Microplane - Blade Guide
Microplane® graters provide professional and home cooks with a wide variety of superior blade styles. The blade styles vary from very fine to extra coarse to satisfy every cooking requirement. Many blade styles can be used on the same foods. It is simply a matter of choice, depending on which grating result is desired. The texture and aroma of the food will change depending on the different blade style creating a different grating result. One person may prefer the cheese fine, whilst another rather coarse. It is really just a matter of individual taste.
Whatever the need though, a Microplane® Grater makes the kitchen task effortless, efficient and a pleasure to work with.
The famous Zester Blade Style creates a very fine grating result that looks like angel hair and is ideal for everything that you want to have finely grated. Wonderful for effortless citrus zesting to add natural flavors to a fresh vinaigrette, a lemon crème brûlée or to homemade cookies. The blade also excels in grating even the hardest Parmesan Reggiano as well as other hard cheeses into fine lacy wisps, which are ideal for topping your favorite spaghetti and meatballs or Caesar salad.
The spice blade is our smallest blade style and it creates a super fine powder like.
Foods & Dishes: Ideally, to use for cinnamon, nutmeg, Tonka bean or chocolate to spice up and decorate your desserts or garnish your drinks like a hot chocolate.
In addition, a very finely grated nutmeg is nice to give your mashed potatoes extra flavor or to garnish various sauces.
The fine blade produces a very delicate, fine texture. A fine cut also produces a more intense flavor on a dish or directly on the taste’s buds due to its super-fine and rich nature. The more moist foods like ginger, cloves or chili produce a puree-like texture.
The Fine Blade is ideal for grating all types of citrus peel without lifting off the fruit’s bitter tasting pith. Grated citrus zest is perfect for ‘adding’ extra flavor to savory dishes, dressings, but favorably for baking.
The coarse blade creates small strands of grated food that are slightly coarser than that of the fine blade. It is ideal for hard cheeses such as Parmesan and Romano to top your favorite soup. As well as a wide range of fruits and vegetables, from pears, apples, and coconut, nuts, to fresh carrots. It is stellar at grating aromatics, such as shallots, onions, garlic and ginger into a fine paste that melts and blends instantly with other ingredients in a pan. Use coarsely grated ginger for spicing up some stir-fries or have a freshly brewed ginger tea with lemon and honey. Finally, use coarsely grated carrots or apples ideally for baby purees.
Fine Julienne Blade
The Fine Julienne Blade creates very fine Julienne strips of carrots, celery roots, zucchinis, apples, pears, potatoes, beetroot, radishes, or cucumbers. They look slightly finer and thinner than the classic julienne strips. This blade is ideally for all sorts of vegetables and fruits. The fine julienne blade is best to use for creating any sort of salads, to refine soups or to steam vegetables in a wok. Fine julienne fruit strips can also be used to decorate desserts. Thus, use the fine julienne strips for a fresh, delicious carrot salad or any kind of fresh salad. Grate fresh apples or pear to top your breakfast porridge, muesli or smoothie bowls.
The Ribbon blade is designed to grate in both directions allowing a natural back and forth movement. The Ribbon Blade Style creates medium thin-bride ‘strips’- a similar texture to the shaver just a bit finer and thinner. It is ideal for everything that needs to have more texture like zucchini, hard cheese or cabbage. It is perfect for grating hard and soft cheeses for omelettes, soufflés, gratins and other savory delights, as well as onions and potatoes for hash browns or grate nuts onto muffin batter. The versatile blade can also tackle hard foods such as chocolate, as well as root vegetables like carrots and radishes for vitamin-packed salads and slaws.
Create visually appealing dishes by adding beautiful shaved pieces of food. The Large Shaver blade creates wide but extremely fine shavings. The beautiful shavings not only make a visually stunning impression but also create an individual and intense texture of flavor.
Shavings of cheeses ideally used for garnishing various appetizers, like a beef carpaccio, a Caesar salad or a Panini sandwich. Perfect for slices of garlic for a lemon garlic chicken dish or any Italian dishes. For the sweet tooth, fast shavings of chocolate are ideal for baking recipes and garnishing desserts. This blade is perfect for shavings for decorating dishes and making the dish an eye-catcher!
Extra Coarse Blade
The Extra Coarse blade creates large strands of grated food that are very similar to ‘julienne-strips’ but just a bit thicker and wider. When you want to highlight the taste of an individual ingredient, this would be the ideal blade style. The Extra Coarse blade can tackle a host of ingredients, including soft cheese like mozzarella, as well as medium-hard cheeses, like cheddar, provolone and Swiss to use for salads, tacos, or pizza. It is perfect for making beautiful slaw from cabbage, and quickly grating root vegetables like potatoes, onions and carrots for salads, casseroles, meatloaf, au gratin, frittatas, and more. You can also use the extra Coarse blade style to grate cold butter for pastry.
The ideal blade to create a super fine mist of a powdery, snowflake grating result. It produces a very fine and fluffy result.
Foods & Dishes:
You can get a fine mist of powdery Parmesan cheese to cover your favorite pasta dish, a risotto or any appetizers, soups or salads or to melt instantly into numerous sauces. The blade is also great for grating your ginger very fine for Asian inspired dishes or perfect for garnishing a dessert or a cappuccino with chocolate or cinnamon.
This blade creates large strands of ingredients that are ideal when you want to highlight the taste of an individual ingredient or if you need bigger amounts of grated foods.
The Ultra Coarse Blade is perfectly designed to grate zucchini, potatoes, cabbage and other foods that require additional grating surface.
Grate fresh pumpkin to make soup or strings of carrots for an aromatic beef stew. The Ultra Coarse blade is also great to use with soft-cheeses for potato or vegetable gratins or wraps.
The slicer blade precisely cuts cucumbers, radishes, zucchini, potatoes, onions, pepperoni, apples and other ingredients into superbly uniform thin slices. The slicer blade is ideal if you want to cut food quickly but precisely into thin slices. Whether salads, pizza toppings or garnishes, you always get uniform slices. Create healthy vegetable salads like a refreshing cucumber salad or top your salad with slices of radish to get a slightly spicy flavour note. Slice potatoes and various vegetables for beautiful gratins.
Julienne Slicer Blade
The Julienne Slicer Blade precisely cuts the food into long thin Julienne strips that look very similar to matchsticks. The Julienne slicer blade is ideal for all types of vegetables and fruit. Use julienne strips of carrots, cabbage, and apples to create a fresh coleslaw that can be added to grilled dishes. Or just cut carrots into strips to garnish a healthy kale salad. Pan-fried dishes can be quickly prepared with julienne strips of sweet potatoes, zucchini, or carrots. Cut the beetroot and cucumber into nice thin julienne strips for a salad rich in vitamins.