Something Grate

I have always held great admiration for the bold souls who conjure up an off-label use. What do I mean exactly? Well, for instance, the first pageant contestant who figured out that a smear of Vaseline on the teeth made smiling in three inch heels a bit easier, or the even more daring beauty queen who decided to dab on some Preparation H to shrink the bags beneath her eyes. It turns out the hottest grater/zester on the culinary scene started out as a different tool entirely. A clever Canadian housewife was baking a cake that called for orange zest. When her old grater failed her, she picked up her husband’s new carpenter’s rasp, and gave it a whirl. Delicate shavings of orange zest rained down, and a new use was born. When the makers of the tool got wind of it, they added kitchen tools to their repertoire and Microplane graters were born. Because Microplane uses a chemical etching process to hone their stainless steel blades, their cutting edge is much sharper than traditional graters. They make fine slices instead of tearing food, which makes for better flavor. Chefs love them, and inventive folks are busy cooking up more things to do with them. (Now Microplane offers a remarkably similar tool to slough calluses off of feet. Did you just lose your appetite? Sorry. It’s all pretty nifty to me!)

Microplane Zester/Grater

Gourmet Zester/Grater

Something Grate

I have always held great admiration for the bold souls who conjure up an off-label use. What do I mean exactly? Well, for instance, the first pageant contestant who figured out that a smear of Vaseline on the teeth made smiling in three inch heels a bit easier, or the even more daring beauty queen who decided to dab on some Preparation H to shrink the bags beneath her eyes. It turns out the hottest grater/zester on the culinary scene started out as a different tool entirely. A clever Canadian housewife was baking a cake that called for orange zest. When her old grater failed her, she picked up her husband’s new carpenter’s rasp, and gave it a whirl. Delicate shavings of orange zest rained down, and a new use was born. When the makers of the tool got wind of it, they added kitchen tools to their repertoire and Microplane graters were born. Because Microplane uses a chemical etching process to hone their stainless steel blades, their cutting edge is much sharper than traditional graters. They make fine slices instead of tearing food, which makes for better flavor. Chefs love them, and inventive folks are busy cooking up more things to do with them. (Now Microplane offers a remarkably similar tool to slough calluses off of feet. Did you just lose your appetite? Sorry. It’s all pretty nifty to me!)

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Emily
    Emily

    Sorry about all the "grate" jokes! This is one heck of a grater, though. I like that it's long and skinny, which makes it easy to maneuver over a pot, pan, or casserole. Have you used any Microplane products? What recipes would you use this for? And have you ever used other hardware in the kitchen?

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    10/23/2008 12:16 PM

    My son thinks we look like we are doing an informercial. That sent chills up my spine. Joanne and I are so NOT "shopper girl" (as we call it) However some people have asked us to be more focused on product features. What do you think?

  • Sara
    Sara
    10/23/2008 12:21 PM

    I liked this video because you non-shopper girls really showed how great the product is. I would like to see that designer and her woodshed, though. Who has a woodshed? and what do they do in it? I want a woodshed. I'm getting 2 graters.

  • Sara
    Sara – Grommet Team
    10/23/2008 12:23 PM

    Your lashes look so good!

  • Jules
    Jules
    10/23/2008 12:31 PM

    I want your sense of humor. I want you to be on video with us.

  • Kathie
    Kathie
    10/23/2008 12:36 PM

    Isn't the point to give info and sell the product? an INFOMERCIAL! I don't watch a lot of QVC so don't really know who you don't want to be compared to, but I think the videos are getting better.

  • Lisa
    Lisa
    10/23/2008 12:42 PM

    Not at ALL! I think that, as usualy, you've told the story of a cool product in an engaging, informative way. Those parmesan shreds? BEAUTIFUL! (Joanne, can I come to your house for dinner tonight?)

    I have this tool and love it, but I didn't know the neat story behind it. It's the story that motivates me to think about who else in my life might need one.

    Which reminds me.. someone in our family threw one of these into our annual White Elephant Gift Exchange several years ago, and it was THE MOST hotly contested item. My 82 year old gramma ended up with it, and she uses it all the time. To this day, when someone asks for her totally amazing cranberry salad recipe, she pulls the Microplane out to show it off.

  • Jules
    Jules
    10/23/2008 12:57 PM

    Kathie--Thanks for the good word and encouragement.

    Lisa-- What a great Microplane story of your own....I love the image of your 82 year old gramma wielding a Microplane! I had to bring mine in for the video shoot and I have really missed it--keep forgetting it in the office. Hope Joanne lets me take it back now.

