Microplane 40020 Classic Zester/Grater
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40020 Features: -Heavy-duty, ergonomic black handle. -Surgical grade stainless steel blade. -Dishwasher safe/handwash cover. -Made in the USA. -Use to zest citrus, grate hard cheeses and ginger. Product Type: -Grater and zester. Finish: -Stainless Steel/Black. Base Material: -Stainless steel. Handle Material: -Plastic. Operation: -Manual. Food Compatibility: -Fruit/Cheese. Item Type: -Handheld. Soft Grip Handle: -Yes. Dishwasher Safe: -Yes. Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: -12". Overall Width - Side to Side: -1.3125". Overall Depth - Front to Back: -1". Overall Product Weight: -0.24 lbs.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #412 in Kitchen & Housewares
- Color: Black
- Brand: Microplane
- Model: 40020
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: 1.00" h x 1.31" w x 12.00" l, .20 pounds
- Designed to extract the best flavor from your food
- High-quality 18/8 stainless steel with grating edges that stay razor sharp
- Excellent for hard cheeses, onions, citrus fruits, ginger and more
- Blade measures 8-1/2-Inch long; ergonomic black plastic handle
- Dishwasher safe; hand wash cover
For fluffy, evenly sized cheese shreds, this is the perfect grater. Its design is based on that of a rasp, the small and efficient woodworking tool. The cutters are especially sharp, which guarantees easy grating. But this also means you'll need to exercise extra caution--no one likes grated knuckles. The large handle allows for a firm grip, and the completely flat grating surface makes it easy to move the cheese across the blades. Carrots, onions, and medium to firm cheeses all worked beautifully with this grater. It's also an excellent choice for larger strips of citrus zest or ginger. --Jill Lightner
Most helpful customer reviews
41 of 41 people found the following review helpful.
This is the #1 Best Seller on Amazon and it's durable, sharp, and includes a clear sheath for storage. I've used it on cheese and zesting and it performs perfectly on both! The blade is not long enough to span the entire lid of a 5qt Kitchenaid mixer bowl, but stable enough to zest with ease. Blades are incredibly sharp for a nice clean motion.
I uploaded a photo of the blade showing rust beneath the handle, even when I handwash/dry. The company informed me that this is made with medical-grade steel and shouldn't rust, but were kind enough to replace mine without hassle which is definitely a plus in dealing with their customer service.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful.
It Really IS All That!
For years, I've wondered why anyone bought a zester. I mean, I've got a box grater for zesting citrus, so why store another single-purpose utensil? So when I had to make a recipe that called for zest in terms of 1/2 a cup, and knowing how long it takes me to grate up 1 Tb on my box grater, I decided to take the plunge. And boy oh BOY, am I ever glad I did! Comparing a box grater to this is like comparing a golf cart to a Ferrari! This is super sharp, so no need to even apply pressure. Just rake it over the surface of the lemon/orange/lime/grapefruit and it removes fine, tiny strips. Knowing that, if you need finer zest, adding an additional few pulses in your food processor will do the trick. I have a small processor that I use exclusively for spices, and it worked perfectly. Since the recipe was sweet, I added a couple Tb of the sugar called for in the recipe in the processor, which kept the zest from sticking to the blades. Worked like a charm.
The cutters on this puppy are super sharp, and for that reason, it comes with a guard in which to store it in your gadget drawer to protect fingers from cuts. Clean up is a breeze if you keep an old, sanitized toothbrush by your sink.
I had a quarter of a lemon that I used for juice, and thought as I too often do, "Darn! I wish I had zested that lemon first before I cut it." Not wanting to let it go to waste, however, I took the zester to that puny, squeezed quarter. The microplane worked like magic! Try doing THAT with your box grater. I was able to retrieve the zest in a ziplock baggie, which I stored in the fridge for later use. Don't know what I've done for the last 50 years of cooking without this gadget. I've wasted a lot of time and incurred skinned knuckles, that's what.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
Difficult to use, blade not sharp/smooth
My friend has a micro plane zester that I adore. It is sharp, smooth, and makes grating things like hard cheeses (parm, asiago, etc) a breeze. I finally caved and sought out the exact model to match hers... but here I am. Either I have a dull one, or I do not believe that this product is genuine. When trying to use the blade, what is being grated "skips" along the blade making it extremely difficult to use. With the skipping of the product, the blade tends to slip and get alarmingly close to your hands. Not okay.
I would not recommend purchasing this item. Spend the extra few dollars and buy it in a reputable store where you know you will actually get the product that you paid for. I only wish that I had tried it sooner so that I didn't miss the 30 day window to return it. Oh well.