Citrus is an amazing addition to many dishes. If you’ve followed this blog or any others, you may have seen the use of zest quite a bit. For a while I used extracts, but I found that many of them taste medicinal and leave an unpleasant after taste. With the introduction of the micro-plane and the reamer I’ve added the juice and the zest to a lot of my cooking. I’ve begun changing up sauces and condiments, like Remoulade, to adding a touch of brightness to a baked good like Citrus Cream Cheese Bars.
The micro-plane, although originally a carpenter’s tool for shaving wood, has become a must have for the home cook. Not only does it zest citrus, but it also can be used as a grater for hard cheeses as well as a spice grinder for larger spices like nutmeg or ginger. These clean bright flavors add so much to multiple recipes and at a considerably low-price of $20 for each, you can include a reamer and a micro-plane into your kitchen tool arsenal.