Pros: does not slice into the pith, nice long strips as well as larger curls
Cons: stainless steel shows finger prints
When my husband received a Le Creuset bar set for his birthday a couple of years ago. He said finally something that will get used more than once and put up on a garage sale. He came to me when he was looking at his set and handed me the lemon zester and said what is this? I just smiled and said something you will never use and took it for my own.
Le Creuset Lemon Zester is 4 3/4 in. long and made of 18/10 stainless steel. The zester is thicker at the handle end for easier gripping and flattens out at the end that zests. at the zester end there are five small holes that will give you thin strips of lemon or lime or orange zest. There is also a larger hole on the side of the head of the zester that is perfect size for curls to use as garnish or to candy.
I use both the smaller holes on the zester and the larger one on the side. I get thin strips from the smaller holes on the head of the zester without getting the pith. The pith is bitter and can really make whatever you are using the zest for taste horrible. I use the thin slices of what ever citrus I have chosen in my cooking as well as chopping it up to give a little extra zing to cakes, icing, and desert sauces. The larger hole on the side of the zester head I use to make curls for garnishing cakes and drinks. I also use it to make strips big enough that I can candy them as well. Though the name is lemon zester I have used this on lemons, oranges, and limes with great results from each. The lemon zester can easily be washed in the dish washer, but I always do it by hand.
I use this zester often and have never had a problem with the zester slicing so deep into the citrus that I get pith. I love that this is stainless steel and not only looks nice but is useful as well. The only thing out stainless steel though is that finger prints stay on and need to be wiped/polished off ever so often. Le Creuset lemon zester has a five year limited warranty . This is a great zester for when you are wanting to see the pieces of zest being used. I am happy with it and give it a four star for its appearance and usefulness.