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Old 05-29-2006, 01:55 PM   #11
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When I have to "grate" a lot of cheese I just throw it into the food processor with the regula blade and whirl the heck out of it.
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Old 06-08-2006, 09:02 PM   #12
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And maybe you should chew gum while you're cooking? (To solve the eating-up-the-ingredients problem.)
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Old 06-09-2006, 05:42 AM   #13
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And maybe you should chew gum while you're cooking? (To solve the eating-up-the-ingredients problem.)
LOL but I ENJOY nibbling.
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Old 06-20-2006, 04:56 AM   #14
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Hi to everyone! Parmisan cheese is good only if you use it fresh. If you use the pre-grated the flavour and taste change. It's because of the pureness of cheese: no additives or chemical ingredients.
I bought a very useful box at the IKEA store (don't know if you have it in USA, I'm Italian) which has 2 tops: one for grating, the other one to close the rest before using. If you grate too much, you've generally to use it in 2-3 days.
Otherwise you can use the blender.
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Old 06-20-2006, 07:57 AM   #15
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Why grate so much all at once? It is much better fresh grated. But for large quantities, the FP is the way. Otherwise any grater will do the job. I have all sizes, down to the Microplane which makes very fine fluffy cheese.
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Old 06-20-2006, 08:19 AM   #16
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This is a product very similar to the one Simona was suggesting (though this is not from Ikea... I looked at their site but they didn't have it online...)



However, if you need to grate "industrial" amount, food processor or mixer is definitely the way to go.
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Old 06-20-2006, 08:37 AM   #17
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if you don't own a microplane gratere, invest in one...they are the best bar none. just do it. and they come in several sizes , and I'm getting the box one too. grating cheese, zesting citris fruit, grating fresh nutmeg, whatever, get a microplane.
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Old 06-20-2006, 08:40 AM   #18
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Another vote here for the Zyliss grater.
I once caught a whiff of pre-grated parmesan - it was enough to persuade me never ever to buy it. All that effort cooking, only to douse it in essence of three-day-old sock? No thank you.
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Old 06-20-2006, 11:36 AM   #19
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The canned parmesan in the fridge is for my dogs.

The real stuff is for me. But unless I need it to look shredded (in which case I use a microplane or box grater) I use my mini food processor. So much easier.
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Old 06-20-2006, 12:44 PM   #20
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I agree that you need some type of sharp smaller grater. I was lucky in that many years ago (like 30), my mom sent me a set of "citrus" tools she got as a promotional item from Sunkist. It consisted of a mini-juicer, little screw-in juicer, rind-parer, & mini-grater for grating/zesting peel. After all this time I still have all these items & they still work great.Over the years, however, the mini-grater has spent most of its time grating parmesan rather than citrus peel.
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