The Micro-plane And The Reamer: Always Welcome Guests To Your Dishes

As the Spring draws near, most of the country is still in multiple feet of snow and temperatures way below 10 degrees.  So instead of making some bad remarks about the weather here in California, I thought I’d focus on some good things that are on their way.
My parents are amazing people.  They both come from farming backgrounds and although they’ve lived in the ‘burbs’ for decades they still bring a touch of country to their home.  They have two citrus trees in their back yard: one lemon and one orange.  The lemon is a huge old tree that may have been part of the original orchards that were local to this area.  The orange tree was planted by my dad in the late seventies or early eighties, and though small, is mighty in how much it produces.
A statue of St. Christopher enjoying the orange tree.
A statue of St. Christopher enjoying the orange tree.

Citrus is an amazing addition to many dishes.  If you’ve followed this blog or any others, you may have seen the use of zest quite a bit.  For a while I used extracts, but I found that many of them taste medicinal and leave an unpleasant after taste.  With the introduction of the micro-plane and the reamer I’ve added the juice and the zest to a lot of my cooking.  I’ve begun changing up sauces and condiments, like Remoulade, to adding a touch of brightness to a baked good like Citrus Cream Cheese Bars.

The micro-plane and the reamer: two excellent tools for your kitchen
The micro-plane and the reamer: two excellent tools for your kitchen

The micro-plane, although originally a carpenter’s tool for shaving wood, has become a must have for the home cook.  Not only does it zest citrus, but it also can be used as a grater for hard cheeses as well as a spice grinder for larger spices like nutmeg or ginger. These clean bright flavors add so much to multiple recipes and at a considerably low-price of $20 for each, you can include a reamer and a micro-plane into your kitchen tool arsenal.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s