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microplane, i need a good one. please advise.

laliz Mar 4, 2014 08:21 AM

i'm tired of microplanes that don't do the job. What kind do you recommend?

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  1. davis_sq_pro RE: laliz Mar 4, 2014 08:28 AM

    Can you share some more information on what model you're using, what you're trying to use it for, and in which way it's not doing its job?

    Microplane is a brand name; are you actually buying that brand or have you purchased a knockoff? I own four or five different Microplane models (one or two very fine, one coarser, one optimized for citrus, a handheld one) and they all do an excellent job as far as I'm concerned...

    1. mcsheridan RE: laliz Mar 4, 2014 08:39 AM

      I know many models of various gauges, and with handles, have been introduced since the first Microplane hit the shelves. However, I still rely on the granddaddy of them all, the Microplane 40001 Stainless Steel Zester.

      I use it to shower pasta with clouds of fluffy cheese, grate fresh nutmeg over my oatmeal, and produce small mounds of citrus zest. Not sure which one(s) you're using or what's not working for you, but this one is all I need, and it's never let me down.

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        seamunky RE: laliz Mar 4, 2014 08:55 AM

        I recommend this one. I linked the "fine" but it also comes in medium, coarse, and extra coarse.


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          Enigma3 RE: laliz Mar 4, 2014 09:05 AM

          Give a look to the ones made by Jaccard.

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            laliz RE: laliz Mar 4, 2014 09:57 AM

            thank you very much. I used the term microplane to mean generic grater, zester. I will order from Amazon. Thanks again.

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              Sherri RE: laliz Mar 4, 2014 01:33 PM

              Microplane is a tool originally used by woodworkers. I stole my first one from my husband's workbench many years ago. I buy them at hardware stores (VS kitchen emporiums) since they are much less expensive.

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                mikie RE: laliz Mar 4, 2014 01:38 PM

                Yes, stick with the Microplane brand, they all work well at their designated task. They are USA made and the quality of the materials are first rate.

              2. arashall RE: laliz Mar 4, 2014 10:01 AM

                I've had the old Microplane "classic" grater/zester for many years. It's still in credibly sharp and I use it for everything from citrus rind to nutmeg. I'd go with the Microplane brand, and pick the shape you find most comfortable, and the size of grate you use most.

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                  kseiverd RE: laliz Mar 4, 2014 01:31 PM

                  Don't know the brand off hand, but mine has fine on one half and coarse (still fairly fine) on other. Only down side is it doen't have a handle. You end up holding on top of the grater part, but they're going in opposite direction, so doesn't snag skin/hands at all. Found a Giada D model for $.50 at a thrift store. It's kind of paddle shaped, about 3x5, and works just fine... I like the extra surface area.

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                    kimbers324 RE: laliz Mar 5, 2014 08:50 AM

                    I recently ordered two (fine and coarse) from Pampered Chef and the blade surfaces are by Microplane. (I'm not a PC consultant nor do I know anyone who is.) I really like it for these reasons: 1) it is very sharp ; 2) the surface area is wider than the 1 inch wide microplane zester I already had; 3) The surface is also completely flat on both sides, so the zests/grated bits don't get stuck; 4) it comes with a cover and food holder for safety; 5) it can be folded or extended in three positions: flat to zest over a bowl, in an upside-down V to zest with the microplane sitting on the counter, or completely folded to store in a drawer.

                    1. daislander RE: laliz Mar 5, 2014 09:55 AM

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