  • joanne
    joanne – Grommet Team
    10/23/2008 1:24 PM

    Hey listen...I washed the grater the other night in the dishwasher without rinsing it first. Next time, I 'll soak it in warm water and give it the once over... with a 'long handled' brush. Be careful with this tool. Those sharp little blades are looking for knuckle juice. Sorry to be gross!

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    10/23/2008 2:26 PM

    As a French blogger just said in a review about us http://tinyurl.com/66buh7, the paint is not yet dry at Daily Grommet. So for the first weeks of our operating there will be days when we do not sell the Grommet of the day directly. We will send you straight through to the producer.



    We think it’s really important to tell a story every day, but if we had to ship every fresh find in our early weeks, Jim would run for the hills. We are walking before we run.



    But that “unlimited” inventory has to go…it is confusing. It is in Eric’s loooongg queue of things to spruce up. (BTW, his list is a lot shorter than many I have seen for a site that is only a few days old.) He did a great job…we just did not anticipate some stuff like this when we specified the site. My bad. I wish I were smarter, younger, thinner, and funnier too.

  • Emily
    Emily – Special Guest
    10/23/2008 4:05 PM

    Okay - this is my favorite grater recipe! You know that yummy ginger sauce that teppan-style Japanese restaurants serve with their dishes? Grate 1/4 of a white onion and 1 small piece of ginger root, then add 1/2 cup of soy sauce and 1/4 cup of rice vinegar. Adjust amounts to taste. Serve with stir fried vegetables and chicken over rice. Not to be too Rachael Ray about it, but it's really "delish."

  • Barbara
    Barbara
    10/23/2008 5:53 PM

    Okay, I'll admit it. I do not really love to cook dinner (or lunch, or breakfast). At my house, we regularly use kitchen items for NON-kitchen uses. Plastic containers make great homes for crickets, worms and frogs. Pots and pans, in addition to being great drum sets, make fabulous temporary goldfish bowls. Having admitted my guilty secret (not really a secret from my husband or kids, sadly), I will say that having a cool product like the Microplane Zester / Grater might actually make cooking more fun! Does anyone have more good recipes (like Emily's) they might share? Grated chocolate as an ingredient would be a definite plus!

  • Jen
    Jen
    10/23/2008 7:33 PM

    I have a great easy recipe...Linguine with Shrimp Scampi. This recipe lives at the foodnetwork.com under Ina Garten. It is fairly easy and cooks up quick on a work night. The microplane would be make easy work of grating the lemon zest called for in this recipe. After zesting the lemon you can use what is left of the lemon for the juice. My kids love shrimp prepared this way. Bon Appetit!!!

  • Amy Galon
    Amy Galon
    10/23/2008 9:19 PM

    WOW! You all have really come a long way in front of the camera! You were funny, comfortable and the story behind the product was GREAT!!!

  • Jules
    Jules
    10/24/2008 11:03 AM

    Amy, thanks for the good word! We have moments of comfort and moments of sheer terror, still. But we decided to share the good, bad, and the ugly no matter what. We're definitely learning.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Microplane Zester/Grater

Gourmet Zester/Grater

Something Grate

I have always held great admiration for the bold souls who conjure up an off-label use. What do I mean exactly? Well, for instance, the first pageant contestant who figured out that a smear of Vaseline on the teeth made smiling in three inch heels a bit easier, or the even more daring beauty queen who decided to dab on some Preparation H to shrink the bags beneath her eyes.

It turns out the hottest grater/zester on the culinary scene started out as a different tool entirely. A clever Canadian housewife was baking a
cake that called for orange zest. When her old grater failed her, she picked up her husband’s new carpenter’s rasp, and gave it a whirl. Delicate shavings of orange zest rained down, and a new use was born. When the makers of the tool got wind of it, they added kitchen tools to their repertoire and Microplane graters were born.

Because Microplane uses a chemical etching process to hone their stainless steel blades, their cutting edge is much sharper than traditional graters. They make fine slices instead of tearing food, which makes for better flavor. Chefs love them, and inventive folks are busy cooking up more things to do with them. (Now Microplane offers a remarkably similar tool to slough calluses off of feet. Did you just lose your appetite? Sorry. It’s all pretty nifty to me!)
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Emily
    Emily

    Sorry about all the "grate" jokes! This is one heck of a grater, though. I like that it's long and skinny, which makes it easy to maneuver over a pot, pan, or casserole. Have you used any Microplane products? What recipes would you use this for? And have you ever used other hardware in the kitchen?

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    10/23/2008 12:16 PM

    My son thinks we look like we are doing an informercial. That sent chills up my spine. Joanne and I are so NOT "shopper girl" (as we call it) However some people have asked us to be more focused on product features. What do you think?

