Please observe. What is the one constant you see in all of these pictures?
O.K. I think I made that easy enough for you. Obviously the one constant in all of those pictures was chipped nails. Wait. No. It was the rasp.
Granted, a couple of the pictures were “trick” pictures. In the third photo the rasp is hiding in the background and in the final photo you can’t actually see it at all. Which made it especially tricky. But the lemon zest in the bowl was created with the rasp. And chipped nails.
If you own a kitchen but you don’t own one of these things, you’re not right in the head. Possibly shouldn’t even be operating regular kitchen equipment like wooden spoons and salt shakers.
I got mine from the originator of them, Lee Valley Tools . The tool was originally sold as a woodworking rasp. When the Lee Valley woodworker brought the tool home, his wife soon discovered it was perfect for zesting oranges. And lemons and limes. It also works to liquify garlic and grind nuts and ginger. But the best, the BEST use for this tool is with hard cheese, like Parmesan. With this rasp you will create a huge mound of cheese with a teensy piece of parmesan. HUGE I TELL YOU!
If you’re not careful you can also create a large pile of knuckle skin. Which isn’t nearly as appetizing as a huge pile of parmesan.
Oh. And I guess it’s good for rasping wood, or something too. But personally, I’d rather eat a bit pile of cheese than a big pile of wood shavings.
Thanks to Ali whose rasp picture I stole for my thumbnail picture on the home page. I didn’t tell her ’cause it’s late at night and I didn’t have time to ask for permission, which I never, EVER recommend anyone do. Stealing is bad. Unless it’s late at night and you’re really tired and it’s an especially nice picture. NO! That’s wrong. Ignore that last sentence. Stealing is bad. If Ali complains I’ll take it down. Promise.