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Old 08-17-2008, 07:34 PM   #1
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Do you use a zester?

When I zest, I just use a vegetable peeler and it takes a little time, but gets the job done. I understand oneb can buy a Zester - does anyone have one and how do they like it?



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Old 08-17-2008, 07:38 PM   #2
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I have a zester as well as a microplane, I use both. It depends if I want longish strip of zest with the zester, or I use the microplane and get the smaller zest of a lemon or orange.

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I use a micro plane zester and I love it! Quick easy and I use it for garlic and ginger also!
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I recommend a microplane over a dedicated zester. 1) it is a multitasker, 2)better then a 5 channel zester, 3)you can use to grind hard spices on.

A veggie peeler, imo, is going to cut too deep if you are not paying attention and you will get the pith. And even then, a peeler is only going to yield a wide strip of hopefully only the outer most layer of fruit, and you still have to cut it down further, or mince it.

A proper zester is a l"semi" imited tool, but worth keeping in the kitchen arsenal, and well preferred over a veggie peeler.
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Old 08-17-2008, 07:47 PM   #5
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I like my zester (I always called it a channel knife) but what you want is a microplane - I LOVE that too. You can use it for Parmesan, obviously fruit zest, and I have grated other things on it too like fresh ginger.

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Old 08-17-2008, 08:16 PM   #6
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I much prefer a microplane to a zester. It's much faster and very effective. I especially like that when I'm zesting multiple lemons for Alix's lemon bar recipe.
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Old 08-17-2008, 09:10 PM   #7
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I have a zester and microplane. The microplane gets used a lot, the zester, occasionally.
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Old 08-17-2008, 09:34 PM   #8
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Wow you're using a peeler to get the zest off? That's like using a paring knife to carve a turkey. It can be done, but why bother? A sharp knife is more efficient to get the zest off a fruit than a peeler if one doesn't have a microplane or a zester.

Out of the two, I much prefer a microplane, but if cost is an issue, a zester is a fraction of the price.
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Old 08-17-2008, 09:57 PM   #9
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I have both a zester and a microplane. Most of the time I use the microplane but some recipes call for the long, thin strips of zest. That's when I use the zester.

Never thought of using a vegetable peeler. Seems it would take too long and be more labor intensive than I'd care to get into. Just me.
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Old 08-17-2008, 10:55 PM   #10
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I use a microplane.

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