Pros: nice fine shreds, sharp, thick handle for holding, easy to use
Cons: have to be careful or you will end up grating yourself, needs storage cover
When it comes to kitchen tools I have two large drawers filled with them as well as two huge crocks of kitchen utensils on my counter. When it comes to gadgets for the kitchen I never seem to get enough. Though many of them I have only used a couple of times because I just do not care for them once I use them. That is not the case with my Microplane 8.5 in. zester/grater.
The Microplane is a unitasker in the fact that all it can do is zest or grate things. However this can zest or grate numerous things from lemons, limes, and oranges, to hard cheese, chocolate,and yeas even wood. Though I do not recommend the eating of wood unless you are a beaver.
The Microplane has a 3 1/2 in. black handle that is nice and thick for easy holding. The rasp is the piece of metal or microplane and is about 8 1/2 in. long and an inch wide. The sides of the rasp are curved under so that not only the top, but sides of the microplane can be used. The rasp of the microplane has hundreds of tiny blades that cut through hard cheese and chocolate like butter with hardly any effort on my part. The outcome are tiny shreds that are fine and fluffy looking.
I use my microplane for grating parmesan, ginger, chocolate, citrus, garlic, and shallots. For the larger items I use the top, but the sides make quick work of garlic and shallots without me fearing skin injuries. If you are looking for larger shreds or long thin pieces the microplane is not what you are wanting.However if you are looking to make quick work of hard cheese, chocolate, etc. for soups, sauces, and salads the microplane works great.
Thanks to the microplane I do not have to use my box grater nearly as much as I used to. With he microplane I also have a lot less mess and cleanup when I am done. To wash this I just put a little soap on it and use my kitchen brush to make sure and get the little blades clean. This is dishwasher safe though. My only complaint is that I wish there was a cover for this when storing it. I have managed to snag my shirts on it numerous times when hunting through my utensil drawer. Other than that I have been very happy with my microplane.