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Old 08-18-2008, 07:00 AM   #11
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I bought a microplane last year. I've used it a few times and it doesn't take up much room. I'd recommend one, but have never used a true zester. Wouldn't a cheese grater work?
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Old 08-18-2008, 09:04 AM   #12
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I had a zester but threw it away after hubby bought me a microplane. It's so much easier and works much better.
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Old 08-18-2008, 09:06 AM   #13
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...Wouldn't a cheese grater work?

Depends on the grater. Some have holes that are too big and they can take the pith under the zest along with the zest. Not a tasty combination.
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Old 08-18-2008, 09:19 AM   #14
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That's like using a paring knife to carve a turkey. It can be done, but why bother?
that is exactly how my dad carved last years Thanksgiving turkey. I am still not sure why he did that as he is an excellent carver and always uses a carving knife. He did an amazing job with the paring knife though and in the same amount of time it usually takes him.

I use a microplane for my zesting needs. It works very well and has other uses too.
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Old 08-18-2008, 09:48 AM   #15
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Does anyone want to tell me what a microplane is ?
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Old 08-18-2008, 09:50 AM   #16
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Here ya go.
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Old 08-18-2008, 09:57 AM   #17
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I have a few different models:

1) A small, 5" tall triangular grater/zester I bought from Marshalls for something like 5 bucks. It works great. One side has a slicer, one a small grater, and one a fine grater/zester. Works great for tableside parmesan or fresh nutmex etc.

2) Two different Microplane brand tools. One is a fine grater and the other is a zester. We bought these because everyone used them. The sharpness is impecable, but I don't like how narrow the surfaces are. Many times I was rushing to grate cheese or something in the last minutes of cooking dinner and got cut. I never use those now, but I think the DW uses them once in a while.

3) A wider grater. The surface on this is about 4" long by 3" wide compared to 1" wide on the Microplane brand. When the triangle is dirty or being used on another ingredient, I use the wider grater. It's fine enough for zest and coarse enough to make mounds of parmesan.

4) I also have this style zester, which I barely use but it's pretty safe to operate.
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Well while we're on the subject.......I dont have a microplane or a zester, yes Im a little behind the times when it comes to kitchen gadgetsAny suggestions on what to use for whole nutmeg???
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Old 08-18-2008, 10:19 AM   #19
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a microplane is a great kitchen tool...zests citrus without the pith, makes feathery grated parmesan, does garlic or onion for the finnicky etc. and they are not expensive.
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Old 08-18-2008, 10:22 AM   #20
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Any suggestions on what to use for whole nutmeg???
The very fine area on the trinagular grater works perfect.
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