Still a classic...only better. This new version of our Microplane Extra Coarse Yellow Grater features a premium soft-touch handle and non-scratch end tabs. Ideal for grating soft cheeses and vegetables such as carrots, onions, and celery, use this grater to make chunky slivers for tacos and salads.
It started out in 1990, merely as a new type of woodworking tool. The Microplane rasp was first invented in 1990 by brothers Richard and Jeff Grace at their jointly owned contract manufacturing facility, Grace Manufacturing Inc., in Russellville, Arkansas, USA. The company already had almost 20 years of photochemical machining experience making parts for the high tech printer industry, but it had never really produced any parts of its own design.
The big moment came in 1994, when Lorraine Lee, a homemaker in Ottawa, Canada, was making an Armenian orange cake. Out of frustration with her old grater, she picked up a new tool her husband, Leonard, had brought home from their hardware store, Lee Valley Tools. She slid the orange across its blades and was amazed. Lacy shards of zest fell from its surface like snowflakes. The Lees marveled at the tool, ate the cake, then promptly changed the product description in their catalog. The Microplane grater had earned permanent space in the kitchen.