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Old 08-19-2008, 12:14 AM   #41
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I'm feeling rather helpful - just go with it

Microplane - http://www.chefscatalog.com/product/24520-.aspx

and another: http://images.google.com/imgres?imgu...GL:en%26sa%3DN

Sometimes they have no handle - I prefer the handle: http://images.google.com/imgres?imgu...GL:en%26sa%3DN
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Old 08-19-2008, 05:36 AM   #42
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I use one of those apple peelers. You know the ones that rotate the apple and the little cutter is on a threaded rod? The cutter works it's way down the lemon, orange or whatever. I get one really long zest. Then I throw it in the blender with 1/4 cup of spring water, pulse a few times and then strain the fine zest out through the copper filter from my coffee maker. I find this works really well.

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Hey, it's only 5:30 AM and I'm already on the train and needed a chuckle. Thought I'd share.

I have a zester and thought that it was the cat's meow. Now Y'all have taught me about microplanes and I thank you. They look really cool and I now have to have one.

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Old 08-19-2008, 08:59 AM   #43
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My post number 17 has links to 4 different style zesters.
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Old 08-21-2008, 12:55 PM   #44
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They did a thing on microplanes on one of the morning news shows and they pointed out that you can buy them cheaper at hardware stores, like this. What's funny if you go to the microplane.com site, they kitchen tools are more expensive than the woodworking tools.
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Old 08-21-2008, 01:23 PM   #45
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They did a thing on microplanes on one of the morning news shows and they pointed out that you can buy them cheaper at hardware stores, like this. What's funny if you go to the microplane.com site, they kitchen tools are more expensive than the woodworking tools.
Most are not stainless steel or dishwasher safe. Stick to the kitchen store.
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Old 08-21-2008, 01:27 PM   #46
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Most are not stainless steel or dishwasher safe. Stick to the kitchen store.
Microplane is a brand and theirs do seem to be, they just have different shaped on the wood working side.

The show I saw said it was perfectly safe to use the ones from the hardware stores, and they recommended it to save money and get a wider variety of sizes, that there is no difference if taken care of properly.
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Old 08-21-2008, 03:58 PM   #47
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Microplane is a brand and theirs do seem to be, they just have different shaped on the wood working side.
I know what they are, I have a drawer fill of them in my workshop.

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The show I saw said it was perfectly safe to use the ones from the hardware stores, and they recommended it to save money and get a wider variety of sizes, that there is no difference if taken care of properly.
Here's one made for food $8.99. Just shop around. That's why Microplane offers food safe models and woodworking models. The difference is in the construction materials, not the shape of the blade.
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Old 08-21-2008, 04:04 PM   #48
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I use a zester for zesting citrus peel and parmesan cheese. I keep telling myself I need to buy a microplane but when it comes down to it I can't seem to spend the $11.99 for one. Thats the cheapest I found at Bath & Beyond for a nice one. I really do like my zester though for parmesan cheese. I think I'll try looking at the hardware store for a good one as Callisto suggested.
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I know what they are, I have a drawer fill of them in my workshop.
Glad you know. Others may not.

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Here's one made for food $8.99. Just shop around. That's why Microplane offers food safe models and woodworking models. The difference is in the construction materials, not the shape of the blade.
The point that you seem to choose to dismiss is that you can get them from a hardware, without paying $$$$ up the ying yang plus shipping which can also be expensive, and they are perfectly safe to use.

Additionally, I said nothing about shape, I said size, i.e. width and length.
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LOL...this sounds like an episode from....
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