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Old 12-19-2012, 08:46 AM   #1
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ISO proper way to use hand-held box grater

how is one to use a box grate? I mean how do you position the food ,do u use the long side or a short side of food .....if it was a block of cheese? does it not matter? also if cut cabbage in wedges ,again which way would u put cabbage against the grater? or really any type of food, is there a wrong and right way to place food up against the grater? thank you. If you rub the cut side of food only on the box grater, what happens if you dont have a cut side ,like a whole potato.

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Old 12-19-2012, 09:12 AM   #2
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It would depend on the texture you are going for. I grate the short side because I want shorter pieces of cheese, not longer strands.
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:15 AM   #3
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It's not critical. It's important you have a good grip on the food and can move it up and down the grater. You don't really want to have the food wider than the grater because you'll grate a groove in the food.
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:30 AM   #4
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The correct grip and orientation are those that result in a maximum of grated food product and a minimum of grated finger.


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Old 12-19-2012, 09:43 AM   #5
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I quit using box graters a while back. For me, the microplanes work much better. What they won't do a mandoline or sharp knife will.
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Old 12-19-2012, 10:25 AM   #6
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If I'm grating a block of cheese I start off on a corner. As it gets grated down, I rotate the cheese to keep a shorter side against the grater.
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Old 04-29-2013, 10:50 AM   #7
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Hi

I have been using the box grater now for awhile and still cant get the shreds all the same length. If i grate cheese or whatever,nothing works. For some things i have it wants the shreds to be the same length. Is there something special you have to do to get this to happen? holding the food wrong,or is this always going to happen using a box grater,bec. of the multiple holes on the course side? Will it always have different size shred lengths?
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I have never given a thought to equal length shreds for cheese or anything else. I'd guess it's impossible to obtain.

After safety, the only thing you really need to think about is the thickness of the shreds. You just have to choose the proper side of the grater to get that.

Forget about shred length.
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I have been using the box grater now for awhile and still cant get the shreds all the same length. If i grate cheese or whatever,nothing works. For some things i have it wants the shreds to be the same length. Is there something special you have to do to get this to happen? holding the food wrong,or is this always going to happen using a box grater,bec. of the multiple holes on the course side? Will it always have different size shred lengths?
I know exactly what you are talking about !

The way I do it is to cut whatever I am shredding into a square or rectangle.

Then hold it safely and grate in one direction - either up or down and not both - and do not turn the item. When what you are holding become too small for safety, get another piece cut the same size and start again.
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:27 AM   #10
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so,with carrots or really any food you stay in one direction. i was turning the food all different ways now i know ..thanks. quick question .... the way you angle your food could have a play with the length of shreds too?
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