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How to clean a microplane

Cleaning a microplane

Microplanes are great tools to have around the kitchen because they really simplify a number of different tasks. They are ideal for zesting citrus fruits, make it easy to grate whole spices like nutmeg and cinnamon, and are great for doing a quick shred of hard cheeses, like parmesan. If you really want to get your money’s worth out, you can even use them to mince garlic by rubbing a clove over the fine, sharp grates. Microplanes are touted as being easy to clean, and while they’re not difficult, it can take a little experimentation to figure out the best way to get all the food out of those tiny little holes.

Most microplanes are dishwasher safe, but loading them into the dishwasher isn’t enough to get those bits of zest off; you end up with stuck-on zest more often than a clean microplane after putting a dirty one in the dishwasher. I find that the best way to clean it is to take a soapy sponge or kitchen brush (one of the bristly scrubbers) and run it down the front of the microplane in the same direction as the blades go, loosening food without shredding your brush or sponge. Then, flip the microplane over and do the same thing on the backside, hopefully removing most of the bits you already loosened. I find that a couple of wipes and my microplane is very clean. I will put mine in the dishwasher at this point if I’ve used it for garlic or something smelly and feel like it needs a second cleaning so as not to contaminate my next batch of lemon zest with garlic.

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  • Eliana
    April 21, 2009

    Great tip. This is how I clean mine.

  • Amy I.
    April 21, 2009

    I’ve been using my Microplane more recently, and have definitely been wondering about the best way to clean it. Thanks for the tip!

  • Baking Monster
    April 21, 2009

    this is a greta tip and i suppose it could work with a cheese grater too. 🙂

  • Linda
    April 21, 2009

    I love my microplanes!! I usually put them in the dishwasher after a quick wiping off with a Scotch scrubbie.

  • Recipe man
    April 21, 2009

    i love read recipes from food you just have at home.
    fast good food.


  • River
    April 22, 2009

    Just great. Thanks for the tip. I finally have a big use on the one I have been keeping at home.

  • Eliana
    April 22, 2009

    Great tip. This is how I clean mine.
    P.S. – Sorry, forgot to tell you great post!

  • Lisa W.
    April 22, 2009

    Great tip. Thanks!

  • kavin nash
    April 23, 2009

    Great tip.i suppose it could work with a cheese grater too

  • Kwan
    April 25, 2009

    Toothbrush. It’s the easiest thing I’ve found to clean microplanes or greaters, and you don’t have to worry about the direction you scrub in.

  • jocelyn
    May 4, 2009

    i agree with the toothbrush!

  • Grace F
    May 12, 2009

    I’ve never even seen or heard of these before. What a great little tool. Anyone know where you can buy one at?

  • BrenDiva
    May 15, 2009

    great info thanks!

  • oNyUKW
    May 17, 2010


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