Do you make a lot of fancy drinks with fresh citrus? Do you have a bar that's more than just a shelf in your kitchen? Do you like gadgets that preform multiple functions? Are you short on storage space?
Then maybe the Microplane 3-in-1 Bar Zester Citrus Bar Tool ($19.95) is for you. It's got a grating surface for zesting citrus, a cutting blade for making citrus curls, and a bottle opener, all in one compact tool.
Like every other Microplane zester I've used, it does a great job grating citrus zest. It's not as efficient as a larger zester if you need to zest dozens of lemons, but it's fine for the little bit of zest you might need for a drink at a time. The citrus curler makes nice curls from the peel. That's not something I need often enough to warrant a separate tool, but as an add-on to the zester, it makes sense. And the bottle opener is, well, a bottle opener.
If you already have a zester and you don't have a separate bar area, you probably don't need a tool like this. But if you've got a bar and you want to outfit it with the tools you need rather than moving things back and forth from the kitchen, this would be handy. Or, if you've got a small kitchen and not much storage space, this won't take up as much room as a full-size zester.
About the author: Resident yeast whisperer and bread baking columnist Donna Currie also has a serious gadget habit. When her father-in-law heard about this column, he upgraded the nickname for her kitchen from "gadget world" to "gadget heaven." You can find her on her blog, Cookistry or follow her on Twitter at @dbcurrie.
Disclaimer: Testing samples were provided to Serious Eats.