A cheese grater is one of the most versatile kitchen tools you can own. Check out these 10 uses for a cheese grater below. Most people only ever thing about is as a simple cheese grater, but the truth is, a cheese grater can be used for a whole lot more than just grating cheese.
10 Uses For A Cheese Grater That Will Surprise You
1.For Citrus Zest. This is my most often used tip. When I am cooking and the recipe calls for lemon, lime or orange juice, I also zest the citrus first with my food grater. The zest adds a great burst of flavor to recipes that you just can’t get from the juice alone.
2.For Nutmeg. Ever seen whole nutmeg? It looks a bit like a nut. (funny that….nutmeg) When your recipe calls for ground nutmeg, take out a nut and grate it with a cheese grater. You will be amazed at the difference in taste and never use the store bought ground stuff again!
3. Butter for Baked Goods. I love this tip. Do you need to bake and don’t want to wait for the butter to get to room temperature? No problem. Just grate the butter right into the mixing bowl. Works like a charm! I grated 1/2 stick of butter for this photo in just a few seconds and it is ready to use in a baked goods recipe right now.
4. For old soap. When your soap gets down to a size that is no longer usable in the bathroom, use the food grater to grate it into small pieces. Then melt the soap on the stove and pour into a soap mold. Presto! A new bar of soap!
5. Shredded Veggies for Salads. This one is better done with a larger grater instead of a cheese grater. Grate carrots for salads, potatoes for hash browns, zucchini for breads. Any hard veggie will work well. Grate veggies for salads with a food grater.
6. To preserve ginger. I don’t know about you, but my ginger often withers in the fridge before I use it all. The trick here is to freeze the ginger and then, when you need it, take it out, get out the cheese grater and grate away. So much easier than peeling and chopping the ginger when it is fresh. And it lasts a long time in the freezer. Just remember not to defrost it. It will get soggy. Grate it frozen.
7. To Decorate baked goods. Nothing is quite as appealing as a frosted cupcake, or cake with some grated chocolate over the top or, even fancier, chocolate curls. Or make cookies that have a powered sugar coating, and add some extra grated chocolate to give them a different look and taste. Both grated chocolate and curls are possible with a cheese grater.
8. Onions in a hurry. In a hurry and don’t want to spend the time chopping onions? Get out your food grater and grate them right into the skillet. Sure, you will have some tears, but the job will be over in a flash.
9. Minced Garlic. Don’t have a garlic press? Just peel and grate the garlic. You might want to wear some latex gloves for this. Garlic smell on the skin lasts a LONG time! If you don’t have a garlic press, a cheese grater will work just fine.
10. Fresh Bread crumbs. When your bread gets stale, toast it and then grate it with a cheese grater. Viola! Fresh breadcrumbs.
More Cheese Grater Tips And Uses
SuperEze Cheese Grater
Handheld graters are very useful to have in the kitchen as has been shown by the above list, and yet, most of us only ever think of a grater for grating cheese. You however will not be in that group any longer. You now know how versatile the best cheese grater is, and our SuperEze grater more holds its own against even commercial cheese graters. So dust off that cheese grater and start making some delicious meals now. I hope you like our tips on 10 uses for a cheese grater.
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