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Microplane®: success runs on the blade of a grater – Italian Cuisine


Galeotta was an orange cake! They tell those of Microplane® while they blow out the 25 candles of their birthday. Yes, because the success story of this company that from the carpentry workshops it has conquered kitchens all over the world, it seems to be born from a "case" linked to an orange cake … On the other hand it is so for many inventions and progresses of humanity and also many foods and drinks (even very valuable) were born by chance.

174001It was 1994 when one Canadian housewife who was preparing a cake of oranges lost patience. Her old kitchen grater was just disappointing her: the citrus skin didn't want to know how to behave properly against that pierced metal. He decided to try one of the husband's joinery tools: a rasp for wood Microplane®. The blade slipped without any effort and the orange zest fell lightly in the dough like snowflakes.

173983That rasp had a new type of blade which had been developed four years earlier by Richard and Jeff Grace, to work with wood. Until then, the tools produced by Microplane® were hidden in the toolboxes.

The secret of their effectiveness is a technique that is called photo-etching, a chemical process that creates durable, stainless and capable blades cut effortlessly foods of various consistencies without tearing or tearing them and thus avoiding the loss of aromas and flavors. Microplane® graters act like small razors: food is cut precisely and without being pounded they glide effortlessly over the surface of the grater without getting stuck to the inside of the blade.

173989That's why when these blades went from the carpentry to the kitchen world, combining functionality and design, the success was immediate. In this quarter of a century the brand has produced various successful series. There Elite Series, with the award-winning sophisticated, enlarged and rounded design, which looks like a "brush" but instead of teeth it has very sharp holes. It also has a sort of transparent plastic compartment that protects the blades and acts as a cover graduated container (up to 250 ml) which allows you to collect the grated cheese and at the same time check its quantity. There Gourmet Series brings a professional level in everyday cooking operations: extremely practical, it has 7 types of blades, from Fine to SpessaXL, from star to large flakes. There Master Series has a robust stainless steel structure in five different sizes.

And then of course remains Zester grater, a great classic now 'Cult'. The characteristic felongated footprint, reminiscent of carpentry tools from which the Zester derives, initially it was for sale without handle. Today, however, it is proposed with an ergonomic soft-touch handle, available in thirteen bright colors. 173992The Premium Zester (21.95 euro) is suitable for grating citrus peel, Parmesan and other hard cheeses, chocolate, ginger and even nutmegs.

Not only: even butter can be grated, it is sufficient to freeze it: in this way it will blend more easily with the other ingredients, making the preparation even more friable; with the same procedure you can even chop marzipan cakes or even Bananas. With the Zester grater it is possible to obtain a fine mince even from the stale bread or fresh and toasted in the oven, to use instead of flour (maybe together with dark chocolate and grated macaroons, for a simple bread cake). Even the more coriaceous (or wet) raw materials they won't have a chance, see for example cinnamon and ginger. Not for nothing appears in plain sight in the kitchens of many star chefs.

Aurora Quinto
May 2019

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Grater: can you use all the holes? – Italian Cuisine

Grater: can you use all the holes?

You say grater and the thought immediately runs to an abundant dusting of cheese which completes a steaming pasta dish. Correct, but this simple and functional tool also has the dowry of the versatility and is capable of reserving numerous surprises.

Which material should you choose?
Let's start with the materials: on the market there are graters of various shapes, sizes and prices. The most common, those in steel, they are also the most resistant; able with the right maintenance to last for decades.
Cheaper, but less precise in the work and more easily subject to breakages, those in plastic which can however be useful in travel situations or, for example, to involve children in the kitchen without fear.

The graters have a fascinating retro flavor porcelain or glass, which present themselves with the characteristic shape of a saucer with the part to be used for grating in relief. Precise and perfect, for example, for ginger, they are widely used by parents dealing with it weaning precisely because of its ability to easily reduce fruit in the finest pulp.

A grater, many uses
To combine practicality and reduced space in the kitchen, graters are very useful today Multifunction: small parallelepipeds that on each side have a different blade, to achieve types of cutting suitable for different foods.
The greatness of the holes – more or less large – determines the way in which foods are grated and consequently the type of recipe in which to use them.

Grater going, recipe you find
THE tiny holes are necessary for the nutmeg, to be added to creamy puree or wrapping bechamel home made; this type of grater is also perfect for making it zest of citrus fruits to be used to perfume the dough of cakes or to give a fresh touch to savory dishes such as roast or velvety vegetables. A grating of fine dark chocolate can be a refined finishing touch for desserts, but why not try it on the classic too tiramisu as an alternative to the classic cocoa?

The grater a larger holes it allows to obtain a rustic cut, like the one needed for the Apulian cacioricotta on the orecchiette or to prepare the potatoes for the Rosti, the typical pancakes of Northern European cuisine.

Modern graters can have, as we said, even less common blades: those with square holes allow you to easily and quickly make julienne vegetables more or less fine (depending on the size of the holes). The grater with one blade, similar to the mandolin, which allows to realize, without too many fears for the safety of our fingers, lamellae of vegetables (such as potato or carrot chips) and perfect cheeses to enrich decorating savory quiche, colorful salads or even to fill a delicious sandwich.

Space then to the imagination and the desire to be amazed by the many potentials of the grater!

Claudia Minnella
March 2019


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