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Foods to Zest Using a Microplane

8 Foods to Zest Using a Microplane

One of the most essential grating tools to have in the kitchen is the Classic Microplane ($15), yet most people don't realize all of the fruits, vegetables, cheeses, and spices that can be grated — all using only one tool. From hard cheeses to spices to even fruit, here's a comprehensive list of foods that can be transformed, thanks to the humble Microplane.

  1. Hard cheeses: Turn hard, dry cheeses like parmesan-reggiano, asiago, and pecorino romano into fluffy, pillowy, snow-like flakes.
  2. Root vegetables: Beets, carrots, and potatoes are just a few root vegetables to start zesting atop salads, in baked goods, or even on precious amuse-bouches.
  3. Garlic: Nancy Silverton shared her brilliant trick: zesting garlic rather than chopping it.

Find out more foods to zest.

  1. Chocolate: Produce perfect, even flakes to decorate baked goods like cakes, cupcakes, and cheesecake.
  2. Ginger: Avoid hairy, stringy particles by zesting ginger.
  3. Whole Spices: Transform large spices like cinnamon and nutmeg into powdered form.
  4. Citrus: Oranges, lemons, and limes can be zested quickly and effortlessly with a Microplane.
  5. Coconut: Nothing tastes better than fresh grated coconut, toasted and pressed into the rim of a cake, atop a pie, or even baked in cookies.

Do you have a favorite food to zest that's not on this list? Share it with us below.

Advah Advah 5 years
 @Nancy Einhart Same here! Microplanes are even better than I thought before I ought mine.
Nancy-Einhart Nancy-Einhart 5 years
I'm totally going to try the garlic thing. I hate chopping garlic with a passion.
Grace-Wilcox Grace-Wilcox 5 years
I love my microplane grater! I want to try grating some root veggies onto my salads.
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 5 years
I have a microplane chocolate grater (I think it was a limited-edition, Valentine's themed one) that I bought for less than $10. I use it on everything, from citrus to pecorino to nutmeg.
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