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Microplane 46020 Premium Black Zester/Grater
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- Great for zesting citrus, grating hard cheese, and ginger
- Constructed out of 18/8 stainless steel with Microplane's razor sharp edges
- Premium handles are ergonomic and soft to the touch; includes reusable cover
- Non-slip rubber feet add stability and protect your plates
- Dishwasher-safe; hand wash cover
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|Dimensions||1 inches x 12 inches x 1.31 inches||1 inches x 12 inches x 1.31 inches||1 inches x 12 inches x 1 inches||1 inches x 8.5 inches x 1.5 inches|
|Item Package Weight||0.22 pounds||0.09 pounds||0.15 pounds||0.05 pounds|
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Here is what I found.
They are all using the same blade-made in USA but assembled in Mexico.
The designs differ. Professional is more auqare like many graters we have used from before. It is not super eye catching. The premium and classic series has that long lean body that everyone recognizes easily to be super special to microplane.
Furthermore,Premium and classic series come with plastic handles and several reviewers complain they broke if you are too forceful. The professional series are made of all stainless steel all over.
Also, the premium and the classic series differ in two things. First, at the end where it stands on the counter top, the premium comes with two tiny plastic foot, you cannot see front the pic, but they are there while the classic does not. It protects the surface of either your countertop or your mixer bowl. If you use the classic series, you might scratch the surface it comes in contact with and the classic might be easier to slip too. Second, the plastic handle is sturdier in the premium series than the classics. Other than these two, they are basically the same design.
At the end, my sturdiness ranking is 1. professional 2. premium 2. classic.
my attractiveness of its outlook ranking is 1. premium 2. classic 3. professional.
But the attractiveness is more subject to individual taste than sturdiness ranking.
My final decision is to keep the professional series made of all stainless steel for my friend who care less about the look and for me, I will stay with the premium series and its color handles. I will make sure to be super careful and not use too much force. One more note, I ordered the yellow but the yellow is not a bright yellow , it is more of a dull saturated yellow. So if you like bright lemon yellow, this is not the color for you.
This Microplane is fairly easy to wash and clean. But, after washing, hold the handle and shake out the water that collects in the handle. Then place the Microplane with the handle up after washing so the water dries out from the handle.
I see that there is a newer version of this tool with a shorter and wider rasp area. The tool also includes a small and large strip zester.
PROS: Removes the zest with less effort and better control (without removing the bitter pith). Easily collects the zest without it collecting on your hands.
CONS: The rasp and handle area is not totally sealed or removable to either prevent food to collect under the handle or to allow thorough cleaning.
Previous to my Microplane zester, I just used a peeler for zesting citrus or or grating nutmeg. I thought it was adequate. It was a bit tedious and hazardous, but I zested so infrequently, it didn't seem like a big deal.
After the zester, I used it to add zesting to a lot of foods I make everyday: salads, pancakes, crepes, lemonade, tapenade, relishes, roasted meats and desserts. The zesting dresses up the flavor in even simple desserts like apple crisp. It is simple to clean up: usually a hot water rinse will do it.
This zester comes in such a cheerful color. The handle is comfortable and sturdy. It is dishwasher safe, although I usually just wash by hand, as it is so simple.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Moved a few months ago & have a microplane somewhere in boxes but finally succumbed & bought a 2nd one: couldn't live without it. Read morePublished 16 hours ago by Joglass
I like these classic microplanes, ok. But over the years I have discovered the microplanes without a handle to be more versatile when it comes to zesting or grating things like... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Maggie S.
This microplane is awesome, I had a bigger one and for the life of me can not find it anywhere. This is the replacement and I am so glad that my other one got lost. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Stephanie McCue
In the few weeks that I've had it, this has become one of my most-used kitchen tools. Zesting limes and lemons was a big chore before. Read morePublished 2 days ago by CrankyToday
These are great! Shreds cheese great and perfectly every time. My wife loves the colors they come in as well. They last for a very long time. Read morePublished 3 days ago by sb