This tool is normally used to grate citrus for perfect lemon, lime, and orange zests or to create pillowy mounds of parmesan cheese. However, it is also a great tool for grating spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, and even chilies into fresh ground powders. If your dish requires fresh grated ginger or garlic, this tool will do that job as well. Customers have let us know that they even use this tool to remove burnt edges from cookies and bread. What will you use it for?
Updated handles for a Classic Zester This version of the classic Microplane zester/Cheese Grater has a premium soft-touch handle and non-scratch end tabs. This tool grates even the hardest Parmesan Reggiano as well as other hard cheeses into fine lacy wisps. Ideal for topping your favorite spaghetti and meatballs or a Caesar salad. It’s also wonderful for effortless citrus zesting to add natural flavors to a lemon crème brulee or a basic vinaigrette
This premium classic zester is used by celebrity chefs, restaurants, and home cooks. This tool has the original blade that created the entire range of zesting tools on the market today. If you want the best tool, this is it, Microplane is the standard that everyone else tries to meet. Don't be disappointed with other zesting tools on the market. People say this tool has changed their life. Zest citrus at the perfect depth to only get the zest, and not the bitter white pith. It is a multi purpose tool and it is recommended for grating garlic, grating ginger, grating parmesan cheese. You can also use as a nutmeg Cheese Grater or gain the benefits of cinnamon by grating it on this tool.
Why isn't there a handle for this tool?
The 40001 Zester is one of the original Microplane tools designed as a wood rasp to fit in a hacksaw frame so a handle was never made specifically for this tool.
How do I use a Zester?
If you are right-handed, hold the lemon (citrus) in your left hand with a side up as if it were the neck of a violin. Take the Microplane® Zester in your right hand and make sure the sharp edges of the cutter are aimed away from you toward the lemon. Make sure to lightly grip the smooth edges of the tool (thumb on one side, four fingers on the other). Now, stroke the Zester across the lemon as if you were playing the violin. The zest collects in the upper channel. Voila! Incredible fine shavings of zest--no more grated knuckles! For use with cheese, we suggest stretching it across the top of a bowl.
What is Zest?
Zest, is the grated rind of a citrus fruit, and the Microplane zesters do this with little effort, and the teeth are set so that you don't end up with the layer of white skin, called the pith which is bitter.
Why use Zest?
Zest add an extra level of flavor to dishes, without adding liquid, it is a popular way to add flavor, without adding calories as well. You can decorate with zest as well, adding color and flavor.
I want a thick zest - does this tool do that?
This tool is for fine zesting ideal for baking and cooking. A thicker zest is can be created with a larger blade type like a coarse blade, or you can use a garnishing tool called a cannelle knife, often people call this zest, but at Microlane we call this a garnish or a twist.
Does this tool come with a food guard?
This tool is too not designed for a food guard, we recommend using the Microplane Cut Resistant Glove
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