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Superb tool makes fine grating work easy
on 26 January 2010
This is an excellent tool for fine grating of chocolate, parmesan, cinnamon and many other items.
The blade is an array of razor-sharp cutting teeth (mind your fingers!) and it makes light work of grating even very hard items like nutmeg.
I also like it for zesting lemons and limes. You can take the brightly coloured zest off cleanly and quickly, leaving the bitter white pith on the fruit.
The handle is comfortable and the blade is mounted in a rigid steel frame.
Bear in mind this is a fine grater and Microplane make various other models in the range for coarser grating and shaving tasks (carrot, coconut, rock salt etc.)
By the way, if you are thinking of investing in a Microplane grater I strongly recommend one of the models, such as this one, from the "Gourmet" range rather than one from their slightly cheaper range with clear plastic frames. The blades on those are the same, but the plastic material used for the frames is just too fragile. I have owned one for over two years but it has cracked in several places (during normal use) and can only be used placed horizontally on a chopping board or other flat surface and is unusable for, for example, grating directly into a saucepan on the stove, or directly over a plate, because the frame has lost its rigidity.
Furthermore the Gourmet series grater has a flat, rubber-coated, non-slip foot which helps it stay in position on a chopping board or other flat surface. The clear plastic frame by comparison is slightly curved and has a tendency to skate about and slip.
Finally, the handle on the cheaper plastic models slides off and has a tendency to fill up with water during washing. The Gourmet series does not have slide-off handles so this problem doesn't arise.