Favorite Grating Tips for Box Graters and Rasp (Handheld) Graters
we use two types of graders in the Test
Kitchen a box grader and a rasped grader
a box grader should have a nonstick base
for stability and a comfortable handle
the Aqsa good grips box grader is the
test kitchens favorite we like its sharp
blades slim body in a queer marked
container for easy storage and cleanup
the graders large holes are good for
grading foods like soft cheeses and
vegetables the medium holes will produce
slightly smaller shreds than the larger
holes the smallest holes can be used to
create small fine shreds of foods such
as hard cheeses for safety always use a
downward motion when using a box grader
and for extra protection against scraped
knuckles use a cut-resistant glove
another grader we like to use in the
Test Kitchen is a rasp or handheld
grader our favorite is the microplane
eight and a half inch grader which
features sharp teeth a comfortable
handle and a design that’s maneuverable
over round or regular shapes beyond
zesting citrus this grader works for
small tasks such as finally grating
nutmeg garlic chocolate and hard cheeses
Cheese Grater Buyers’ Guide
Cheese is the ultimate savory food that matches well with anything. You can shred cheese using a boxed grater by moving the cheese up and down using your hands, then only your fingers once the piece is smaller. A microplane grater can also be used if the cheese you are going to be shredding is harder. A box grater should be used if the cheese you are shredding is softer such as Havarti or Mozzarella. You can use a rotary grater by putting the cheese inside and rotating the side crank to shred the cheese. These are usually safer as you don’t have to press your hands against the plates and are much more efficient. If you do not have any of these tools, you can try using a vegetable peeler, a sharp knife, or a food processor.
There are two main tools used to grate cheese, a microplane, or a boxed grater. A microplane cheese grater has a handle that attaches to a flat grate with small teeth. They are usually used for lemons or garlic but can also be used for cheese, especially hard cheeses. Hold the microplane over the board and swipe the cheese against the direction of the blades. Tap the grater lightly against the board to release all the pieces.
The second tool is a box grater has four sides, each with different sized blades. These teeth tend to be larger, so they work well with softer cheeses. Lightly coat the grater with some cooking spray and hold the grater over a bowl or on a board. Rub your cheese against the grater and move up and down until you get the desired amount.
As you probably know, grating cheese is not a difficult task, but cleaning the grater is a nightmare. The longer you wait to clean your cheese grater, the more the cheese will harden and stick to the surface of the grater. So, take a minute to clean it after you use it to save yourself the time and the hassle. If you own a dishwasher, make sure the grater can be put in, wipe the leftover bits off, and place it in to wash. You can also try dipping half a lemon in salt, and scrubbing the cheese grater with the lemon and letting it sit for a few minutes. Afterward, rinse the grater and wash it with dishwashing liquid and a cloth. Always wipe in the direction of the blades to avoid hurting yourself. You can also substitute the lemon with a potato for this trick. If you have a pastry brush handy, you can also run it along the grater to remove the bits then wash it with dishwashing liquid and a cloth.
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