There are lots of types of graters out there! Let’s review a few different types that might be useful to you in the kitchen.
Today, I’m talking all about graters. Graters are one of those kitchen tools that seems pretty straightforward, but there’s a little more to them then meets the eye. There are many different types and names for graters. So what’s the difference between them all and do you need one of each?
I’m reviewing the four basic types of graters that you see in many kitchens. In my opinion, I don’t think you need to have one of each. But it’s always good to know what tools are out there just in case you need to use one of them.
So here we go!
Box graters are great all-around kitchen tool. I use mine most often for cheese and harder vegetables. What I particularly love is the fact that you can make different sized shreds based on which side of the grater you. The grater I use even comes with an attachment that catches and measures the food you’re grating.
Also known as a rasp or open kitchen grater(something I just figured out). Handheld graters work really well for small quantities of food. If you need to grate a little cheese over a bowl of pasta or a little bit of chocolate to top a baked good, then this tool is the way to go. One disadvantage is that they only have one sized grate. But, they are much more portable when you only need a little bit of food shredded.
Zesters are for exactly what they sound like they’re for…zesting! Whether you need a little bit of citrus zest or a dusting of cinnamon, this is a great, handy tool. The actual teeth on a zester are really fine so they catch just the perfect amount of flavor for foods.
This is the grater I use the least. In fact, I don’t own one. You know at restaurants when they ask you if you’d like your dish topped with cheese? This is the type of grater they use! The block of cheese is placed in the grater and then you rotate a handle to work the grating mechanism. Very fancy and I find it easier to use a box grater at home.
There are plenty of other names for these four basic types of graters, but most are variations of the basic styles. There’s also no need to spend more than $10-$15 on any of these tools. You can find them for affordable prices and get a lot of use out of them. I get most of my grating done with a box grater, but a zester is also handy.
I hope you found this quick summary helpful! What else would y’all like to read about on Wise Kitchen Wednesday?