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Continuing with some blog entries on tools, I figured I’d describe Microplane Graters next. These are invaluable in the Kitchen and make quick work of various grating tasks. Their heritage is actually from woodworking tools. The folks at Microplane developed a new process for making extra sharp woodworking rasps. People started using these as kitchen tools and Microplane took notice and developed a product line for use in the Kitchen. Microplane has a wide product line. In the picture above starting from the left are a fine grater, a medium ribbon grater, coarse grater from Microplane’s “Home” series. The last item is a spice grater form their so called “Classic” line which is most similar to their woodworking tools.


The feed chute for small pieces of food is on the coarse grater. It rides on the plastic side rails. The pusher fits inside the feed chute so you don’t need to use your fingers to push the food.

I started off with the spice grater which I used to grate cinnamon sticks & nutmeg. It is very sharp and quickly turns out a pile of very fine gratings. It is lightweight and easy to clean with a stainless steel blade. Using this grater and seeing how easily it made quick work of any task I threw it’s way, caused me to buy some other models.


The horseradish burgers recipe use the medium ribbon grater to grate the cheese and the fine grater for the horse radish.

The “Home” series consist of a larger stainless steel blade, with a clear plastic surround and a lightweight but durable plastic handle. The plastic surround serves as rails for a very handy accessory called simply the “Grater Attachment”. It is a feed chute that rides along in the rails and holds small items in the chute. There is a pusher which nests inside of the chute and pushed the food down into the chute. The idea here is to keep your fingers safe while grating small pieces. Make no mistake about it: The graters are sharp and would grate your digits just as easily as it would a piece of hard cheese. What makes these grater so sharp is the process used. Most graters are stamped, whereas these use a chemical etching process to turn out an extremely sharp blade.


The ribbon grater creates strands of cheese quickly and easily. When the piece you are grating is small use the feed chute. Your fingers will thank me-these graters are S-H-A-R-P !!

Microplane has charts which pair their graters to the tasks you might use them for. The so called ribbon graters make strands of grated food, where the regular ones turn out smaller chunks. They are so sharp they work with ease and produce large amounts of grated food in short order. My biggest uses are grating cheese, with the coarse grater or medium ribbon grater, grating ginger with the fine or coarse grater, and citrus zest with the fine grater. Sometimes such as with ginger the grater you use depends on the consistency you want. The fine grater turns out a fine grated ginger that is close to mince and the coarse grater turns out a dryer larger piece of ginger.


The fine grater almost minces the ginger (shown above), the coarse grater makes larger pieces with less liquid.

These graters are fairly easy to clean. You give them a soak in some warm water and use a sift brush to loosen any trapped food from the sharp side. Then you can put them right in the dishwasher. After 3-4 years of regular use my Microplane Graters seem as sharp as the day I bought them. there are also traditional box graters in their product line.

The first entry in my series on tools was my digital scale. This was more of a nice to have item, particularly if you are going to do a lot of baking. These Microplane Graters I consider essentials and everyone should have a couple in their Kitchen arsenal.


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