When it comes to having great tools in the kitchen, it doesn’t always mean you need costly appliances. Something as simple as a Silpat and Microplane Grater are inexpensive but also extremely handy!
I’ve featured the Silpat in the past, so hop over to my blog post here to find out why it is so damn useful! Now if you follow my culinary adventures regularly, the idea of a microplane grater isn’t a new one. I use mine ALL OF THE TIME…sorry to yell there. I use a few different sized graters and depending on the cooking technique which dictates which grater to grab.
I have a small, baby grater that is not only adorable, but is perfect for grating fresh nutmeg. Now if you’re thinking…Kelli you need a grater just for nutmeg?? Yes, friend, you do! If you don’t grate fresh nutmeg into white sauce and savory meals, well it’s time you got on it. Fresh nutmeg is often a secret ingredient that really makes a dish sing (not literally)…just sayin. 😉
Now I have a longer, more substantial microplane grater, which is seen in many of my step by step cooking pictures you’ll find on my blog. This one is kind of the all-purpose grater that I use for so many things. First off, it’s wonderful for zesting lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruits. It does a great job and is easy to use. Second, I like to use it for grating Parmesan cheese. It’s so handy when you just need a little sprinkling of cheese and makes for way easier clean up than a clunky box grater. Third, this grater makes dealing with fresh garlic and a ginger a cinch. Just grate your garlic cloves and fresh ginger knobs quickly plus you get a ton of flavor out of these ingredients.
All you have to do is head on over to your favorite store (like Bed, Bath & Beyond) or to Amazon.com (see the link below) and pick up one or two of these versatile graters. They start around $13, and you’ll find out for yourself just how handy-dandy this tool is!
Happy grating, friends!! (And kudos to me for not making grate/great jokes…because I was kind of dying to!)