  • Sara
    Sara
    10/23/2008 12:21 PM

    I liked this video because you non-shopper girls really showed how great the product is. I would like to see that designer and her woodshed, though. Who has a woodshed? and what do they do in it? I want a woodshed. I'm getting 2 graters.

  • Sara
    Sara – Grommet Team
    10/23/2008 12:23 PM

    Your lashes look so good!

  • Jules
    Jules
    10/23/2008 12:31 PM

    I want your sense of humor. I want you to be on video with us.

  • Kathie
    Kathie
    10/23/2008 12:36 PM

    Isn't the point to give info and sell the product? an INFOMERCIAL! I don't watch a lot of QVC so don't really know who you don't want to be compared to, but I think the videos are getting better.

  • Lisa
    Lisa
    10/23/2008 12:42 PM

    Not at ALL! I think that, as usualy, you've told the story of a cool product in an engaging, informative way. Those parmesan shreds? BEAUTIFUL! (Joanne, can I come to your house for dinner tonight?)

    I have this tool and love it, but I didn't know the neat story behind it. It's the story that motivates me to think about who else in my life might need one.

    Which reminds me.. someone in our family threw one of these into our annual White Elephant Gift Exchange several years ago, and it was THE MOST hotly contested item. My 82 year old gramma ended up with it, and she uses it all the time. To this day, when someone asks for her totally amazing cranberry salad recipe, she pulls the Microplane out to show it off.

  • Jules
    Jules
    10/23/2008 12:57 PM

    Kathie--Thanks for the good word and encouragement.

    Lisa-- What a great Microplane story of your own....I love the image of your 82 year old gramma wielding a Microplane! I had to bring mine in for the video shoot and I have really missed it--keep forgetting it in the office. Hope Joanne lets me take it back now.

  • joanne
    joanne – Grommet Team
    10/23/2008 1:24 PM

    Hey listen...I washed the grater the other night in the dishwasher without rinsing it first. Next time, I 'll soak it in warm water and give it the once over... with a 'long handled' brush. Be careful with this tool. Those sharp little blades are looking for knuckle juice. Sorry to be gross!

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    10/23/2008 2:26 PM

    As a French blogger just said in a review about us http://tinyurl.com/66buh7, the paint is not yet dry at Daily Grommet. So for the first weeks of our operating there will be days when we do not sell the Grommet of the day directly. We will send you straight through to the producer.



    We think it’s really important to tell a story every day, but if we had to ship every fresh find in our early weeks, Jim would run for the hills. We are walking before we run.



    But that “unlimited” inventory has to go…it is confusing. It is in Eric’s loooongg queue of things to spruce up. (BTW, his list is a lot shorter than many I have seen for a site that is only a few days old.) He did a great job…we just did not anticipate some stuff like this when we specified the site. My bad. I wish I were smarter, younger, thinner, and funnier too.

  • Emily
    Emily – Special Guest
    10/23/2008 4:05 PM

    Okay - this is my favorite grater recipe! You know that yummy ginger sauce that teppan-style Japanese restaurants serve with their dishes? Grate 1/4 of a white onion and 1 small piece of ginger root, then add 1/2 cup of soy sauce and 1/4 cup of rice vinegar. Adjust amounts to taste. Serve with stir fried vegetables and chicken over rice. Not to be too Rachael Ray about it, but it's really "delish."

  • Barbara
    Barbara
    10/23/2008 5:53 PM

    Okay, I'll admit it. I do not really love to cook dinner (or lunch, or breakfast). At my house, we regularly use kitchen items for NON-kitchen uses. Plastic containers make great homes for crickets, worms and frogs. Pots and pans, in addition to being great drum sets, make fabulous temporary goldfish bowls. Having admitted my guilty secret (not really a secret from my husband or kids, sadly), I will say that having a cool product like the Microplane Zester / Grater might actually make cooking more fun! Does anyone have more good recipes (like Emily's) they might share? Grated chocolate as an ingredient would be a definite plus!

  • Jen
    Jen
    10/23/2008 7:33 PM

    I have a great easy recipe...Linguine with Shrimp Scampi. This recipe lives at the foodnetwork.com under Ina Garten. It is fairly easy and cooks up quick on a work night. The microplane would be make easy work of grating the lemon zest called for in this recipe. After zesting the lemon you can use what is left of the lemon for the juice. My kids love shrimp prepared this way. Bon Appetit!!!

  • Amy Galon
    Amy Galon
    10/23/2008 9:19 PM

    WOW! You all have really come a long way in front of the camera! You were funny, comfortable and the story behind the product was GREAT!!!

  • Jules
    Jules
    10/24/2008 11:03 AM

    Amy, thanks for the good word! We have moments of comfort and moments of sheer terror, still. But we decided to share the good, bad, and the ugly no matter what. We're definitely learning.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.