Microplane Graters

From the Woodshop to the Kitchen:  
The Microplane@ Grater Story 

It started out in 1990, merely as a new type of woodworking tool with hundreds of tiny stainless steel razors designed to shape or to file wood.

The big moment came in 1994, when Lorraine Lee; homemaker in Ottawa Canada, was making an Armenian orange cake. Out of frustration with her old grater, she picked up a new tool her husband, Leonard, had brought home from their hardware store, Lee Valley Tools. She slid the orange across its blades and was amazed. Lacy shards of zest fell from its surface like snowflakes. The Lees marveled at the tool, ate the cake, then promptly changed the product description in their catalog. The Microplane@ grater had earned permanent space in the kitchen.

No matter the shape: box, flat, or rotary, the graters currently sold in shops around the world have been made the same for . hundreds of years. The cutting edges are formed by punching holes into flat or curved stainless steel or tin. Grating anything finer than cheddar cheese is a real chore.

Microplane@ graters' tiny razor-like edges are formed by a totally different process called photo-etching in whlt;h holes are dissolved with a chemical, leaving edges that finely slice the food (or wood!) instead of tearing or shredding.

35001 MicroplaneŽ
Coarse Grater

Grating Surface: 4 7/8" x 2" Comes with comfortable plastic handle and attractive clear frame.
Recommended for: hard cheeses and chocolates.

35002 MicroplaneŽ
Fine Grater

Grating Surface: 4 7/8" x 2" Comes with comfortable plastic handle and attractive clear frame.
Recommended for: pureeing garlic. onion and ginger.

30001S MicroplaneŽ
Stainless Steel Zester

Grating Surface: 12" x 1 5/16" May be hand held or set across the top of a bowl.
Recommended for: garlic, citrus rinds, and other zesting purposes.

30020S MicroplaneŽ
Grater / Zester with handle

Grating Surface: 8" x 1" Comes with ergonomic handle and raised edges for easy measurement.
Recommended for: hard cheeses, onions. peppers, and other vegetables.

30016S MicroplaneŽ 
Spice Grater

Grating Surface: 4 7/8" x 7/16' Comes with ergonomic handle and curved shaving surface.
Recommended for: nutmeg and other fresh spices.

The Best Zester Ever!
(Microplane 300015, a woodworking tool 
in the kitchen)

If you are right-handed, hold the lemon (citrus) in your left hand with a side up as if it were the neck
of a violin.

Take the Microplane in your right hand and make sure the sharp edges of the cutter are aimed away from you toward the lemon.

Now, stroke the MicroplaneŽ across the lemon as if you were playing the violin. The zest collects in the upper channel. Voila! Incredible fine shavings of zest-no more grated knuckles! (Also good for tine, feathery grating of hard cheese, nutmeg, or small quantities of "Pureed" garlic or onion)

- Shirley Corriher

It's All About Flavor

Stainless steel, razor-sharp MicroplaneŽ graters shave your fresh ingredients instead of ripping and shredding them. This results in finely shaved ingredients that maximize flavor.

The exclusive patented MicroplaneŽ process ensures that our graters stay razor-sharp. They slice through such tough ingredients like fresh citrus rinds, garlic, nutmeg, and parmesan with ease every time.
  • Stainless Steel
  • Razor-sharp cutters
  • Large surface area
  • Easy to use
  • Easy to clean
  • Dishwasher Safe 
"Very sharp teeth and solid handle make this a breeze 
to hold and use. "
- Cooks Illustrated

"A Gift for the Cook or the Carpenter!"
-Amanda Hesser, The New York Times

"I just zested half an orange perfectly, no white pith, in about half a minute!"
- Deja News.

"The stuff we grate comes out beautifully fine and fluffy!"
- King Arthur Flour

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