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Microplane 40020 Classic Zester/Grater
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- Designed to extract the best flavor from your food
- High-quality 18/8 stainless steel with grating edges that stay razor sharp
- Excellent for hard cheeses, onions, citrus fruits, ginger and more
- Blade measures 8-1/2-Inch long; ergonomic black plastic handle
- Dishwasher safe; hand wash cover
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40020 Features: -Heavy-duty, ergonomic black handle. -Surgical grade stainless steel blade. -Dishwasher safe/handwash cover. -Made in the USA. -Use to zest citrus, grate hard cheeses and ginger. Product Type: -Grater and zester. Finish: -Stainless Steel/Black. Base Material: -Stainless steel. Handle Material: -Plastic. Operation: -Manual. Food Compatibility: -Fruit/Cheese. Item Type: -Handheld. Soft Grip Handle: -Yes. Dishwasher Safe: -Yes. Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: -12". Overall Width - Side to Side: -1.3125". Overall Depth - Front to Back: -1". Overall Product Weight: -0.24 lbs.
For fluffy, evenly sized cheese shreds, this is the perfect grater. Its design is based on that of a rasp, the small and efficient woodworking tool. The cutters are especially sharp, which guarantees easy grating. But this also means you'll need to exercise extra caution--no one likes grated knuckles. The large handle allows for a firm grip, and the completely flat grating surface makes it easy to move the cheese across the blades. Carrots, onions, and medium to firm cheeses all worked beautifully with this grater. It's also an excellent choice for larger strips of citrus zest or ginger. --Jill Lightner
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Top Customer Reviews
I've also started using it for grating parmesan. Definately takes Ceaser salads and pasta up a notch. I'm purchasing several more as gifts for my friends. Would make an incredible (and cheap) holiday/birthday gift for anyone, even the casual cook. Please note that the size of the grated zest or cheese is very fine and not ideal as a garnish. Parmesan or Romano grated with this tool melts quickly into the pasta, and doesn't lend much to the presentation. Tastes great, but hard to see. If you're looking for a garnishing tool, this is not it.
For hard cheeses such as parmesan, you'll get a nice, light fluffy pile of cheese as opposed to the grittier result from a traditional box grater. This is because the Microplane actually produces tiny, thin strips as opposed to hard little granules. Your cheese will melt faster and will actually look somewhat elegant perched in a snowy mound atop a bowl of pasta.
Hard spices such as nutmeg grate quickly and easily, and it's a snap to run the Microplane over an orange or lemon for just the right amount of zest and no pith (unless you press to hard or work the same spot too long). With wetter foods like zest, you will have to slide the resulting product from the backside of the plane as it does tend to stick, but this only takes a quick flick of your finger. Chocolate will need to be quite cold so that it's hard enough to grate without melting or slipping.
Finally, the Microplane is extremely easy to use because you can grate right into the pot or onto a plate. It's long enough to rest on the lip of most bowls, and it's elegant enough to bring to the table. In fact, we recently had a dinner party and we passed around this tool so that our guests could grate just the right amount of bittersweet chocolate into their black-bean chili.
Cleaning can be a bit tricky with this tool, since its sharp holes will catch on a towel when you try to dry it. Personally, I find that a few hard taps dislodge any gunk and I seldom need to actually wash it. But if you do get it wet, be sure to dry it thoroughly as you would with any fine kitchen knife. If you wipe toward the handle, it shouldn't be a problem.
This grater is made of the very best material and extremely sharp! I can see owning this tool for many years because of its quality. I am very pleased with my purchase and encourage others to buy one.
The grater came with the manufacturers "slip cover" over it and I decided to keep it on the grater when not in use for two reasons:
1. The grating surface is very sharp. It would be easy to cut yourself pulling this out of the drawer. Ouch!
2. I want to preserve the grating surface's blades for as long as possible because this is now one of my favorite tools.
I uploaded a photo of the blade showing rust beneath the handle, even when I handwash/dry. The company informed me that this is made with medical-grade steel and shouldn't rust, but were kind enough to replace mine without hassle which is definitely a plus in dealing with their customer service.