Microplane 40001 Stainless Steel Zester
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- Recommended for citrus zest, ginger, and spices
- 18/8 Razor-sharp stainless steel blades
- Reusable cover
- Dishwasher-safe; hand wash cover
- Blades made in the USA
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A true American original, this zester is what made Microplane a must have amongst professional chefs and cooking enthusiasts. The iconic long and narrow, rasp-style design that originated in the woodshop. This zester is perfect for oranges, lemons, limes, and other citrus. Made in the USA.
For uniform lemon rind 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 totally flat grating surface makes it easy to move the fruit across the blades, while the rounded edges allow you to set this across the top of a bowl and grate directly into it. Ginger and all citrus fruits worked beautifully with this zester, and the tiny size of individual pieces means you won't need to do any additional chopping. --Jill Lightner
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This grater does NOTHING -- it is almost as though someone in the factory stepped on it and smashed the cutter edges back into the plane of body of the tool. I repeatedly tried to grate lemon zest and other items I normally have no problem with using my other Microplane's and nothing gets grated! I might as well rub my lemon on a flat surface with no edges. I waited too long to test it out and now can't return it. I am VERY disappointed. I wonder if I got a FAKE from some other source.
Do not use it for nutmeg because it will dull the blade.
It works great for citrus zest, ginger, garlic and Parmesan cheese, though it does take a long time to get enough cheese. It is a zester, so that isn't a fault and I admit that I like lots of Parmesan.
You can set it down on top of a bowl and hold it with one hand to grate lemon zest into your food.
It's also great for "zesting" things like chocolate, ginger, garlic, but probably not at the same time.
If you have used the model 40020 Microplane Zester-Grater with the black plastic handle, this handle-less version can take some getting used to. The 40020 has rounded edges and I found that some foods tend to collect in the underside edges, which is why I recently purchased this model. The edges are squared and do not trap food.
Important Note: the Microplane breaks down hard cheese into very light, feathery shards that weigh less than cheese grated on a box or rotary graters when measured by volume. One ounce of parmesan grated on the fine holes of a box grater yield ½ cup of grated cheese; one ounce grated on a Microplane yields ¾ cup of grated cheese. So when following a recipe use the recommended weight of the hard cheese. If the amount is given by volume, increase it by half using a Microplane.
It takes just the very top of the rind, without any pith. The blades are VERY sharp and using it is pretty much effortless. It's quite flat so it's easy to store because it doesn't take up much room. It comes with a clear hard plastic sleeve for safe storage.
For those reviewers who complained about there not being a handle so there is a "safety issue"... How the heck are you less likely to scrape your knuckle just because there's a handle? I have had NO problems using this zester. There is no slipping, no knuckle-scrapage. Just use it carefully, there is a risk involved in using ANYTHING sharp, including a pencil. This is a great product, don't complain because you are careless or don't know how to use a microplane.