​How to use a rasp

​There are a variety of microplanes, or rasps, available for use in the kitchen. They come in many different shapes and sizes, each with its own purpose.

Dried nutmeg is easily turned into a fine dust, perfect for holiday recipes or topping a fancy coffee.

Parmesan cheese, purchased in a whole piece instead of pre-shredded, is easy to work across the surface, and a little bit goes a long way. It fluffs up nicely, and a few quick motions quickly yields a pile of cheese.

You can mince ginger down to almost nothing with a rasp, and it makes working with ginger a dream. Finely chopped ginger without having to deal with the tough-to-slice fibres.

They’re also great for pulling the thin surface layer of zest off of a lime. This way, you get the flavour of the zest without the bitterness of the rest of the lime skin.

It’s great for baking or cocktails.

One tool, many uses.

Last updated on January 22, 2019