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Jose Andres and Craig Ferguson talk kitchen gadgets. For those looking for belated Christmas gifts, I rather doubt anyone in your life needs a pineapple corer. But everyone in your life needs a Microplane zester.

By Ezra Klein  |  December 30, 2009; 12:30 PM ET
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I <3 my microplane zester...

Posted by: aawiegel | December 30, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

And I <3 my pineapple corer! You're nuts to dismiss it (unless you don't like pineapple, I suppose). It's one of the best tools in my kitchen. I love pineapple, but ate well less than 1/2 my current consumption rate before I got the corer.

I'd regularly eschewed whole, uncut/cored pineapple before because, well, it's a bitch to cut and core. While the corer certainly = more waste (if you simply dump the remains, which I don't), it makes fresh cut pineapple a cinch, and grilled pineapple is a huge hit for dinner guests as well as for the wife and I.

More than well worth the $20 (shipped!) from I got the aluminum version, which is an extra $4-5, but I find it very sturdy and well worth it!

Posted by: deanlambrecht | December 30, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

You belittle the noble Microplane by calling it a mere zester. Yes, it makes angel-wing feathers of citrus zest, but it does so much more.

Nutmeg is essential to cream sauces, but one must buy it whole, as it is used in small quantities. So sayeth The Joy Of Cooking. But grating it on the "small" puncture-hole side of a box grater is wasteful and depressing.

Grating nutmeg on a Microplane, on the other hand, is a joy! No longer does half of the precious stick to the grater itself!

Makes me wanna don pearl and crinoline and dance around the kitchen, it does.

Posted by: hamletta | December 31, 2009 1:21 AM | Report abuse

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