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Five Star Happy!
on August 26, 2014
Although I just got this thing today, I already know that the two of us are destine to have a long and happy relationship.
You see...My husband loves cheese....and it seems that the more expensive the cheese, the more he loves it. He recently discovered a wonderful hard cheese that only costs $26.97 a pound. I also love cheese, but I don't love watching thirty dollars worth of cheese vanish in one weekend because the big guy can't cut thin slices.
Thin slices of cheese will warm to room temperature faster than thick chunks of cheese, and we have found that all cheeses simply taste better at room temperature and when it is sliced very very thin, yet accomplishing the thin slice is not an easy thing to do. Not even using a cheese slicer. When using a cheese slicing blade you do manage to get a nice thin sliver of cheese, but you also run the risk of severing an artery while carving your block of cheese into a perfect crescent shape, rendering it all but impossible to slice.
After unwrapping and washing my new Microplane Professional Series Large Shaver, I grabbed what's left of the block of gold, and gave it a try. While the slices are thin, they are not too thin, and I'm sure that with a bit of experimentation, I will be able to slice absolutely perfect cracker sized slices of any kind of cheese...well, maybe not Velveeta, but, cummon....
Now...to address the stuff that gets addressed in product reviews: First, It's easy to clean. The shape of this tool makes it very easy to wash, and if you feel the need to scrub, you can safely scrub from the back without worrying too much about losing any skin, and the sticky label that some have complained about...Peeling it slowly and then rubbing a bit of Goo Gone ( a product no home should be without) the little bit of residue came right off. A dab of vegatable oil on a paper towel would work as well, just not as well.
The truly important thing is the shape of this grater. As I get older, I find that more and more of my kitchen tools are getting harder and harder to use. The old box style shredder/grater of my youth is now an unpleasant memory. The shape and design of the Professional Series from Microplane is what sets it apart from any other grater. The long, perfectly balanced stainless steel handle is easy to hold on to, even with my weak, arthritic hands, and the rubberized foot at the bottom of this device holds the grater at a perfect height and angle for use and it helps to hold the thing steady and perfectly still on my cutting board, as opposed to sliding all over the place like my box grater did.
I can't say whether the Professional Series grater is any sharper than the Microplane Classic or the Home Series. I can tell you that while I do like the rubberized handle on my Microplane classic grater (the long skinny one) it's that "foot" on the bottom of the Professional Series that makes it so special. I have never used one of the Microplane Home Series graters, but simply by looking at the picture, and after using my Professional series grater, I can tell you to definitely go Pro!
While my main focus has been on cheese, I am anxious to try this tool with apples for salad, and chocolate as well. You are only limited by your own imagination.
It's easy to use and easy to clean and the handy, dandy plastic slip case makes it safe and easy to store...But...
Although I am FIVE STAR happy, can anybody tell me why the design engineers at Microplane decided to put one tiny hole in each of THREE corners? Do they not realize that things like that can drive people like me absolutely crazy? What are those holes for...and why are there only three of them? Anybody?