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Microplane 40020 Classic Zester/Grater

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  • Designed to extract the best flavor from your food
  • High-quality 18/8 stainless steel with grating edges that stay razor sharp
  • Excellent for hard cheeses, onions, citrus fruits, ginger and more
  • Blade measures 8-1/2-Inch long; ergonomic black plastic handle
  • Dishwasher safe; hand wash cover
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This stainless steel spice zester from Microplane is the easiest way to zest all of your citrus for your favorite food and drink recipes. This easy, hand-held citrus zest features an ergonomic santoprene handle for a comfortable grip, and a hole for hanging. The razor-sharp blade makes grating easy and it comes with a thick, plastic cover for safe storing and handling.

12-1/4"L x 1-1/4" W

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For fluffy, evenly sized cheese shreds, this is the perfect grater. Its design is based on that of a rasp, the small and efficient woodworking tool. The cutters are especially sharp, which guarantees easy grating. But this also means you'll need to exercise extra caution--no one likes grated knuckles. The large handle allows for a firm grip, and the completely flat grating surface makes it easy to move the cheese across the blades. Carrots, onions, and medium to firm cheeses all worked beautifully with this grater. It's also an excellent choice for larger strips of citrus zest or ginger. --Jill Lightner

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  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 1.3 x 1 inches ; 3.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B00004S7V8
  • Item model number: 40020
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,063 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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809 of 832 people found the following review helpful By "wallaann" on August 16, 2000
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I purchased this after spending 2 hours zesting limes for a gourmet cookie recipe with the traditional potato-peeler+ food processor method. The most time consuming part is carefully scraping way all the white pith on the inside of the peel. The pith is very bitter and can ruin your recipe. This zester did the same job in 30 seconds and didn't even touch the pith. Just pure, perfect lime zest with no effort. Totally worth its weight in gold. Now I can make those cookies again without my hands cramping up after hours scraping the peels. Who has time for that?
I've also started using it for grating parmesan. Definately takes Ceaser salads and pasta up a notch. I'm purchasing several more as gifts for my friends. Would make an incredible (and cheap) holiday/birthday gift for anyone, even the casual cook. Please note that the size of the grated zest or cheese is very fine and not ideal as a garnish. Parmesan or Romano grated with this tool melts quickly into the pasta, and doesn't lend much to the presentation. Tastes great, but hard to see. If you're looking for a garnishing tool, this is not it.
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307 of 322 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 8, 2003
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This is probably the only tool in my kitchen that I've also found in my dad's workshop. I use it for a variety of grating tasks including hard cheeses, chocolate, nutmeg, cinnamon, and citrus zests.
For hard cheeses such as parmesan, you'll get a nice, light fluffy pile of cheese as opposed to the grittier result from a traditional box grater. This is because the Microplane actually produces tiny, thin strips as opposed to hard little granules. Your cheese will melt faster and will actually look somewhat elegant perched in a snowy mound atop a bowl of pasta.
Hard spices such as nutmeg grate quickly and easily, and it's a snap to run the Microplane over an orange or lemon for just the right amount of zest and no pith (unless you press to hard or work the same spot too long). With wetter foods like zest, you will have to slide the resulting product from the backside of the plane as it does tend to stick, but this only takes a quick flick of your finger. Chocolate will need to be quite cold so that it's hard enough to grate without melting or slipping.
Finally, the Microplane is extremely easy to use because you can grate right into the pot or onto a plate. It's long enough to rest on the lip of most bowls, and it's elegant enough to bring to the table. In fact, we recently had a dinner party and we passed around this tool so that our guests could grate just the right amount of bittersweet chocolate into their black-bean chili.
Cleaning can be a bit tricky with this tool, since its sharp holes will catch on a towel when you try to dry it. Personally, I find that a few hard taps dislodge any gunk and I seldom need to actually wash it. But if you do get it wet, be sure to dry it thoroughly as you would with any fine kitchen knife. If you wipe toward the handle, it shouldn't be a problem.
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243 of 259 people found the following review helpful By In My Garden on November 7, 2003
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When I received this wonderful product I placed it in the drawer and mostly forgot about it until it was time to grate some parmesan cheese. I remembered I had bought it, brought it out and pressing the cheese hard against the grater I ran it down. To my absolute amazement the cheese came out the underside of the grater with total ease. I ran the cheese across it again, this time, pressing lightly and the same thing happened. Whenever I had grated cheeses before the job was ardurous, very time consuming, and the result was usually more of a powder then nicely sectioned flakes of hard cheese.
This grater is made of the very best material and extremely sharp! I can see owning this tool for many years because of its quality. I am very pleased with my purchase and encourage others to buy one.
The grater came with the manufacturers "slip cover" over it and I decided to keep it on the grater when not in use for two reasons:
1. The grating surface is very sharp. It would be easy to cut yourself pulling this out of the drawer. Ouch!
2. I want to preserve the grating surface's blades for as long as possible because this is now one of my favorite tools.
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93 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan S. Haas on November 28, 2002
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The entire Microplane line is a marvel of culinary engineering. The well-stocked kitchen will have several Microplane graters, but this one is perhaps the most versatile.
Just a few quick and easy passes around your favorite citrus, and you've got a nice neat pile of zest, pith-free, suitable for your angel food cake, dessert souffle, or fruit cookie. You will never again buy pre-grated Parmesan cheese, nor will you ever again waste your money on the cardboard specks your grocery store calls pre-grated nutmeg. (And trust me, you haven't had eggnog until you've had it dusted with fresh nutmeg.) Need chocolate dust? Not a problem. Takes a couple of seconds.
Buy a whole set of Microplanes and throw away your uncomfortable, unsafe, and hard-to-clean box grater. One of the best low-tech kitchen innovations in years.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Jack Richman on June 22, 2000
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The Microplane grater was origionally designed as a wood rasp and found its way into the kitchen. The teeth are sharp, stay that way and don't clog up the way other fine graters do, so it's a snap to clean. It works spectacularly with hard cheeses like parmasan, shaving it effortlously into tiny curls. Because of this unique shape, the cheese melts almost instantly on hot pasta. When measuring parmasan cheese grated with the Microplane, make sure to press down on it in the measuring cup or measure by weight, because it's curled shape increases the volume of the cheese substantially compared with cheese grated with a conventional grater. As was noted it is a terrific zester and worth the price for that function alone.
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