Ever wonder what the difference is between a zester and a microplane? Though the terms are often used interchangeable and they serve very similar functions, the tools themselves are quite different. Learn about them and their proper uses here!
Hi, I’m Chris Tavano for Tundra Restaurant Supply, and in today’s episode I’m going to show you the difference between zesting and microplaning your citrus.
All right, here on my right, your left, we have a zester. This is made by Messermeister. Here on my left, your right, is a microplane. Let’s look at how these two differ.
Zester is you’re going to want to use these little blades in here. They look like little rings but they’re actually really sharp blades when you run them this way across your citrus. You’re going to want to hold up kind of close behind the blade to give it some leverage, and take one full stroke all the way across the lime. Notice what it does to the rind of the lime, as well as what you get out of it. Looks like little confetti strings.
Next we have a microplane. You want to try and make an even stroke across your microplane just like we did with the zester. As you rotate down the microplane you want to simultaneously rotate the citrus as well, so that way you’re not rubbing too much in one spot and getting too much of the bitter pit.
I’m Chris Tavano for Tundra Restaurant Supply and that’s the difference between zesting and microplaning. If you’ve got any other further questions, please contact our sales floor directly or comment below, and please subscribe.