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Microplane grater dull?

arielleeve | Jul 19, 201507:20 PM     5

I have been having struggles with the microplane paddle graters in the last year or so. I had a fine paddle grater from Sur La Table that became so dull as to be almost unusable, which I chalked up to the fact that it was one of the cheaper, plastic models, from a line made specifically for SLT. I ditched it and replaced it with one of the Professional ones that was slightly coarser, which had been doing okay for the first 6-8 months, but now it too is so dull it is almost unusable. I am not sure if there is something specific I am using on it that is dulling it, but I mostly use the microplane for: parmesan, citrus zest, nutmeg, ginger, garlic. I can't imagine any of those things would be no-nos for a rasp.

Has anyone else had this problem with microplane? Any other brand recommendations? Microplane seems to be the gold standard in paddle / rasp graters, but I feel a little foolish going out and buying a third of the same item. Any insight appreciated!

(Link to an earlier post I wrote, when I first replaced the plastic one I had: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9827...)

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