Product of the Month: Microplane Grater

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This product was pointed out to me by one of our readers as their favorite tool in the kitchen.  I actually do not own one – and now wish I did and probably will very soon.   I’ll explain why.

A microplane is a type of grater.  They are made of stainless steel and have “micro” fine holes for grating a variety of foods from Italian cheeses to lemon peels and whole nutmeg.

Some microplanes are designed for coarser grating, so not all of them are the same.

When you use it for cheese, the cheese will be extremely fine and delicate, meaning it will also melt quickly.   If serving a pasta meal, I would suggest letting everyone grate their own cheese, or have a bowl filled with the cheese so everyone can spoon out the amount they want.

In Cleveland, OH, there is a store called Gallucci’s.  My husband’s family goes their each week to get fresh Italian goodies.

Last year we went and now I’m a complete fan of their grated Romano cheese.  Why?  Because it is grated so fine, and I haven’t been able to find anything like it around where I live.

The best part of these graters – they are quite affordable ranging from $3.00 to $35.00.   Here is a  Microplane which is one of the favorites over at Amazon.  In fact, at the time of this post, it was considered the best selling and had over 300 reviews!

Microplaners can make excellent gifts because they can be used for a variety of cuisines – not just Italian.  That means anyone who cooks can use one.

So whether sprinkling cheese over your clams and linguine, salad, or other pasta recipes, or perhaps grating some lemon zest for a nice dressing – I’m sure you will find many uses for it in your kitchen!


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  1. Hi Liz,
    I was so thrilled to read that you had mentioned the microplaner on your website. You may remember that I suggested it. Yes it is marvellous for lemon zest too and I find it excellent and quick for grating parmesan cheese. Thank you Liz, love reading your website and recipes. Best wishes Ann in Victor Harbor, Australia

  2. Hi Ann,

    Thanks for your comment!

    Yes, in fact it was your comment that prompted me to showcase it this month. I really appreciate comments from readers – it helps with sharing ideas and to get those creative juices flowing!


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