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A Very Nice Grater
Microplane graters have been around now for about twelve years.   Legend has it, that  a home baker somewhere pulled out her old zester—which had done honorable service since the Eisenhower administration—scraped it over a lemon with such poor results that she said, “this thing has got to go.”  But no matter what, so did her lemon cookies that were off to her bridge club in three hours.  She left the kitchen and headed for the garage workshop to tell her husband to drop everything and go get her a new zester.  At that moment, husband was smoothing the sawed edge of a nice piece of hardwood.  She looked at the lightweight stainless steel rasp he was using and said, “gimme that!”  The rest is history.

Thus was born, the line of graters and zesters called Microplane, made by Grace Manufacturing, a heretofore woodwork tools outfit.  They are made of stainless steel and have pressed-out and honed cutting edges that shave rather than shred.  This new grater has four different edges, is very sharp and comes with a plastic cover to protect the edges.  We found one on sale for $12US, marked down from $31US.  A good tool and a good buy. 


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