Fly in the Kitchen at Home or at Work With Microplane Products
By: Sonny LoSpecchio
The Birth of a Pioneer
Microplane has some of the most trusted and well made products on the market today. How Microplane achieved this is truly a unique story. “A Canadian housewife commandeers one of her husband’s favorite woodworking tools and discovers it effortlessly produces the lightest, most wonderful orange zest she could have ever imagined.
It’s 1994, her Armenian Orange cake is a huge success and her husband’s Microplane® rasp has morphed into a must-have kitchen grater. With just a few modifications, and a slight change in our marketing plan, an entire new product line of graters for home cooks and professional chefs was introduced. The response was extraordinary. Since that time, Microplane graters have distinguished themselves from other graters by using that signature chemical process to create ultra sharp cutting edges.
Unlike stamped graters, they effortlessly cut through hard and soft foods without tearing or shredding.”1 Microplane has made a commitment for the last nineteen years to make high quality products for both commercial as well as domestic uses.
A GRATE Line of Products
Microplane offers an extremely diverse line of products. These products include box graters, coarse graters, extra coarse graters, fine graters, rotary graters, shavers, cheese planes, peelers, pizza cutters, mills, gloves, multi graters, grating attachments, ultra coarse graters, shavers, spice graters, garnishing tools, zesters, and zester/graters.
Vendors such as Elite Restaurant Equipment carry many of these aforementioned products. Microplane offers these items in a variety of beautiful colors so there is truly something for everybody. The Microplane products Elite offers includes extra coarse graters, premium herb mills, classic zester/cheese graters, cheese plane graters, premium classic fine zester/cheese graters, ultra coarse zester/cheese graters, fine cheese citrus grater/zesters, rotary graters and a four sided box multi grater.
These graters from Microplane are great for everyday kitchen use. These graters come standard with a premium soft-touch handle and non-scratch end tabs grates which easily grates even the hardest Parmesan Reggiano as well as other hard cheeses into extra coarse lacy wisps. This kind of grated cheese is ideal for topping your favorite spaghetti and meatballs or a Caesar salad. It’s also wonderful for effortless citrus zesting to add natural flavors to a lemon crème brulee or a basic vinaigrette. As aforementioned Microplane products come in a variety of different handle colors. The Microplane classic extra coarse grater comes in yellow, red, and black. The dimensions of these units are 12’’ in length, 1.31’’ in width, and 1’’ in depth. Microplane’s classic zester/cheese grater is available in a 12’’ length.
Premium herb mills are available from Microplane in a regular or stainless steel finish. The dimensions of the mills are length 7’’ and width 3’’. Stainless steel finish is more durable and resistant to everyday wear and tear. Fine cheese graters/citrus zesters are one of the most popular products that Microplane offers. The handles of these units come in a variety of colors. The colors that Microplane offers these units in are black, red, turquoise, eggplant, green, fuchsia pink, and yellow. Cheese plane grater slicer zester medium ribbon is available in standard dimensions of length 9.75’’ width 3.25’’ and height 1’’.
Premium classic fine zester/cheese graters are also available from Microplane. The dimensions of these units are 12’’ in length 3’’ in width and 1’’ in depth. Ultra coarse zester/cheese graters are also available. The dimensions of these units are 12’’ in length 3’’ in width and 1’’ in depth. Microplane also offers one of the best rotary graters on the market today.
The advantage of a rotary grater is that it could produce cheese in both coarse and fine sizes. The length of this grater is 5’’ width 5’’ and diameter 2.5’’. Finally Microplane even offers a four sided box multi grater. This unique grater offers an ultra coarse, grating blades, a fine zester, and a medium ribbon grater. The dimensions of this unit are height 10.25’’ width 5.13’’ and depth 3.13’’.
Uses for Commercial and Home Kitchens
Microplane products can have a variety of uses. These units are so durable that they can be used in any commercial environment. These units are also so easy to use that they can be easily used in a home kitchen. Zesters can be used in a variety of ways. Zesters work by releasing tiny bursts of concentrated flavor from the desired item.
These items can include citrus fruits such as lemons, limes, and oranges, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, and chocolate. Microplane graters come standard with a premium soft-touch handle and non-scratch end tabs grates which easily grates even the hardest of chesses into easy to sprinkle shredded cheese. Grated cheese can be used for topping your favorite meatballs, on top of a Caesar salad, as a compliment to any pasta dish, eggs, and can be used to cook in a variety of other dishes such as baked ziti and lasagna.
The cheese plane slicer is an amazing addition to any kitchen. This unique item contains a zester, grater, and slicer all in one convenient product. This cheese slicer is ideal for commercial use as well as to compliment a wine and cheese party in the home. This Microplane premium herb mill is great for everyday kitchen use in either a commercial or residential setting.
Prepping herbs by hand with a knife can be a tedious and difficult task. Microplane’s easy to use herb mill cuts fresh herbs like parsley, dill, cilantro, sage and mint with hundreds of tiny scissors without bruising or blemishing. This item is also dishwasher safe.
Putting it Together
Microplane truly has been the innovator in the kitchen tool business. Known for their zester and graters they also have a line of herb mills that will surely not disappoint. Before purchasing the appropriate unit there are several things one should think about. First what kind of product are you looking to purchase. Microplane has zesters, graters, graters/zester combos, and herb mills.
After determining which equipment is appropriate for you the next decision is what length of the grated cheese do you need. Graters can come in coarse, extra coarse, ultra coarse, and fine. Each cheese grater shreds the cheese to a different consistency. Microplane continues to be a major player in both the home and the workplace. With is continued devotion to high quality materials and products there is no wonder why they have expanded into the personal care products market.