Microplane Kitchen News
February 01, 2019
Why you need it: Easier garlic prep
Forget mincing sticky cloves: Grate your garlic. The Microplane grater is a winner for that option alone, but it’s handy for ginger, chiles, hard spices (like nutmeg and cinnamon), cheeses and chocolate as well. You can also perfectly zest your citrus while leaving bitter pith behind. It’s fast to use and easy to clean.
December 19, 2018
Unlike traditional stamped-style models, the blades for this grater are etched into the metal using a chemical process that creates super-sharp edges. That allowed this grater to perform above-average on all four sides. The fine holes resulted in beautifully zested lemons and a pile of airy, fluffy Parmesan, whereas the coarse holes gave us long strands of mozzarella and potato shreds that made the best latkes in the group.
It wasn't just about performance, either. It was the small features that made this model go above and beyond. The fine blade panel is removable for ease of cleaning, and the wide design makes the rest of this dishwasher-safe grater simple to clean, too. The feet stayed out of the way of shreds, allowing the contents to happily pile up underneath the grater without clogging up the mechanisms. As an added bonus, all the blades are made in the U.S.A. Put that all together, and this grater was a shoo-in for our choice of best overall.
November 30, 2018
Must-Have Kitchen Tools [For A Minimalist Kitchen!]
You don't need a lot of equipment and gadgets to be an excellent cook. Whether you're stocking your first kitchen or simply upgrading, here are our picks for an efficient, clutter-free kitchen.
Citrus Zester, Glass Mixing Bowls, Good Knives, Sheet Pans, Boos Cutting Board, Tongs, Dutch Oven, Fish Spatula, Stainless Steel Skillet and Saucepan, Cast-Iron Skillet, Wooden Spoons
November 29, 2018
I'm a practical-type guy and like giving practical-type gifts, where the beauty lies in their inherent functionality. I might not be giving you the prettiest pepper mill or hand blender or wooden spoon in the world, but you can bet your butt that it's gonna do its job and it's gonna do it well (that job being getting delicious food on the table, of course!).
— J. Kenji López-Alt, Chief Culinary Consultant
October 30, 2018
(NEW YORK) — Carla Hall is out with a brand new cookbook and to celebrate she prepared three fast fall fixes that anyone can easily whip up at home.
The chef and “GMA Day” food contributor takes favorite seasonal ingredients, like butternut squash and fresh herbs, and prepares them without any fuss, all in under 30 minutes.
“Carla Hall’s Soul Food Everyday and Celebration” is filled with quick and delicious recipes, like the ones below, made with her specialty ingredient, love.
Get the full recipes for her quick autumn dishes
October 26, 2018
Her Favorite Tools
The famous kitchen in Garten’s “barn” has everything you’d expect—top-quality appliances, ample counter space and tons of photo-ready natural light. But Garten isn’t a gadget junkie. “I have probably less equipment than people think I have,” she says. “I don’t use specific things—like I don’t have a pasta machine. Things gotta earn their keep.” Here are a few of her must-haves:
•Microplane Classic Series Zester “I love a rasp,” says Garten of this popular woodworking-inspired kitchen tool. “Whenever I use any kind of citrus, I almost always use the zest because it has more flavor than the juice.”
September 28, 2018
This waffle recipe is as simple as folding wet into dry with Parmesan cheese mixed in, but to ensure that the exterior is tender and crisp, use a Microplane to grate the cheese. It's a lot — 1 1/2 cups by volume — but don't skimp by trying to use pre-grated Parm like I did the first attempt. You'll end up with spotty, uneven waffles instead of shatteringly crisp ones.
September 25, 2018
Hold your Microplane in your dominant hand away from you and use your other hand to hold a lemon over a cutting board or plate. (Note: Graters, especially Microplanes, are extremely sharp and should be used with caution.)
Using moderate pressure, drag the lemon in a downward motion against the blades of the grater to remove the colorful portion of the skin. Continue this step until the pith (the white part) is fully exposed and you have removed all or most of the peel. (You will know when you have reached the pith when the lemon becomes harder to grate and the resulting zest is a lighter color yellow.) If the zest is stuck under the Microplane, tap it against the plate or cutting board to release the finely grated zest.
July 31, 2018
If you’re a Food Network fangirl like us, Alex Guarnaschelli is a household name. And as an Iron Chef and longtime judge on Chopped, this lady sure does know her way around the kitchen. Here, she shares her top five must-have kitchen essentials to elevate any cook from takeout master to chef de cuisine.
2. A Microplane grater—“I remember when the Microplane came on the scene. For the first few years, any time anyone asked me for a ‘favorite kitchen gadget,’ this was it. Removing the woody, stringy aspect from ginger, turning garlic to a liquidy paste in seconds. Extracting just the top skin layer from citrus zest and leaving the pith behind? It’s such an easy tool to use and it can make intense, basic flavors so much more pure and easy to get to.” Well, holy pith, say no more.