Kitchen gadgets come in all shapes and sizes, but it's the ones that try harder that stick out. The importance in that can be found in what they try to do. Sometimes it makes sense: think food processors with differing blades and stand mixers with attachment collections. But occasionally one comes along that tries to integrate two seemingly disparate tasks into one package. Yet, when an everyday gadget gets paired with a not-so-everyday task, everybody wins.
Preshredded cheese may seem like a benefit, but in reality nothing compares with cheese that has been freshly (or at least recently) grated.
Those convenient bags found hanging in the grocery aisles? They contain fillers designed to keep the cheese from caking. Edible? Yes. Delicious? Not so much. We can do better. And that includes how we grate the cheese.
The Quirky GRP-1-CW1 Grip Grater Cheese Grater updates the old-timey kitchen classic and affords it some additional utility. Instead of four separate sides that each has its own different grate size, this deconstructed new model uses one folding base unit … Read more
As a finishing touch to the creation of a meal, topping the plate with freshly grated cheese is an action that produces delicious results. Yet that doesn't mean it is the most graceful of maneuvers--or one that is always remembered. After all, it is easy to overlook something that could be considered an extra. But when it comes to pizza, pasta, or vegetables, a shower of cheese can make the difference between a good meal and a great one.
The Acacia Box Cheese Grater was inspired by a hard-cheese grater from Italy. It comes with two stainless-steel blades that you can switch out--one is meant for hard cheeses, while the other is meant for soft. The box is constructed from Malaysian acacia, which is a renewable wood. Each grater is unique, due to the light and dark contrasting grains in the wood. It has an internal drawer that catches cheese as you grate it and which can be easily emptied into a bowl. If you'd rather, you can even serve cheese in the box since it's so … Read more
I rely on my Microplane for grating anything small: garlic cloves, a little Parmesan cheese, and even chocolate. But for bigger grating jobs, it just isn't robust enough. The Microplane Box Grater offers a step up. If I want to grate potatoes or cheese, it offers a solid tool that can grate, zest, or even slice. The box grater includes four surgical stainless steel blades that are mounted on the box with a stabilizing comfort-grip handle. It also comes with a protective storage cover that will keep your fingers safe when you're digging around in your kitchen drawers. … Read more
Although the Progressive Grate-and-Store comes with a few more parts than a box grater, they add up to a better hold. The set of five pieces provides for a no-mess grating experience, as well as an easy way to store any extra cheese or other ingredients that you may have shredded to excess. The Grate-and-Store comes with three grater surfaces--fine, medium, and Parmesan grater/shaker--each of which can snap on to the base. The base doubles as a bowl and has volume markings up the side that will allow you to measure how much you grate at a glance. The … Read more
When it comes to grating Parmesan cheese, I like my Microplane grater. It produces a much smaller shred than others do, but I have had a few run-ins between the Microplane and my knuckles. The 2-in-1 Rotary Grater, also from Microplane, offers a way to get that same fine shred without endangering your digits. Simply place the cheese against the outside of the grater and hold it in place with the grip. As you turn the ergonomically-designed crank arm, the grater turns against the cheese. You can quickly build up a pile of shredded cheese without the work necessary to … Read more
Cooking is an active sport; some might say a contact sport. No matter if you are nimble on your feet in the kitchen or if you steam your way through like you're inside of a pressure cooker, one thing for certain is that when a chef is in his or her element, time races by. For the hungry, this can only be a good thing, but for those who appreciate the elegant dance of the kitchen, having a helping hand can make things go a lot smoother.
In general, I'm against keeping mice in my kitchen, but I'm happy to make an exception for the Animal House Mouse Cheese Grater. This grater uses the shape of the mouse to provide an ergonomic grip on the grater that will protect your fingers, and it doubles as a bowl where all the cheese you grate collects. The grater is removable so that you can access the cheese and even use the mouse as a serving bowl. The Mouse Cheese Grater comes with a plastic lid, so that you can use the mouse to store your extra grated … Read more
The kitchen can be a dangerous place. Sharp knives and tools lurk around every corner. Electrical outlets harbor gadgets and gizmos tantalizingly close to the kitchen sink. Even a simple thing such as grating cheese can become a delicate process when you consider how close your fingers come when you are grating the last nub of cheese. Faced with a room full of peril-in-waiting, it is comfortable to note that at least in the case of cheese graters, scratched knuckles and nicked fingers can finally relax.