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Microplane Classic Series Zester

40001 Microplane Classic Zester

Zests oranges, lemons, limes and other citrus.

Your Price: $9.95
Item Number: 40001

Originally a woodworking tool, this razor-sharp rasp amazed everyone in the kitchen with its effortless citrus zesting and lacy wisps of parmesan and other hard cheeses. Find out how this grater ended up in The New York Times.

Product Details
  • Reusable protective cover included
  • Dimensions: 12" x 1 1/3" x 1/3"
  • Weight: 3 oz.
  • Materials: Surgical grade stainless steel blade
  • Made in USA

  • Zesting with the Microplane Classic Zester: If you are right-handed, hold the lemon (citrus) in your left hand with a side up as if it were the neck of a violin. Take the Microplane® Zester in your right hand and make sure the sharp edges of the cutter are aimed away from you toward the lemon. Make sure to lightly grip the smooth edges of the tool (thumb on one side, four fingers on the other). Now, stroke the Zester across the lemon as if you were playing the violin. The zest collects in the upper channel. Voila! Incredible fine shavings of zest--no more grated knuckles! For use with cheese, we suggest stretching it across the top of a bowl. Another idea is to leave the cover on, but just slide it down to expose only part of the blade and grip the cover while in use. Still not convinced? You can also purchase our cut resistant glove for additional protection! Lee Valley Tools made a holder specifically designed for this zester and you can buy it here.
  • Top rack dishwasher safe.

  • We recommend rinsing your grater in warm water immediately after each use. Remove trapped particles from the non-sharp side whenever possible. To remove trapped particles on the front, first soak the tool in warm water and then use a cleaning brush to stroke in the same direction as the teeth.

  • Store with blade covered when not in use.

Why isn't there a handle for this tool?

The 40001 Zester is one of the original Microplane tools designed as a wood rasp to fit in a hacksaw frame so a handle was never made specifically for this tool. For help using this tool, follow the usage instructions given in the "Use and Care" section of this page. If you wish to purchase the same blade style with a handle, please click here to be taken to the Microplane Classic Series Zester/Grater.

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