The Basics: Box Grater


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Box Grater

A box grater is a useful kitchen tool everyone should have that makes shredding cheese, vegetables & even frozen butter for pastry applications a snap. Each side offers different sized holes that deliver the perfect result depending on what is being grated & it’s connected at the top with a handle to keep it sturdy while the task is set in motion. The large holes are ideal for grating semi-hard cheeses such as Monterey Jack that may be used for authentic Mexican cuisine specialties ranging from quesadillas, burritos, enchiladas to more general classic favorites such as squash casserole, lasagna, pimiento cheese & pizza. The smallest holes of a box grater make grating horseradish & ginger root a cinch. Learn how to use & care for this valuable tool.

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How To Use & Care For Box Graters

When entertaining is in order, a box grater makes cheese toppings so much easier to prepare as in the case of Authentic Beef Enchiladas. Although many types of shredded cheeses are available in convenient pouches ready for use, they are coated with anti caking agents which don’t always yield the creamiest result once melted. Take the extra minute or two to grate your own when you can. 


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Allow cheeses to stand at room temperature for 20 minutes. Place the box grater over a sturdy cutting board. Unwrap the cheese & run it down the large holes of the box grater whilst holding the handle in order to stabilize it. Measure the amount needed, then wrap the cheese in it’s original packaging & slip the unused portion in a zip-tip bag, press all of the air out & seal. Store in the coldest part of the refrigerator. To clean the box grater, swipe the surface with a kitchen brush under cold water to remove any residue on the inside & the outside of the tool. Place the box grater in the dishwasher & run on a normal cycle. Dry the grater well before storing to prevent rust. 

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