My Favorite Kitchen Tool: Microplane


Today’s post is all about one of my favorite kitchen tools: a microplane, or also known as a rasp. It’s one of the tools I pull most often out of my drawer, and it has so many more uses beyond just zesting a lemon. Let us count the ways!


My favorite use for a microplane is for zesting hard cheeses, like Parmigiano Reggiano, Pecorino Romano, and the like. Sure, you can use a box grater, but what I love about using the microplane zester for grating is it gives the fluffiest, lightest grating of the cheese. It’s almost like snow, and because the hard cheeses tend to be salty, those small light pieces are perfect for distributing flavor.

The “snow” cheese also melts beautifully if you’re incorporating it into a sauce or need it to melt really easily.


Next up is garlic. Raise your hand if you don’t like mincing garlic. Me!! I find it so much easier to grate cloves of garlic on the microplane, and I also like that it breaks the garlic down a bit more than mincing.

Continue reading more uses for the microplane on The Pioneer Woman’s site.