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The Many Uses of the Microplane


There are some tools and gadgets that I enjoy having and using in the kitchen. After living without one for so many years, I’m trying to remember why I thought that was a good idea. The fact is that they’re just better at some things, like zest. I won’t even begin to describe what I did to procure citrus zest in my former days as a microplane-less cook. Let’s just say it wasn’t pretty or often ended in skin scraped from my knuckles.

Microplanes come in various sizes, and the different sizes can be useful for different things, but really, my favorite by far is the standard zester/grater microplane variety that can perform the majority of tasks you’d use a microplane for. No need to clutter your drawers too much, but this one tool can make adding orange zest to the very last bit of gingerbread pancake mix on a breezy spring night worth writing about.

A few other microplane uses:

::Citrus Zest
::Chocolate Shavings
::Grated Garlic, Coconut and Ginger
::Vegetable Ribbons
::Grated Parmesan and Other Hard Cheeses
::Grating Nutmeg and Other Spices

In short, owning a microplane, going without and then rediscovering my love for owning one left me with the sound belief in just having one around. The world of flavor possibilities is instantly increased just because of the ease at which you can expand a simple bowl of pasta and sauce, but when you absolutely need to have 2 tablespoons of lemon zest for your grandma’s signature Christmas cookies, well, it’s two tablespoons that comes easily with a smile of nostalgia rather than a twinge of pain as your knuckles hit the box grater with its too large grates once again.

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