Most of us have a cheese or food grater in our kitchens. It’s an essential item.
But most people still have to deal with little bugbears, such as grated cheese or food spilling everywhere, cheese sticking to the grates when grating, and of course, the pain of accidentally grating your knuckles or fingers!
We’ve put together a step-by-step guide that will eliminate all the typical grating issues.
1) Choose the correct grate size
Most problems are eliminated when you choose the correct grate. The Chef Remi Cheese Grater comes with 2 sized grates.
Choose the coarse grate for semi-hard cheeses, such as Cheddar, as well as most vegetables, such as potatoes for making hash browns.
Choosing a fine grate for these items will not only cause a lot of mess, the foods may stick to the grates, which is when accidents can happen, such as knuckles getting cut.
Use the fine grate for hard cheeses, such as parmesan, for zesting lemons and limes, or for grinding fresh ginger or spices.
2) Keep the food item at a medium size
Trying to grate small bits of food is the fast track to cutting fingers. You want foods to be large enough to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand.
If the food item is too large, you will also run into problems as your hand cannot control the pressure on the grates correctly.
So cut it down to a size that’s comfortable for your grating hand.
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3) Spray the grates lightly with cooking oil
It’s the jarring motion of cheese or vegetables sticking on the grates that can cause finger scrapes.
Limit this by covering the grates with a fine mist of cooking spray. You’ll find your food items glide over the grates without sticking to them.
4) Grate into a container to limit mess
If you have a standard box grater, place it inside a large shallow dish. After grating, you can lift the grater and the food will spill out into the container, instead of spilling out onto a flat surface where it can spread out.
Or opt for a cheese grater with an attachable container, which not only eliminates grated foods from spilling out, it also acts as a storage unit to store directly into a fridge or cupboard.
5) Grate cheese in an up and down motion
Many people will grate in just one direction. This makes your task longer. So long as you have got a good quality grater with sharp grates, you will be able to grate in both directions.
Once the food item becomes small from grating, if you don’t have any other purpose for it and don’t wish to waste it, switch to grating it using the palm of your hands, instead of your fingers.
This will stop finger scrapes from happening.
6) Use your fingers to dislodge stuck foods on the underside of the grate (ONLY do this with horizontal graters)
With good quality horizontal graters that attach to a container, the underside of the grate will be completely smooth.
If there is grated cheese or vegetables stuck, you can simply run your finger over the underside to dislodge the foods so you don’t waste any.
Do not do this with a box grater!
Chances are your hand is too big to fit inside the box grater, and you may also have a grater where the underside is a little sharp, leading to cuts.
Instead, use a knife to reach inside and dislodge food. This is not as efficient as using your fingers on a horizontal grater, but at least you’re still saving some food!
Use the above tactics, and you’ll find that your grating is a lot faster, as well as a lot safer.
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