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Kraft parmesan packaged in disposable grater

Has anyone else seen this? I found it once at one grocery, and it has been a good compromise between buying chunks of parmesan, which always either went bad (dried out) before getting eaten or were eaten so fast I thought I'd go bankrupt. Yeah, I don't suppose the cheese in the Kraft plastic disposable grater is first rate, but it's better than the pre-grated kind, and because you have to grate as you eat, it is not as likely to be eaten with a spoon and bankrupt me. For putting on spaghetti with tomato sauce, it is perfect for my family. But now I can't find it any more! I'm about to take my empty grater to the grocery and beg the manager to order more.

(And don't give me instructions on how to wrap the chunks of cheese to keep them from getting dry, please; I know perfectly well, I just can't enforce it on teenagers.)

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  1. Nasty stuff and it comes out to be more expensive than better quality parmesan or pecorino romano. The kraft krap costs around $12 a lb. ($4.99 for 7 ounces) Buy a parmesan grater and real parmesan. And I know that you say not to tell you how to wrap cheese but is it so hard to have teens put it back in a zip lock bag?

    1. I agree with the above comment. I just put my parmesan in the freezer. Doesn't dry out.

      1. I think it was America's Test Kitchen that did a tasting of different versions of Parmigiano Reggiano and their tasting concluded that if you are using it to grate over pasta, rather than to eat out of hand, some supermarket varieties that cost half as much as "true" parmigiano is sufficient. If I remember correctly, what they found was that some of the benefits of aged imported parm. are the crystals and texture that form from aging, but that these benefits are lost when grated. So you can compromise and buy domestic supermarket variety parmigiano. I think they recommended the DiGiorno brand. Maybe you can find the tasting results online.

        1. Hard aged cheeses don't need to be frozen as they will generally only get better with age in your fridge. I don't understand how you say they dry out unless there's something wrong with how it's packaged.

          JMF is right in that the Kraft stuff is way more expensive than the real thing. You'll probably come out even buying the better stuff even if you end up disposing of some of it.

          1. It's not clear to me that any of you have seen the kind of cheese I am talking about. Not the pre-ground almost powdered stuff that has been for sale for decades. I'm talking about a new product that I only saw once, about a month ago. It was a chunk of parmesan encased in a disposable grater. You twist the bottom to grate it. You snap the cap back on to store it in the fridge. Now it doesn't seem to be in my store any more, it's vanished.

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            1. re: Anne H

              Perhaps you should try to contact Kraft and ask them if they still make it and what stores sell it.

              1. re: pescatarian

                I just saw it in my store last week -- and since we're always the last to get ANYTHING new (down here in very rural western Kentucky) I'm not sure what that means. I didn't buy it since I prefer Locatelli romano fresh-grated to Parmesan, and always buy that whenever I can find it . . .

              2. re: Anne H

                You're talking about this, right?

                http://www.slashfood.com/2007/02/21/k...

                From a cost perspective, it's more expensive than any decent parmesian reggiano wedge you can buy and grate yourself. From an ecological perspective, the grater isn't reusable, so it ends up in the landfill. From a flavor perspective, it's loaded with cellulose (i.e., sawdust). I figure they pulled it because it isn't selling well. Or maybe it's selling TOO well and they can't keep it in stock!

                And when my parmesian/romano/gruyere gets hard, I know it's time to make some minestrone or french onion soup!

                1. re: Anne H

                  And those containers were unable to be re-used, so you're paying (mostly) for a one-time use product, and tossing it into the trash when it was finished.

                  1. I tried it, thought it would be good for my young kids to grate their own. WRONG, hard to grate, not much taste, it lead to a lot of frustration during dinner. Had to break it open to get the rest of the cheese out. I am sticking to my zyliss grater and chunk parmesean. Agree with the landfill-waste issue.

                    1. If you have one nearby, I believe Trader Joe's is carrying a disposable grater with cheese nowadays.