Recipes & Kitchen Tips

Kitchen Tips for Improving your Life with Microplane Tools

Pick a Grater by Food Type  or learn about the different blade styles

Why grate your own cheese!?

  • Flavor, flavor, flavor! Grating a brick of cheese fresh before use has more natural oils and aromas.
  • Fresh-grated cheese doesn’t contain potato starch, cellulose or extra preservatives that come with pre-shredded, bagged cheese.
  • Save money! It costs less to grate your own cheese. A 24 oz brick of cheese equals about 8 cups of shredded cheese.
  • Fast Flavor! It only takes 2 minutes on a box grater or extra-coarse grater to grate 8 oz of cheese.

Tips for grating cheese!

  • Cheese is easier to grate when it is cold. (A sharp tool helps too!)
  • Grate cheese over waxed paper or a flexible cutting board to easily sprinkle or add cheese to your favorite dishes.
  • Spray your grater with a few pumps of a non-stick spray to make clean-up much easier (from article by Sarasota Herald Tribune)
  • Freeze your extra cheese! It is perfect for adding to dishes but gets watery if you use it as a garnish.

Other helpful things you can do with a grater!

Baked Goods

  • Soften butter by grating it over an ultra-coarse or coarse grater! Perfect for baking. (Some experts say freeze your butter first when making pie crusts)
  • Save your cookies! Use a very fine zester/grater or fine-blade grater to scrape off burnt edges of toast, cookies and other baked items.
  • Rough up the edges of gingerbread or cookie house building blocks so they stick together with frosting more easily.

Fruits and Veggies

  • Make a coleslaw with an extra-coarse grater it shreds cabbage, apples, onions and carrots into bite-size, chewable, uniform pieces.
  • A Microplane coarse or extra coarse grater is the ultimate tool for preparing zucchini and carrots for cakes and sweet breads.  These grater sizes also work well for making salads, stir-fries and slaws.
  • Introduce your Microplane extra coarse or ultra coarse grater to a bag of potatoes and your breakfast will never be the same.  Make instant hash browns, potato pancakes and more.
  • Zoodles—you can create these using zucchini or squash with the Spiral Cutter, commonly know as a Spiralizer.
  • Turn your grater over and use it as a strainer to remove seeds and pulp from freshly squeezed juice. 

Garnish

  • Don’t skip the garnish when serving. Microplane gadgets and graters can add that extra pizzaz, from fluffy parmesan, fresh zest, twists, and peels, to minced herbs.
  • Garnish with nuts simply by using a  Microplane shaver and the food holder attachment together.
  • Want to up your dessert game? Keep a small block of chocolate in the freezer and use a Microplane ribbon grater to create a luxurious garnish for ice creams, hot chocolate, and cake. 
  • Here’s an entertaining trick!  Grate or zest frozen fruit over the top of a cocktail; the texture will be similar to small ice chips but packed with flavor.
Nuts:
  • Make small amounts of nut flour by grinding nuts in your rotary grater, or by using a food-holder attachment on your fine paddle graters.
  • Garnish with nuts simply by using a  Microplane shaver and the food holder attachment together.

Recipes to try with your Microplane tools

Breakfast

  • Homemade Granola
  • Butternut Squash Breakfast Hash

Desserts

Dinner, Lunch and Snacks

Drinks

  • Ice & Fire Drink Recipe from Betony
  • Not-So-Dark and Stormy