The Basics: Microplane Grater

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The Technique

Microplane Grater

Originally developed for woodworking, the sharp, tiny blades of a microplane grater make numerous preparation tasks simple. It allows the opportunity to capture citrus zest from lemons, limes & oranges that may be used for tempting items such as danish & coffee cake to savory favorites including salad dressings & dips. Hard cheeses including Parmesan & Asiago may be finely grated using the tool for incredible melting capacities in delicious main dish pasta & appetizer recipes too. Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo, Classic Spinach-Artichoke Dip & Whole Wheat Pull Apart Pepperoni Pizza Bread all benefit from this valuable tool. Learn how to use a microplane grater to collect fresh citrus zest that may be added to desserts, side dishes & so much more.

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How To Zest Fresh Citrus

Microplane graters are available in many classic & sleek styles. They retail just under $15 & make prep work super quick in the kitchen. Once the zesting task has been completed, turn the tool over. Many times, the food will attach to the bottom portion. Simply scrape it clean & measure the amount necessary for recipes.

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Hold the microplane grater over a cutting board, allowing the tip to rest over the surface at an angle. Swipe just the outer portion of the citrus over the tool towards the board. Turn the fruit after each swipe. You only want to collect zest with color & not the white, bitter pith just underneath the surface. Repeat the process until you have collected the amount needed for the recipe. Execute this process before juicing the fruit in order to make the best use of your purchase. The zest can be grated over plastic wrap & stored briefly if you’d like to use it later as a garnish. Cover tightly & refrigerate up to a day ahead of time. Sprinkle over main dishes, sides & desserts just before serving. A wooden pick makes separating & dispersing the zest a cinch. 

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