Product Review: Microplane Zester
Recently I attended a talk given by Fresh from the Farm author, gardener, and foodie Susie Middleton, who said that her “microplane zester” was one of her favorite kitchen tools, perfect for removing the tasty, brilliant zest from citrus—citrus being one of her top ten ingredients to keep on hand for garnishing home-grown vegetables (I hope to interview Susie soon for CCF).
First, a disclaimer: I keep a fairly simple utensil drawer, and it’s been a long time since I treated myself to a new kitchen toy. For years, I simply used a regular cheese grater for this task. When I was an ex-pat grad student in Canada, I even took a potato peeler and created broad strips (mostly zest, with some of the bitter white inner peel), then trimmed and sliced the strips as finely as possible. But Susie was so enthusiastic I couldn’t resist. At my local hardware store, a medium-grade zester cost under $15.00. $13.99, to be exact. There’s no sales tax in Montana. (c: