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40001 Microplane Classic Zester

40001 Microplane Classic Zester

Zests oranges, lemons, limes and other citrus.

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.

Product Details
  • Cover included.
  • Dimensions: 12" x 1 1/3" x 1/3"
  • Weight: 3 oz.
  • Materials: Blade made of surgical grade stainless steel.
  • Blade made in the USA.

  • 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.

How to ZEST with a Microplane Grater:

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. 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!

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 we have never made a handle for this grater. (The handles that fit on the other Microplane tools do not work for this one.) You don't need a handle to use the 40001 Zester. If you will lightly grip the smooth edges of the tool (thumb on one side, four fingers on the other) you can stroke it across a lemon or orange and the zest will collect in the upper channel. 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.) There is a company that made an attachment for this at

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