Some kitchen tools hold a special place in my heart.


Do you have a kitchen tool that you feel a particular affinity for? I have a few in my cupboards and drawers that give me an extra smile when I pull them out for use. This microplane is relatively new to my kitchen and has quickly risen to the top of my list.

The main reason I favor this small grating device is the sensory experience it creates. It is an aromatherapy maker. I use it to grate citrus zest, ginger root, parmesan cheese and fresh nutmeg. The wonderful smells waft up and envelop me while the microplane does its work. Compared to a box grater, the grated ingredients are much more delicate. I even adore the soft patch that it leaves on the citrus skin after having expertly removed its fragrant, oily outer layer.

Do you have a love affair with a kitchen tool? ┬áCome on, admit it…

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10 Responses to “I Love My… Microplane”

  1. Melissa Says:

    I agree! My life changed once the Microplane grater came into it. I used to spend forever zesting lemons with a tiny 4 holed zester, though it did do a better job than a box grater. My other favorite tool is a ceramic horizontal vegetable peeler that I picked up in Portsmouth, NH. It never dulls and it’s such a cheerful orange color. Here’s one similar: http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO-604884/

  2. Laura Pokas Says:

    I do love my microplane, but this past year I just can’t seem to live without my salad choppers. I grab a big salad bowl, fill it with a chunk of romaine, mixed greens, a whole tomato, chicken breast, chunk of avocado, nuts, whole egg, piece of cuke or celery, peppers, a carrot, etc. You name it, I toss it in and start cutting with these multi-blade scissors. About a minute later, I have chopped salad.

    Mine are by Pampered Chef and I haven’t found any others like them out there (I do not sell or promote PC, I just simply love this kitchen tool and they just happen to make it.) When my girlfriend didn’t believe they worked this good, so I did a quick video clip – kind of shaky since I was doing it one handed! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAKOLdo8TTo

  3. Erica Says:

    Totally. Along with my tomato corer and lemon/lime juicer.

  4. Vicki @ WITK Says:

    My favorite thing in the kitchen right now is my lemon reamer. It came from my gram and makes juicing lemons so much easier! I’m also a big fan of what I call my not-so-microplane. Makes preparing ginger a piece of cake!

  5. Nina Says:

    Probably not the fanciest tool you will hear about, but… My little two-cup sized cooking pot. It’s singularly the most useful tool in my one-person kitchen. I use it for so many things because it makes the perfect portion-size for me. And, to be honest, I find it adorable.

  6. Debbie Says:

    It’s silly, but I do love my strawberry huller.

  7. ileana Says:

    I also love my Microplane. It creates little mountains of cheese snow for me. Only thing is – it’s a pain to clean!

  8. Sara Says:

    Yep, my microplane gets a workout. I can’t even imagine how you’d use those older tools sold as “zesters.” I do love my dough whisk for mixing up quick breads and stirring up my yeast doughs prior to kneading.

  9. Athena Says:

    A microplane is at the top of my wishlist. I can’t live without my rubber spatulas :)

  10. May Says:

    Oxo Tongs will change your life! Love this versatile, multi-purpose tool!

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