You Need a Microplane In Your Kitchen ASAP. Here’s Why.

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Microplane graters can shred, grate and shave foods with ease—but that’s not the only reason why you should snag this multi-purpose tool.

While there are thousands of kitchen gadgets in the world, the Microplane grater is one of the few that have stopped us in our tracks. The gadget has completely changed the way we cook.

For those who haven’t used one, a Microplane ($13) is a long, wandlike rasp grater with super-sharp, fine-toothed blades that zest lemons and grate cinnamon trouble-free. Pro chefs know that the burst of flavor you get from such finely grated, fresh ingredients instantly upgrades your dish.

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Why You Need a Microplane:

It’s Versatile

While Microplanes are typically known for zesting citrus, these graters aren’t a one-purpose tool. Here are a few genius Microplane tricks:

  • Add restaurant-style garnish: Just before serving, add zip to beef stir fry with freshly grated ginger or add a dash of nutmeg the old-fashioned way to your pumpkin pie by grating whole nutmeg. You’ll be shocked by how much flavor this can add to your dish.
  • Add a little spice: Want to add a little kick to taco night but afraid of too much spice? Microplanes are a whizz at shredding the perfect amount of spicy foods, like jalapeno pepper, in moderation.
  • Make healthier choices: “When I’m watching calories, I will use a Microplane to grate a little cheddar or Swiss cheese on an egg white omelet. That way I still get a rich cheese flavor that’s lighter on the calories,” says Catherine Ward, Taste of Home’s Prep Kitchen Manager.
  • Fix burnt foods: Accidentally kept your cookies in the oven for just a *tad* bit too long? The Microplane can fix charred food in a snap. Gently gliding the burnt food over the grater to remove the blackened edges.

Find more unique ways to use a Microplane.

It’s Built to Last

Microplanes never snag or tear your food. This is because the tool was originally designed for woodworkers to smooth their material. As you can imagine, its razor-sharp edges shred, shave and zest food foods with the toughest consistencies, like ginger or potatoes, with ease.

The tool is built using a unique photo-etching technique that creates a more precise, sharper grating edge in comparison to most traditional box graters that are typically stamped or cut.

Its streamlined construction makes it easier to maneuver than traditional box graters. There’s even a rubber handle that helps you keep your grip while grating tricky, awkward items like onions and butter that tend to slip and slide. What’s more, the tool’s thin and long shape that takes up less cabinet space and won’t get stuck in your drawer.

It’s So Easy To Clean

Compared to a box grater, clean-up is a breeze. For starters, the Microplane’s fine grating edge makes it simple to wipe off anything left behind, so there’s less chance of finicky pieces stuck inside. And while they are dishwasher-safe, a quick scrub with a rough sponge or kitchen brush cleans all of its nooks and crannies.

Want to put your Microplane skills to the test? Try grating with one of these yummy parmesan cheese recipes. 

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Christina Herbst
Christina is an Assistant Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in content creation and SEO optimization. She enjoys trying out local foodie restaurants and coffeehouses and adding copious amounts of garlic and cheese to any recipe she can get her hands on.