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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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From the manufacturer
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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The heavy-duty Microplane Classic Series zester/graters feature the company’s iconic long and narrow, rasp-style design. This design originated in the woodshop and is expertly crafted with surgical grade stainless steel blades. The blades have razor-sharp edges that effortlessly cut through hard and soft foods without tearing and shredding. Dishwasher Safe. Made in the USA. Ergonomic handle. Use to zest citrus, grate hard cheeses and ginger.
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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The cutters on this puppy are super sharp, and for that reason, it comes with a guard in which to store it in your gadget drawer to protect fingers from cuts. Clean up is a breeze if you keep an old, sanitized toothbrush by your sink.
I had a quarter of a lemon that I used for juice, and thought as I too often do, "Darn! I wish I had zested that lemon first before I cut it." Not wanting to let it go to waste, however, I took the zester to that puny, squeezed quarter. The microplane worked like magic! Try doing THAT with your box grater. I was able to retrieve the zest in a ziplock baggie, which I stored in the fridge for later use. Don't know what I've done for the last 50 years of cooking without this gadget. I've wasted a lot of time and incurred skinned knuckles, that's what.
OMG this is so much WORSE.
I bought this for the express purpose of zesting citrus. It works, but I ended up with slivers of citrus zest that are huge. I didn't, but should have put them through the Cuisinart, but aside from the fact I didn't want to deal with the clean-up, the need to run them through the food processor not only seemed counter-intuitive, but wrong-- there shouldn't be a need to process the zest after grating.
The second problem I had with this is that it's too long. A lemon or orange, is only so big. I don't understand the purpose of the length, particularly since you can only grate a few inches after which you need to stop and rotate the fruit. The times I ran the fruit to the end (which is really easy to do, meaning I was getting a lot of pith) it became difficult to hold and threw it off-balance. To counter-act this, I tightened my grip, but that was hardly comfortable and still grating towards the end felt like I was trying to wrestle with an errent magic wand. Despite my best efforts, there were a few times I actually knocked it out of my hand.
The third problem I had with this is that it's too narrow. Because the microplane is only about 1" wide, I had to keep rotating my lemon, shifting hand position and readjusting the grip. If it was wider, I could have zested more comfortably and faster -- with less strokes, less turns and less damage to the fruit.
I know I'm sounding like a baby, but, this was hard to handle. Instead of finding a piece of equipment that makes prep-work easier, this didn't at all and I dread the prospect using it again.
Microplane makes a professional model that's wider, shorter and finer and has a handle. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will be The One!