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Old 02-23-2005, 11:30 AM   #1
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Any tips on cleaning a box grater?

It's just one of those things that's up there with cleaning windows on my list. No matter how much I work at it there's always a bit of something left in a little nook or cranny. I grated a cup of Fontina with it over the weekend and scrubbed and scrubbed, gave up and ran it through the dishwasher and it's still not completely Fontina-free!

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Old 02-23-2005, 02:32 PM   #2
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Gezzzzz PA..........maybe try putting it in a large pan of soapy water and putting it on the stove. Let the water boil for awhile. Other then this I have not clue other than pitch it
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Old 02-23-2005, 02:36 PM   #3
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Have you tried a brush? A toothbrush may work.
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Old 02-23-2005, 02:59 PM   #4
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Quote:
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Have you tried a brush? A toothbrush may work.
I was thinking about that this afternoon, actually. I'll give it a try tonight (what a thrilling life I lead! :roll: ). Thanks!
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Old 02-24-2005, 12:06 AM   #5
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I have a nylon bristle scrub brush and don't have any problem - no matter how soft the cheese.

First - I run hot tap water over it until the metal gets hot (that softens the cheese) ... then scrub the inside. Then, I scub the outside going across the graters from side to side (not up-down like I would if I was grating something). Then, I give it one last internal scrubbing. It doesn't matter which direction you scrub on the inside since it's not a sharp grating surface.
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Old 02-24-2005, 11:41 AM   #6
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I would try a little oil on it before I use it.
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Old 02-25-2005, 08:32 AM   #7
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I'm firmly in the hot water/toothbrush camp. Old toothbrushes never die, they get bleached and become cleaning implements. Around the faucets and drain with CLR. Those little odd places that gather food on your food processor, grater, etc. Now that we use electric toothbrushes, I just go to the dollar store and buy them for so little it is ridiculous. But cheese's worst enemy is very hot water. Having no children, I've always had my water heater set very high, and even have been known to be able to fix instant coffee, cocoa, and tea with faucet water when the electricity goes out (assuming gas hot water, electric stove, which has been a combo for much of my life).
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Old 02-26-2005, 05:10 AM   #8
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Yep, always have a sink brush or tooth brush on hand for those hard to clean areas. Yes and spraying does help to keep the foods from sticking bad. :D
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Old 03-12-2005, 07:54 AM   #9
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I spray it with cooking spray (Pam) before using - be sure to spray the inside too. After grating I put soap in the sink and run the grater under hot water, wiping occasionally. After the water in the sink is high enough, I let it soak for an hour or so. Any residue left will usually come clean fairly easily with a light scrubbing. If not, it goes in the dishwasher. I love Fontina, but its texture makes it one of the problem cheeses for grater residue.
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Old 03-12-2005, 10:30 AM   #10
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a toothbrush!!!!! what is this, the army? drop and give me 20 you maggots!!!!!!
buy a bottle brush pab. it'll save you some time.
SIR! YES, SIR!!!!!!

what's our favorite kind of cheese
we eat fontina when we please
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