Microplane フードグレーダー プロシリーズ ラージゼスター MP-013
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This extra coarse grater is part of the professional series from Microplane. The grater is ideal for grating most vegetables and hard cheeses. The razor-sharp stainless steel blade grates without clogging due to its unique blade profile, therefore no waste is created. Made from a solid stainless steel frame and stainless steel handle with hanging ring making it easy to store. Has a rubber foot which helps prevent slippage. Easy to clean. Dishwasher safe. Grating area 13.3cm x 5.7cm/5” x 2 in.
I love the rubber end tip that helps stabilize this shredder and prevents it from slipping. I am just using this so far to shred basic cheese like swiss (picture), cheddar or mozz. So far so good! It shreds the cheese very well and very easily. It is easy to clean up by hand - but be careful as it will shred your sponge and your finger tips. It is easy to store right in my silverware drawer. And the plastic cover is nice to have for safe keeping. I have used it for a few months now and it hasn't dulled at all.
Note that others have said about the sticky remnants from the sticker. Yes - mine has this too and it's a big pain and a big disappointment Not sure why they haven't either switched glue types or location of the sticker. I have rubbed vinegar on it and each time I wash this I try to get off more of the residue. Still gets 5 stars b/c it is a great grater so far.
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The product itself is very high quality. The grater has a nice weight to and does seem like something that will stand the test of time. The cutting blades are very sharp and you certainly need to watch your fingers when using it. I find it marginally easier to use over the typical boxed grater, and certainly easier to clean (again, watch those fingers). The rubber grip on the bottom of the grater does a nice job of holding it in one place while you're grating cheese on to a plate, into a bowl, etc. The curved face of the blade itself is also a nice touch because it does a better job of piling the cheese and keeps your hand farther from the outside of the blade when grating.
So why do I give this grater 3 stars? The dang UPC sticker on the grater itself. Gah! Please, oh please, Microplane, tell me why you've decided to kick it old school with your sticker adhesive? While I'm no adhesive expert, I feel like sticker technology has come leaps and bounds in the past 2 to 3 decades. Why did you charge me so much for such a high quality grater, and then drop a cheap sticker right on the back of the blade making me head to the hardware store to buy Goof Off before I could get some of that tasty cheese?
It was okay..as in it worked...okay...it shredded stuff if you were willing to put enough force behind the cheese....it did the job until one day it cracked around the handle. That crack was the best thing that happened to my cheese grating world.
It forced me to look into alternative graters and I ran across the microplane extra coarse grater.
I love this thing. I LOVE it. I have made more coleslaw in the last few months than I think I have in the last few years...it started out because I just was looking for an excuse to play with my great grater but then I realized I love coleslaw (when it isn't a pain to make)
Er...speaking of pain..word of warning I shall echo behind every one else. This is SHARP.
Way sharp...even knowing this and using caution I cut my finger tips a couple times already. It hurt! I now use a cut resistant glove thing on the hand that holds the cheese or veggies or whatever just to avoid another cut (the last one was memorable enough I shall not go into details but trust me you do NOT want to shred the soft finger pad off your pointy finger, you don't)
So even using caution with this I'd say use more than you think, way more. WAY WAY MORE.
Especially with something slippery like a chunk of apple (which is what my fingers slipped with and resulted in the owie.)
Also I think that since I am so used to use a lot of brute force with the old and now apparent to me NOT sharp box grater, I haven't fully learned to ease up on the grating, muscle memory and all that.
Just use caution.
Obviously it does take some force to grate things but I was ridiculously overjoyed and thrilled with how nice this is compared to the old box grater. I don't even use my cheese grating option on my old food processor any more because it seems like a waste of time and extra cleaning to haul it all out when this one, easy to clean grater does what I need.
I purchased both the 'coarse' and the 'extra coarse':
Microplane 38000 Professional Coarse Grater
Microplane Professional Extra Coarse Grater
The build quality of the 'Professional' series is much better than that of the 'Classic' or 'Home' series - all-stainless and ready to take some abuse.
As others have mentioned, the 'coarse' is really more like a 'medium' and for this reason I'm glad I also got the 'extra coarse'. The 'coarse' is great for hard cheeses like Parmigiano-Reggiano and hard vegetables like carrots, but I find myself reaching for the 'extra-coarse' for softer block cheeses, fruits, and vegetables much more frequently.
I'm extremely satisfied, and I'll update in a few months with my feelings then.