Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Microplane Kitchen Tools Came out of Woodwork ; Line Rose out of Interest in Tools for Wood

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Microplane Kitchen Tools Came out of Woodwork ; Line Rose out of Interest in Tools for Wood

Article excerpt

Microplane is a brand of tools owned by Grace Manufacturing, a family-owned Arkansas company that has created shaped metal products using photo-etching technology for 40 years. In this process, rather than cutting or stamping shapes out of thin sheet metal, the undesired parts of the metal are corroded away using a strong, acid etching solution, leaving thin, unbent edges.

According to the microplane website, in 1990 the company created a new line of woodworking tools using this technology, specifically ultrasharp rasps, saw blades, and rotary shapers to be used on a drill.

Not long after, housewives began borrowing the rasps to grate nutmeg and citrus peels, because the edges were so superior to any stamped kitchen grating tools available at that time.

Soon enough, Microplane developed a full line of kitchen grating and slicing supplies, and they remain some of the best on the market.

Microplane makes zesters, box graters, rotary graters, wide handled graters, meat tenderizers, cheese planers and more, using the process that makes for super-sharp, long-lasting steel blades.

The most popular Microplane tool, known among cooks and chefs simply as a microplane, is a long, narrow rasp-like tool used as a zester and fine grater. These tools come with openings of various sizes for powder-fine to coarser grating. More useful yet, Microplane also makes a box grater that has won Housewares Design Awards for best designed kitchen hand tool and best overall product in the 2009 Housewares competition.

They are excellent tools, very much worth the slightly higher price tag they carry compared to stamped graters and zesters.

ORANGE CHIFFON CAKE

SOURCE: Gourmet, March 1992

INGREDIENTS FOR THE CAKE

2 cups cake flour (not selfrising)

1 cups sugar

1 tablespoon double-acting baking powder

teaspoon salt

cup vegetable oil

7 large egg yolks

cup fresh orange juice

2 tablespoons freshly grated orange zest

2 teaspoons vanilla

9 large egg whites

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

For the whipped cream frosting

2 cups well-chilled heavy cream

3 tablespoons Grand Marnier or other orange-flavored liqueur

2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest

cup sugar

teaspoon orange-flower water (available at specialty foods shops), or to taste, if desired

DIRECTIONS

Make the cake:

1 Preheat oven to 325 degrees. …

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