The cheese grate is probably one of the ubiquitous household gadgets to ever be made. Just about every kitchen has one, even though not everyone puts them to much use. And a reason why many people don’t even both to use these graters is that they don’t really know how to properly use them. After all, cheese graters don’t come with instruction manuals, do they?

Because many people don’t know how they should properly use their cheese grater it just sits in their junk drawer or in a cabinet collecting dust. Those really aren’t places where it’s going to do much good. That’s why we wanted to take the opportunity and spend some time talking about these wonderful kitchen gadgets. If you’re game, we’d love for you to come along with us as we explore the ins and outs of this product.

An Easier Way To Use A Box Cheese Grater

We think it’s safe to say that just about everyone has seen box cheese graters. These are tools that are usually set on the counter, held with one hand, and then the cheese is grated on it by rubbing it in an up-and-down fashion. That’s how it’s been used for generations. After testing several methods of grating cheese, however, we think that might not be the most effective way to use it.

A better way to use it is to lay it on its side and then rub the cheese in a side-to-side motion. This way makes it easier on the person’s arms and prevents the grater from moving back and forth. Yes, you’ve read that right. You should grate cheese on the box grate in a side to side motion while the grater is laid flat on the counter.

Something else that can be done to ensure that the cheese grating goes well is to spray the outside of the grater with cooking spray. That will lubricate the surface and keep everything moving well. It will also ensure that you don’t have to spend a huge amount of elbow grease just to get some grated cheese done.

An Easier Way To Clean A Cheese Grater

It doesn’t matter if you purchase the best cheese grater in the world, it’s still going to be a pain to clean. All of those little holes get clogged up with cheese that almost seems impossible to remove. Sometimes even throwing the cheese grater into the dishwasher isn’t enough to get it clean. But we have a solution to that problem. And that solution is to use a toothbrush.

It doesn’t matter if you’re using a box grater, or one of those fancy Microplane cheese graters, a toothbrush will clean both of them. A toothbrush and a little soapy dishwater and those cheese graters come clean pretty quickly.

Other Uses For Cheese Graters

Since we’re on the subject of cheese graters, we might as well do a deep dive on them. Don’t you agree? We need to take the time to talk about everything that these graters can do, even though their name implies that they are merely a one-trick pony. Below are some of the other things that cheese graters can be used for—besides grating cheese.

Grated Chocolate

We bet that you probably haven’t thought about using your cheese grater to grate chocolate for use on sundaes, ice cream cones, or even on iced coffee drinks. We’ve seen people purchased pre-grated chocolate for their desserts when they could easily make their own using a bar of chocolate and their handy-dandy box grater.

Crushed Tomatoes

A lot of people also go out of their way to buy crushed tomatoes. Unfortunately, canned crushed tomato is also precooked, so it’s not exactly what a lot of people want for their fresh tomato sauces. And that’s not even mentioning the fact that canned tomatoes tend to be higher in sodium. A better way to crush tomatoes would be used a cheese grater held over a container. That makes perfect crushed tomatoes every single time.

Zesting Lemons & Limes

There are plenty of recipes that call for the zesting of lemons and limes, more than what we could even count. Using your favorite Microplane grater or even a box grater is a great way to remove the zest from citrus fruits to spice up recipes that call on citrus zest.

Shredding Apples

The box grater can also be used to shred apples. Shredded apples are great for adding to bread, puddings, or even as garnishes on salads. And once you start shredding apples, we feel that you might want to continue to shred apples from here on out.

Making Breadcrumbs

Of course, not only can cheese get grated, but bread can be grated, too. Using your box grater is a great way for making breadcrumbs for stuffing. You can also use the grater to make breadcrumbs for a variety of desserts as well.

Shredding Butter

Why would you use a cheese grater to shred butter? It’s because thin slices of butter are perfect for making those flaky pie crusts. Use the coarse side of the grater to make small pieces that can be mixed into the flour for the pie crust.

As you can probably see, cheese graters are not only simple to use and to clean, but they’re also very versatile. That’s why we urge all of our readers to bring that cheese grater out of their junk drawer and put it to work in their kitchens. Once these kitchen tools are put to work, we’re sure they’re going to become the preferred tool of anyone cooking in the kitchen.