Graters can be a workhorse in the kitchen – from grating garlic for a weeknight dinner to shaving chocolate on a beautiful dessert, we find ourselves reaching for our graters often. Certain foods and dishes require a fineness achievable only through grating, while other foods just aren’t meant to be grated. Here are 9 things you didn’t know you should be grating:
If you’re making a homemade pie crust, butter is the key ingredient and the texture of it is one of the most important pieces of the pie. For the flakiest pie crust, you’ll want thin flakes of butter. Our solution: Use a Coarse Grater for small pieces of butter to be tossed with the flour.
Have a loaf of bread on its last leg? Turn it into homemade breadcrumbs to use on these Olive Oil Brownies with Toasted Breadcrumbs from Bobby Flay or to top a Kale Caesar Salad. Using the coarse side of the Box Grater transforms the loaf into pea-size (or smaller!) crumbs perfect for toasting. Added bonus? The mess is contained in the convenient container at the base of the grater.
Have a recipe that calls for lemon zest, like these Lemon Sandwich Cookies? Use a Zester to get the fine, pith-free zest you need. The removable zester from the Box Grater allows you to zest right over a dish with ease.
Grated Potatoes, Carrots and Zucchini
To break down larger vegetables into shreds (think: potato pancakes, shredded carrots for salads and zucchini fritters), we go to out grater for help. The sharp, etched stainless steel grating surface maximizes the output of your produce.
This is an obvious one, but all of the different cheese textures a box grater can yield may come as a surprise. There’s fine parmesan (like grocery-store level fine). There’s larger shreds of hard cheeses, like cheddar and pepper jack; great for quesadillas or topping soups. And then there’s slices. Run parmesan on the slicer side of the grater for wafer-thin planks to top salads and pastas.
We like shredding apples for desserts or a delicious spiced apple shrub– a drinkable vinegar that’s a crisp, tangy picker-upper of a drink.
Cabbage for Slaw
Making a quick slaw for tacos or to add to a salad? The Box Grater should be your friend. Since cabbage can get pretty messy, the storage container helps keep things under control. For bigger jobs, we opt for our spiralizer here.
What do you like to grate?