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Do I need a rasp grater if I have a regular medium microplane?

kdlalib Feb 16, 2013 05:37 PM

I've been zesting lots of lemons lately and I've been using my regular medium microplane. Should I be using a microplane rasp grater instead so as to avoid the pith?

ETA: It's the Microplane Fine Grater I own. Do I need a rasp grater too to zest lemons or will the Microplane Fine grater work without removing the pith?

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    reiney Feb 16, 2013 10:15 PM

    The microplane fine grater will work without removing pith ...it's more a question of how fine you want the zest.

    I'd suggest that in 99% of the uses for zest, your current microplane would be fine (pardon the pun...). And in a rare circumstance that you did want it more fine, you could run a knife over the zest to break it up a bit more.

    That said I like the size & shape of the rasp better.

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    1. re: reiney
      kdlalib Feb 20, 2013 04:17 PM

      I might borrow a friend's rasp and see how it compares to my microplane. I seem to be very particular about the shape of cooking utensils, so a rasp might or might not be effective for me.

    2. Chemicalkinetics Feb 16, 2013 10:28 PM

      I think the Microplane Fine grater will work just fine. I don't think you will need a rasp grater.

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      1. re: Chemicalkinetics
        kdlalib Feb 20, 2013 04:16 PM

        Oh, good. I'm accumulating way too many kitchen tools for my tiny apartment kitchen to handle.

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        janniecooks Feb 17, 2013 12:16 AM

        The fine grater is the right grater for zest. Just make sure to draw the lemon across the greater only once per "spot". In other words, rotating the lemon after every stroke ensures that only the zest and none of the pith is removed.

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        1. re: janniecooks
          kdlalib Feb 20, 2013 04:16 PM

          Thank you! That makes sense.

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          ellabee Feb 18, 2013 11:21 AM

          There are a lot of different sizes and shapes of Microplanes, so this tip may not work for everyone. But for those who have the version of the fine grater shaped like a tube, with an open area on one side and the teeth on the other:

          It works beautifully if you use it as you would a bow playing the lemon like a violin, with repeated "staccato" notes: draw it across the skin, pick it up and start next to your previous stroke, and so on until you've accumulated the desired amount of zest in the trough above your "bow".

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          1. re: ellabee
            kdlalib Feb 20, 2013 04:15 PM

            Great tip! Thanks!

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