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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
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Microplane Classic Original Zester Grater
A versatile must-have tool for the kitchen
This tool is normally used to grate citrus for perfect lemon, lime, and orange zests or to create pillowy mounds of Parmesan cheese. However, it is also a great tool for grating spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, and even chilies into fresh ground powders. If your dish requires fresh grated ginger or garlic, this tool will do that job as well. Customers have let us know that they even use this tool to remove burnt edges from cookies and bread. What will you use it for?
Used and supported by chefs worldwide.
Microplane is the standard for sharp, efficient grating and zesting in both home and professional kitchens - just ask any chef if they use a Microplane! Dining out anywhere will usually lead to a Microplane sighting.
I love my Microplane!
Working for Microplane, everyone comes up to you and tells you a story about how much they love their Microplane! People say "It changed my life", "I'm such a better cook now - so much more confident" or "I lost weight because I use my Microplane to add flavor without adding fat - just by adding zest." Others say they use less cheese because the feathery grated results give the illusion of more.
Why is Sharper Better?
- Food is grated or zested without ripping or tearing which improves the look of the final dish
- Food is grated or zested without bruising which improves flavor and aroma
- Less pressure is required while grating - making the task faster and more efficient
What Makes a Microplane So Sharp?
Photo-etching and surgical grade stainless steel. Microplane began using this signature technology of photo-etching in the 1990's. Most of the competition to this day uses stamped or cut metal - because it is cheaper to produce. Photo-etching creates a much finer point, which means your Microplane digs in and performs better.
From the Woodshop to the Kitchen
The big moment came in 1994 when a Canadian homemaker picked up a new woodworking tool, in complete frustration over using a dull grater for the preparation of an orange cake recipe. Sliding the orange across the Microplane tool, she was amazed at how beautifully it worked, with total ease, speed and efficiency. At this point, Microplane crossed over from the woodshop to the kitchen and in a short period of time has earned a permanent place in the kitchen. Today, culinary professionals and savvy home cooks consider Microplane to be an essential kitchen tool for food preparation.
The made in USA blade will provide lasting results. Above is a photo showing many of the different items you can zest or grate with your Microplane. Next to each item is a pile of grated or zested foods so you can see what the results look like.
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40020 features: heavy-duty, ergonomic black handle. Surgical grade stainless steel blade. Dishwasher safe/hand wash 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.
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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Works well but not exactly what I want. Side edges are too sharp. This model does not have black plastic tips at the end so when I tried to shake the zest off, the sharp ends hit my counter top so hard that they might have made some dents or scratches on the surface of my counter and that really upset me.
My daughters have zesters from the same company, but theirs have black plastic tips at the end that kind of "cushion" the hit on the counter top when I shake off the zest. If you plan to buy one, make sure you choose the model that has black plastic tips at the end to protect your counter top.
These last for years, I've never seen them bent unless someone tried to do so, and they are always very even in their grating.
One note: don't use this for any cheese unless its very cold and you want it to become string-thin. If at all warm, the cheese will basically reclump since it has been grated so fine and had so much friction applied to it from the fine microplane.
I've now had my microplane for a year and a half, and the blade is just as sharp as when I first received it. Really--it is incredibly well made. The handle has also not given out at all but is still firmly attached to the blade and has excellent grip. I use it 5 times a week on average I would say. The only thing that gave out was the plastic cover. A few days I found a crack on one side which quickly ran down the entirety of it, splitting it in two. I only ever handwash the grater and cover, so I was a little disappointed that it broke. But I called microplane customer service (very short hold time, very nice representatives) and with no questions asked had a replacement sent out free of any charge within minutes. I didn't expect any less from microplane, but great to know that they take care of their customers :)
My one minor gripe with this zester that has come out over the past 18 months of use: the end doesn't have any kind of rubber cap, so if you use the microplane by leaning the end against a cutting board and holding it at a 35 or 45 degree angle to it, it wont slip (the two end corners are so sharp that they hold onto the wood), but it does etch little cuts/grooves into the board that are deeper than I like. Of course cutting boards are meant for being used and not artworks, but still--I don't want them to get roughed up from grating of all things. This is really a minor problem, and if you grate by pressing the grater horizontally above whatever bowl you're grating into, you won't have this problem (though in that case it can slip back and forth if it is a metal or glass bowl, and if its plastic or wood you may experience the same cutting into the material from the edges that I described from the end.) All in all, this brings my experience of the microplane down to 4.8 stars--something like that does not change how delightfully effective the blade is, and how easy it is to clean (always be hand!).
"Looped" teeth, I think that's the way to describe it, takes a bite out of anything that rakes across it (including fingers and knuckles).
The shape is perfect for fresh nutmeg, ginger, garlic, parmesan cheese, lemons or limes. I does better with the dryer ingredients though, because the moister ones will stick to the back somewhat.
The length is long enough to fit into or over bowl edges. Cleaning is easy with a rinse sprayer.
Exercise caution when using and have fun!