Two graters compared

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Matfer box grater 215431 versus Microplane 5100506 (number is embossed into the rubber handle and at the end of the metal rasp).  We're gonna' compare only one function, grating parmesian cheese.

Microplane: effortless in producing a whispy thin shred of cheese, so thin in fact methinks that the cheese's flavor comes thru poorly.  However it's great when you want this thin shred incorporated into a sauce.  Fwiw I've been using this rasp since 2000.

Matfer 215431: more effort is required to grate the parmesian.  Yet, when sprinkled onto pasta or a salad the flavor comes thru much more clearly and stronger.  It's because the "shredder" part of the box grater produces a much thicker shred of cheese and I'm using the shredder that measures approx. 2.5-3mm diameter and not the one measuring approx 8mm diameter.  And an additional comment on this box grater: it comes with a removeable bottom which imho adds a bit of neatness to the process.  From now on I'll probably use this one for grating my parmesian cheese.
 
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Nice review, Koko... Thanks. I had same experience with the micro plane on hard cheese and find that the extra coarse micro plane is actually better for hard cheese in terms of texture... despite what the packaging says. The Matfer grater is really nice and I'm hoping Santa puts one under my tree.
 
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Nice review, Koko... Thanks. I had same experience with the micro plane on hard cheese and find that the extra coarse micro plane is actually better for hard cheese in terms of texture... despite what the packaging says. The Matfer grater is really nice and I'm hoping Santa puts one under my tree.
At FoodServiceWarehouse the cost for the Matfer is less than $20.
 
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