Microplane, yay or nay? And (warning: pun ahead) grate uses?
January 20, 2013 12:43 AM Subscribe
Should I buy a Microplane? I'm hesitating because $$ (looking at this one
), and a small kitchen means I try to keep gadgets strictly to a minimum. Is it worth it, and what are the things you use your Microplane for?
posted by taz to Food & Drink (46 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
The situation is: we cook most meals at home from scratch; I'm cutting out salt so trying a lot of other ingredients for adding a bit of extra flavor, and feel like lemon zest (we already use squeezes of lemon on very many things) might be a good addition for many dishes. We use a lot of garlic, which we just usually chop; ditto ginger.
(Also, I spent a very frustrating half-hour the other day zesting a lemon for a particular recipe with my execrable small grater and a toothpick to dig out the 90% of the zest that remained in its teenyweeny holes and channels. ack.)
I would actually like to be convinced that I need one, but it feels a bit extravagant. Is it worth it, and if so, what are some great things you can do with your Microplane? Are they hard to clean? Do toothpicks ever come into play?