LOS ANGELES, CA — The new Microplane Elite series includes five individual handheld graters with a new look. The new design offers a sleek and rounded head with a rubber no-slip grip and a plastic shield to: catch and measure your shavings as well as protect you from the sharp grooves while you are not using the graters.
The Microplane Elite series comes in the following five configurations: “fine” for zest, “star” for firmer cheeses such as parmesan, “ribbon” for chocolate, “coarse” for soft cheeses and “extra course” for very soft cheeses. Microplane graters can even be used to grate raw vegetables and fruits.
Recently grated with a Microplane tool:
- Parmesan Cheese: star and fine Microplane
- White Cheddar: coarse and extra coarse Microplane
- Lemons: fine Microplane
- Milk Chocolate: ribbon Microplane
Step 1: Place the plastic catch in back of the grater.
Step 2: Place the ingredient you wish to grate on the grater.
Step 3: Move the ingredient up and down along the teeth.
Step 4: Lightly tap the Microplane to loosen all of the grated shreds.
Step 5:Remove the plastic backing to free the shreds.
While you may be familiar and partial to the original Microplane, which is straight and thin with unprotected sides, these new Microplanes graters offer benefits of traditional graters. The sizings, the protected edges and large handles make grating easier and preserve the professional performance quality of the original Microplane.
Everything grated came out just as planned. The chocolate grater was the most fun to use (the instrument is efficient for both block-sized and candy bar sized pieces.)
Another perk is the plastic catch in the back. It is possible to place the whole Microplane with cheese inside of it in the refrigerator and after 10 minutes remove it. The cheese hardens and allows for easy removal and clean up.
If you’re interested in purchasing one, start your series with the “fine“ grater. Graters in general are very common tools in the kitchen, but most graters don’t offer the fine zesting capabilities (removing the zest without the pith) that the “fine” Microplane offers.
First, the plastic catch in the back on all of the Microplanes brings more control, less mess and a sense of quantity.
Second, the shape and rubber edge allows the Microplane to be used safely by all cooks, from novices to professionals.
Third, the rubber edge makes the Microplane stay in place, whether it is used over a bowl, pot or on a cutting board.
Fourth, the wider body makes it easier to grate an entire side of an ingredient at once. (The original Microplane does not.)
Fifth, the catch doubles as a guard to protect you from cutting yourself when you’re not using it.
The only con is the size. If you buy all of them they can be bulky to store.
Overall Rating: 1 cup out of 1 cup. These are fun, easy to use and make a great gift for a new cook, even for someone who already owns the original Microplane.
Purchasing Info: The Microplanes that are part of the Elite set can be purchased on the Microplane website. The retail price is $16.95 for each Elite grater.
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