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The history of Microplane: From the workshop to the kitchen…

By now, cooking aficionados worldwide are familiar with the story: The big moment came in 1994, when a Canadian housewife was making an orange cake. Out of frustration that her grater was tearing and shredding, she commandeered one of her husband’s favorite woodworking tools from his workshop. The blade slid effortlessly across the orange and the zest fell from its surface like snowflakes. The discovery laid the foundation for the creation of Microplane® kitchen graters and an entire line of revolutionary graters was born.

Globally recognized, Microplane is the original manufacturer to apply photo-etching technology to graters, an innovative process specifically designed to create ultra-sharp cutting edges.

Made in the USA, the tiny teeth behave like extremely sharp knives to cut ingredients with precision rather than tearing or shredding like most stamped graters. The blade ensures that food does not stick or block, but instead gently slides along the cutting surface to produce perfect results every time.

40 years on and Microplane® is now the preferred grater of choice for professional chefs and cooking enthusiasts worldwide.

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