No More Bloody Knuckles

Six years ago I was working for a national housewares-store-that-shall-not-be-named.  I was the kitchenware department manager for about six months and one of the best things about working there was learning about new gadgets, machines, containers, cookware, cutlery and ingredients.  It was there that I discovered one of my favorite gadgets EVER.

Up until the day I discovered this nifty tool, I strictly avoided any recipe that called for zesting or shredding anything smaller than a brick of cheese.  My standard box grater was less than impressive when it came to grating anything fine and frankly, I was tired of bloodying my knuckles.  I always spent more time picking the zest out of the grater than making the cake, cookies or whatever recipe the masochistic baker had devised using zest.  Come to find out, the “inventor” of this nifty tool had experienced exactly the same frustration.  From the Microplane® website:

Microplane® tools’ tiny razor-like edges are formed by a totally different process called photo-etching in which holes are dissolved with a chemical, leaving edges that finely slice instead of tearing or shredding.

The big moment came in 1994, when Lorraine Lee, a 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 catalogue. The Microplane® grater had earned permanent space in the kitchen.

Microplane is a must have for grating/zesting of chocolate, hard cheese, citrus, coconut, ginger and garlic

Well, it’s had a permanent place in my kitchen for more than five years and I’ve never run from lemon zest again.  My family now regularly enjoys fresh citrus zest in a multitude of things I make – from roasted chicken to lemon meringue pie – all without having to hear me complain about shredded fingertips.

One comment on “No More Bloody Knuckles

  1. cousin courtney
    November 23, 2010 at 10:21 am #

    gramma RAVES about this wonderful gadget constantly! i’m hoping for one in my stocking 🙂

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