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Kitchen Tips for Revolutionizing your Cooking with Microplane Kitchen Tools
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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 an 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!
- 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 sweetbreads. 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.
- 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.
Recipes to try with your Microplane Tools
Dinner, Lunch and Snacks
- Zucchini Fries
- Brussels Sprout Chips
- Parmesan Potato au Gratin
- Herb Butter
- Avocado Dip or Guacamole
- Creamy Vodka Steak and Pasta Recipe
- Sweet Potato Noodles
- Tangled Thai Salad by Justine Celina
- High Plains Fried Montanara Pizza
- Zucchini Spaghetti
- Curried Zucchini Pickles