Make The Kitchen Grate Again

A subject I haven’t touched on and really, doesn’t get much attention in the world of cooking is a grater. They are oh so necessary to grate cheese – hard or soft. They are convenient for grating whole spices like nutmeg. They are handy for small jobs like shredding carrots or ginger root. 

There are hundreds of different types of graters that are available these days. A website I found with a large selection is Alibaba. Fun to look around at the variety.

Now you will be telling me that food processors can do all that, and yes they can! Usually better than the human hand (parts of which may get shredded into the ingredients). But there’s something kinesthetic about having this utensil in your hand and working over the food to create perfection in the grated results. I’ve found microplanes to be so handy for small jobs and even bigger jobs in some cases. 

If you don’t have a food processor, here is a review of a few

I’ve gone through three food processors over the years. I do work them to death, literally! The latest model of food processor that graces my kitchen (KitchenAid) seems to be holding its own – at least at the moment. It helps that I have a few other options for food prep which may ease some of the constant use this kitchen appliance might otherwise get. 

I use my VitaMix to grate food too. I know it might seem like a stretch, but if you’ve ever watched a demo on this appliance you will see how easy it is. The VitaMix has a grain attachment to grate coffee beans, and food like crackers and bread into crumbs. You can even grate carrots and onions, but that is a little more complicated to do. Raw Blend has a short video on grating you can check out. I prefer to process those vegetables with the KitchenAid food processor. 

The old standby box grater still has a place in my kitchen. I can’t bear to part with it. I also have a flat version of the box grater that comes in handy from time-to-time. For small jobs, the hand-held graters get the most use these days. 

I don’t categorize spiralizers and mandolins in the “grater” classification, although some might. To me, that’s a whole other gadget area I haven’t spent time studying….. yet. So many gadgets, so little time.  

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