04/21/2014 07:00 am ET Updated Jul 08, 2014

Here's Every Way A Microplane Will Make Your Life So Much Easier

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Let us start by saying that this is not an advertisement of any sort. It is just one home cooks love for a simple, but amazing, kitchen gadget.

There are some tools that are absolutely essential in a kitchen. A pot. A pan. A set of knives. You can't do much cooking if you don't have the basic utensils. Then there are some kitchen items that don't seem necessary at all -- but totally are.

The microplane is one of those gadgets that appears superfluous, especially if you already have a cheese grater or just a really sharp knife, but it is absolutely not. A microplane will make your cooking life a million times better. Or at least 10 times better -- one time for all the things it can perfectly grate.

We know we're not alone in our hatred of chopping garlic. It sticks to our fingers. It makes our hands smell bad. And it just takes FOREVER. But with the microplane, mincing (or really, grating) garlic is done in mere seconds. THIS IS NOT AN EXAGGERATION. The microplane makes mincing garlic so simple that you will find yourself adding garlic to everything -- which is a very good thing. And that's just the beginning. Here are 10 reasons that everyone should own a Microplane. (And guys, it costs under $15.)

  • 1 Citrus Fruit
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    Lemons, limes, grapefruit, whatever. It works so much better than a zester.
  • 2 Parmesan
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    (Or other hard Italian cheese.) The microplane will give you what we like to call parmesan snow... it's something you want to get to know.
  • 3 Ginger
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    Freeze it. Then grate it.
  • 4 Chocolate
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    Think chocolate-flavored pixie dust.
  • 5 Nutmeg
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    Fresh nutmeg is so much better than pre-ground nutmeg.
  • 6 Cinnamon Sticks
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  • 7 Lemongrass
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    Freeze it first to make zesting easy.
  • 8 Chiles
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  • 9 Horseradish
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    You don't know how good horseradish can be until you've had it freshly microplaned.
  • 10 Garlic
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    You need to try this. It will change everything.

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