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Old 03-12-2008, 02:03 PM   #1
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Need a cheese grater

I had some of that Argentinian Reggianito (was that it?, I threw the label away...) the other night and it was really good. Very tasty. The only thing I didn't like was the smallest holes on my cheese grater still left the cheese in strands like "taco cheese".
Do they make a cheese grater that gives you more of a powdered cheese, or is there a technique I don't know? I see they sell fresh grated cheese in the store that looks powdered....
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Old 03-12-2008, 02:04 PM   #2
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Try a very fine microplane grated.
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I've burned thru 2 Salad Shooters (in 15 years, they last pretty long)... I love them for grating cheese, also potatoes for pancakes.
They do have an attachment for "powdering" it.... at least thats what I always call it.
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Old 03-12-2008, 02:39 PM   #4
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I had some of that Argentinian Reggianito (was that it?, I threw the label away...) the other night and it was really good. Very tasty. The only thing I didn't like was the smallest holes on my cheese grater still left the cheese in strands like "taco cheese".
Do they make a cheese grater that gives you more of a powdered cheese, or is there a technique I don't know? I see they sell fresh grated cheese in the store that looks powdered....
Most 4-sided box graters have a side that will grate a very hard cheese like you want it.

A food processor can do this too.

A microplane will give you very fine strands which melt quickly.
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Old 03-12-2008, 02:49 PM   #5
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Microplane..... I'll have to look that one up.
A salad shooter sounds nice, but I don't need another kitchen gadget. I would probably only use it for the cheese. and that wouldn't be very often.
My grater(s) came in a three pack at Wally World, but I did look at an item labeled a cheese grater at the grocery store today. It looked like some kind of specialty item, but it did not appear to have any smaller a hole than the one I used. I was wondering if a zester might work better, but I didn't see one at the store to compare....
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Old 03-12-2008, 02:49 PM   #6
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I'm not a fan of the microplanes. I have one for grating and one for zesting, and have had some near misses and tiny cuts because they are so narrow. I picked up a wider one from BBB that works like a charm. Looks something like this. I have also used the rotary ones like Olive Garden (may have gotten it from there) that make 'fluffy' mounds of cheesy goodness.
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Old 03-12-2008, 03:05 PM   #7
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That's what the cheese grater in the store looked like. Like a miniature grater with a handle, but the holes appeared they would leave slivers of cheese instead of the powder I'm after.
Maybe I should start buying the cheese the store already has grated into a powder..... or go back to the green tube
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Old 03-12-2008, 03:16 PM   #8
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Please don't revert to pregrated cheese from the store or the can!

Why do you want it in powder form????

And if you insist on powder, your food processor can make it for you, like I said before. Do it on an as-you-need-it basis.
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Old 03-12-2008, 04:43 PM   #9
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NO, NO, NOT THE GREEN BOX!!!!!

Do get a microplane. I buy that Argentinian Parmesan, and I use a microplane that I bought at the hardware store. (They were originally developed for use on wood.)

It makes quick work of the hardest cheese--even the rind--and turns it into "snow".

The food store Microplanes come in a number of different styles, but you may get a better price at the hardware store.
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Old 03-12-2008, 05:53 PM   #10
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OK. I'll check the hardware store in town here tonight or tomorrow for a microplane.

I don't know why I want it powdered.... maybe because that's what I'm used to? It just seemed like it took forever to get a layer of cheese on my spaghetti the other night using a conventional grater with the smaller holes. I was thinking of doing some up ahead of time to have ready, but figured the cheese slivers would clump up even though it is a much drier cheese than cheddar.

And no food processor.
And I don't plan on getting one! The last thing I need is to haul out a food processor so I can have a few spoonfuls of cheese on my pasta, then have to break it down to clean it
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