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Nov 7, 2011 05:51 PM

How to Clean Microplane Zester

Any suggestions???

I have a new one, that I absolutely love using. It makes the very best "zest." But the problem is, I have THE hardest time cleaning it. I always seem to resort to having to pick out the dried zest with my fingernails. It is sooo tedious and annoying. Is there a trick to make this task easier?

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  1. "Dried zest"? How long do you wait before cleaning? I rinse mine immediately after use and have never had any problems.

    1. Hmm, they are partially difficult to clean because they are so sharp. If the zest has already been dried, then I would try to soak the microplaner in water for a few minute to soften it. Do you have a sink/kitchen sprayer?

      Also a kitchen brush works better than a sponge for a microplane.

      1. Rinse well, and then put into the dishwasher. I'd be sure to do the rinse if it won't be dishwashed quickly.

        1. Just after we're done using it we tap the end in the sink & then hold it under running water. Hey presto, the zest is gone from the Microplane. If you wait too long then yes, it'll dry & not be easy to clean.


          1. I run it under water, being careful not to touch the blades in the wrong direction. Then it shakes itself dry, like a wet cat.