Often it is the simplest kitchen utensils that really impress. For the ultimate in fine grating and zesting there is only one tool I would recommend and that is the Microplane grater/zester. Try it for yourself and you will see why I am such a huge fan.
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Now there are some kitchen gadgets that make great gifts, and others that really should be bought for yourself. I was actually given my microplane zester as part of a bundle of kitchen inspired Christmas gifts from my sister-in-law. To say I was surprised to unwrap this particular utensil would be a bit of an understatement. I thought she had gone a little peculiar gifting me such a mundane piece of culinary kit.
However, the next time I needed lemon zest (for something not unlike my speedy smoked salmon tagliatelle) I was rather impressed with her choice. It is a marvel in the kitchen, producing the finest fragments of subtly scented food imaginable.
That being said I really don’t recommend this as a great kitchen gift idea. Yes it is marvelous, but it really doesn’t need to be gift wrapped. Treat yourself to one, not a friend or relative! Let them try yours and they’ll get themselves on anyway!
The Best Zester from Microplane
To say this is sharp is a bit of an understatement. It might look safe, but believe me you need to keep your eye on the ball when both using and when washing it, if you don’t want to lose any skin that is. This is a remarkable tool though. I really cannot explain just how good something so mundane could be. The manufacturers suggest using it for hard cheeses such as Parmesan but I tend to want too much of that. Instead I keep my Microplane for smaller ingredients, such as citrus zest, ginger and even nutmeg (since I know not where my nutmeg grater has gone).
If you want to check out just how impressive such a simple piece of kit could be, click the links above to read over 350 zester reviews. As I write over 300 of those customer reviews give the Microplane 5 out of a possible 5 stores. I think that says it all really. If you want the absolute ultimate, best zester/grater it has to be the Microplane 40020 Grater/Zester.