Top critical review
Clumsy, difficult to use and poorly designed.
on March 27, 2016
Could I be the only one that doesn't like this? I previously owned the Microplane 40001 Stainless Steel Zester. It grated beautifully but didn't have a handle and more than once I grated my knuckles I chose this because it was so highly rated.
OMG this is so much WORSE.
I bought this for the express purpose of zesting citrus. It works, but I ended up with slivers of citrus zest that are huge. I didn't, but should have put them through the Cuisinart, but aside from the fact I didn't want to deal with the clean-up, the need to run them through the food processor not only seemed counter-intuitive, but wrong-- there shouldn't be a need to process the zest after grating.
The second problem I had with this is that it's too long. A lemon or orange, is only so big. I don't understand the purpose of the length, particularly since you can only grate a few inches after which you need to stop and rotate the fruit. The times I ran the fruit to the end (which is really easy to do, meaning I was getting a lot of pith) it became difficult to hold and threw it off-balance. To counter-act this, I tightened my grip, but that was hardly comfortable and still grating towards the end felt like I was trying to wrestle with an errent magic wand. Despite my best efforts, there were a few times I actually knocked it out of my hand.
The third problem I had with this is that it's too narrow. Because the microplane is only about 1" wide, I had to keep rotating my lemon, shifting hand position and readjusting the grip. If it was wider, I could have zested more comfortably and faster -- with less strokes, less turns and less damage to the fruit.
I know I'm sounding like a baby, but, this was hard to handle. Instead of finding a piece of equipment that makes prep-work easier, this didn't at all and I dread the prospect using it again.
Microplane makes a professional model that's wider, shorter and finer and has a handle. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will be The One!