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Cheese Grater Buying Advice

A cheese grater is a cooking tool or utensil used to grate cheese into fine strips or powder. One of the most common cheese graters is the one which is called a box cheese grater. This is the largely cowbell-shaped device found in most kitchens for many and many years. Each side of a box grater has a different blade arrangement, from a long horizontal slicer to the knuckle-busting shredder and finally to the coarse and fine graters for hard cheeses and spices. These box cheese graters are held firmly over a clean, dry surface while the user scrapes the cheese or spice against one of the sides. The grated product is usually contained inside the box until ready for transfer. Box cheese graters do a fair job for most cheeses, but they can get clogged over time and accidental scrapes and cuts are common.

Cheese Grater
Mandolin cheese grater: It has one flat panel with a variety of grating blades and slicers. One advantage mandolin cheese graters have is portability -- cheeses can be grated directly over a sauce pan, for example. A major drawback with mandolin cheese graters is a lack of sturdiness. Some users find it difficult to keep these cheese graters steady with one hand while grating cheeses with the other. One slip can lead to injury of your fingers. Plane cheese graters: This grater resembles files or rasps, with a comfortable handle and a semi-circular grating surface. The user holds the grater in his or her weaker hand and a hard block of cheese in the other. The idea is to scrape the cheese across the blades of the grater and allow flakes of cheese to fall into the food. Most users of plane cheese graters protect their fingers by wrapping a clean kitchen towel around the cheese.

Rotary cheese graters: It may be manual or electric, but both work on the same principle. A hard block of cheese is placed into a small chamber on the outside of the grater and pressed against a circular grating blade. A hinged handle keeps the cheese securely positioned as the user either manually turns a side-mounted handle or activates an electric motor. The blade rotates around the outside of a hollow area, allowing the grated cheese to fall into the middle. The cheese shavings can then be sprinkled over food or added to a dish as it cooks.

Electric cheese grater: It is much quicker to grate cheese when you don't have to watch your fingers. Do it with an electric cheese grater, you'll be able to grate hard cheeses, nuts, chocolates and coconut completely, with no waste, and without worrying about scraped fingers. Just place the food inside, then press the top button for finely-grated foods with minimum effort. The stainless steel body is beautiful and it last long time too. Stainless steel blade could be removed easily for washing and maintaining.

Buying Tips:
Every model of cheese grater has its advantages and disadvantages. Select according to your cooking styles and cooking habits. Its quality, shape, and weight also influence people’s decisions. Rotary cheese graters are not necessarily better or easier than box cheese graters, and certain mandolin graters may be sturdier than some plane cheese graters. Decide what your specific cooking needs are and then purchase yours accordingly.



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