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Are all microplanes the same?

snax Jul 26, 2009 03:56 AM

I’ve read on here that some people think that their microplane is one of the best gadgets they have in the kitchen and that some people own several. I’ve only ever used a box grater mostly just for cheese and carrots but grating ginger on it is driving me wild. I find that the grater clogs up and as a result after I’ve finished grating I have to use a knife to scrape away everything between the holes and use that in my cooking. So I end up with all the woody fibres in my food. Is there a microplane that is ideal for doing this job? Other items I find hard to zest/grate are lemon and limes, and nutmeg. Is there a one size fits all microplane or do they all have a different pourpose?

Some insight into shapes, sizes, materials, brands etc would be very helpful.

Cheers :-)

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  1. Sam Fujisaka RE: snax Jul 26, 2009 04:49 AM

    You need a Japanese ginger grater (couple of bucks). There are no holes and all the grated ginger and the juice collect in a litttle collector at the bottom of the grater.

    1. tanuki soup RE: snax Jul 26, 2009 05:27 AM

      I use this kind...

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        knet RE: snax Jul 26, 2009 05:57 PM

        I have two microplanes which fit all of my needs. The Microplane classic series spice grater ( nutmeg) and the classic series zester grater ( parmigiano, lemon zest, etc).

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          bigfellow RE: snax Jul 28, 2009 11:25 AM

          My favorite from Lee Valley Tools


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            anniemax RE: snax Jul 29, 2009 04:32 PM

            I have a Cuisipro dual grater/microplane. I like because the grating surface is only on the top side, not on the folded edges, like the Microplane ones. For small things, like nutmeg & ginger, I find my fingers do hit the folded edges...not something I'd want to do if the grating surface extended to them.

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              meatn3 RE: anniemax Jul 30, 2009 10:29 PM

              I think I have the same one:


              I love it, and in a kitchen with very little storage space it is nice having a 2 in 1 item.

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              snax RE: snax Jul 31, 2009 03:37 PM

              I am looking at the following two types of microplanes:

              Microplane Premium Zester Grater

              Cuisipro Accutec Fine Rasp Grater

              Can anyone give me some insight into which one they would recommend. I like the idea that the Microplane Premium Zester Grater has a flat end making it sit on the bench instead of rocking around. But apart from that I'm unsure.

              Thanks for any help

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                Stephanie Wong RE: snax Jul 31, 2009 03:55 PM

                I have the Microplane. Its handle is removable for washing (sometimes gunk collects between the grip and the blade) plus it can be placed on either end of the grater blade (enabling grating on either the push or pull stroke).

                If I'm grating something small (limes, nutmeg), I hold the item still and move the Microplane to "shave/peel" the surface. Haven't nick myself yet during the many years of use (knock on wood).

                And yes, the flat end is very handy for bracing when grating large quanties of parm.

              2. al b. darned RE: snax Jul 31, 2009 07:59 PM

                For nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon I use a Microplane 34001 Black Grate and Shake.

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