change the way you zest citrus: don't hold the fruit above the zester.

Many cooks hold the zester sharp side up, moving the lemon back and forth on top of the metal tool and letting the zest sprinkle downward, but Giada votes against this.

In her TikTok video, the celebrity chef instructs viewers to flip the zester upside down and place the lemon underneath it, grating the peel from below.

Rather than the zest falling all over the place, it gathers neatly on the zester and stays put, allowing you to see and measure how much lemon peel you've zested.