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Budding cook; microplane or vacuum sealer?

OckhamsFolly | Feb 3, 201205:11 PM     34

Well, I've finally got my kitchen set up with all the basic tools I need like a good set of pans, good knives, etc. I'm trying to figure out what new tools I'll get the most out of. Unfortunately, I'm on a bit of a budget; I can't justify spending more than $50. I've been looking at Microplane graters (mostly for zests), but I'm waffling between that and FoodSaver's FreshSaver handheld vacuum sealer. I think I'll get more use out of the vacuum sealer, but it seems designed mostly for veggies and cold cuts; I'm not sure if it'll perform as well for freezing meats and batches, which is a big reason I want one. Does anybody know it the handheld unit works fine for freezing stuff? Should I just go for the microplane? I like adding zests to dishes, but it's kind of a pain with the box grater, so I don't do it very often. Any input would be welcome; and, of course, if there's some other (uncommon) tool that you think is absolutely essential and will be used again and again, I'm open to suggestions. Thanks, everyone!

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