Most of us have a box grater in our kitchens. It’s an essential item, especially when it comes to grating cheese.
However, little did I know that it can do so much more. In fact, I’ve recently learnt that grating cheese on a box grater isn’t even all that efficient!
Cheese has a habit of spilling everywhere, and it has a tendency to stick to grates, which can lead to accidentally grating your knuckles or fingers!
I much prefer using a cheese grater with snap-on container to contain the mess.
If you still want to use your box grater as a cheese grater, then I recommend you spray the grates with some cooking oil first.
You’ll find that the cheese glides more easily over the grates without sticking to them (I can’t help you with the mess though!)
My box grater gets used all the time in my kitchen, now that I know exactly how to use each and every grate.
I’ve put together a step-by-step guide that will show you how to get the most out of your humble box grater.
1) Use the large grate for shredding cabbage, potato, etc
The large grates are fantastic for quickly shredding large vegetables – much more efficient than using a knife.
I used to buy pre-made hash browns. Now I just use my box grater to quickly shred fresh potatoes……both my 11 year old daughter and my partner agree that homemade hash browns are so much tastier than the shop bought ones!
2) Use the medium grate for mincing onions, grating carrot etc
The medium sized grate on a box grater is perfect for creating smaller cuts of food. I love mincing onions!
Yes, I need to get my goggles out as grating does release even more of the gas that causes watery eyes, but I can grate through several onions in under 5 minutes.
I used to hate how long it would take me to finely slice and mince onions using a knife!
3) Use the zesting side grate for mincing garlic, ginger, spices etc or for zesting citrus fruit
I used to hate mincing garlic with a knife. I love how using the fine zesting grate quickly minces up garlic into a mush.
Perfect for adding to homemade tomato sauces or bologna, without someone accidentally getting a big ‘hit’ of garlic because I didn’t mince finely enough using a knife!
4) Use the ‘mandolin’ side grate to thinly and evenly slice cucumbers, zucchinis etc
I never used to know what those side blades on a box grater were for. They’re actually a mini mandolin!
Unless you’re a real pro with a great chef’s knife, and can create vegetable slices that are just a couple of millimeters thick, you’ll be hard pressed to beat the ultra-thin slices you can create with the mandolin grate.
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