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Old 01-06-2009, 11:51 AM   #1
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What's zest/microplane good for?

I see a lot of people are really happy with microplanes and I always hear how useful they are. But what exactly does it work well for? Maybe my recipe library is bland but I rarely see "zest" called for. I'm looking to make my dishes look better and more appealing but not sure where to start. Is there something that you use your microplane for a lot?

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Old 01-06-2009, 11:55 AM   #2
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I use mine for garlic, citrus zesting, nutmeg, cheese, horsradish, ginger, carrots I can go on forever but I think you get the idea.
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Old 01-06-2009, 11:57 AM   #3
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Welcome to DC.

There are baking recipes that require zest and marinade recipes that call for zest.

The rasp aka microplane just makes it a lot easier and faster to zest fruit than an old-fashioned grater. Also the strands are longer and it seems that I get more flavor this way.
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Old 01-06-2009, 12:01 PM   #4
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+ cinamon stick and coconut
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Old 01-06-2009, 12:26 PM   #5
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I am constantly using lemon/lime zest for marinades and I dry the zest to put into spice blends.
Basicaly you can put lemon or lime zest into anything that calls for lemon or lime juice...it intesifies the flavor.
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Old 01-06-2009, 02:32 PM   #6
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I see a lot of people are really happy with microplanes and I always hear how useful they are. But what exactly does it work well for? Maybe my recipe library is bland but I rarely see "zest" called for. I'm looking to make my dishes look better and more appealing but not sure where to start. Is there something that you use your microplane for a lot?

I also use my microplane to grate nutmeg, fresh ginger and to finely shred garlic. Have also used it to shred fresh coconut for garnish or in salads.

I made some lemon cake mix cookies last fall that were fantastic and probably because I added a quantity of freshly grated lemon zest to the dough.
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Old 01-06-2009, 02:36 PM   #7
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Moulding, drawers, sticky doors, book shelves, jewelry boxes.....

Back to the microplane discussion! LMAO
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Ahem...for the record, the same as Lefty.
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Old 01-06-2009, 02:40 PM   #9
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Yup, pretty much anything I want. I like it a lot for garlic, shallots, ginger, even hot peppers. It is great for ingredients going into dipping sauces and drizzling sauces.
Sometimes I use both microplaned and chopped, especially garlic.
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Moulding, drawers, sticky doors, book shelves, jewelry boxes.....
Acknowledged. LOL!

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