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box grater vs. rotary grater?

anonymoose Mar 13, 2007 02:27 PM

I love cheese but hate the thought of catching my fingers on a grater. So here's my question for you. Which is better -- a rotary grater with a fine and coarse drum, or a box grater with a hand guard like Microplane's Better Box Grater? Thanks in advance!

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    Paul Maipork Mar 14, 2007 08:32 AM

    I dont see much use for the rotary graters. I've found they work slower than a box grater, and as mentioned, are harder to clean.

    When I'm working with cheese, I'll grab one of the following (I dont manipulate a lot of soft cheeses)
    Microplane Box Grater
    Vegtable peeler
    Paring knife
    Chop stick (great for breaking off chunks of dry cheese)

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    1. re: Paul Maipork
      MMRuth Mar 14, 2007 08:48 AM

      As someone else mentioned, I like the rotary grater for parmesan at the table. I also use a vegetable peeler for parmesan on salads. I think I have about 6 graters, including a strange round ceramic one that was supposed to be for parmesan and a couple of handled metal graters for same - in addition the rotary grater and the box grater.

      1. re: MMRuth
        justagthing Mar 14, 2007 04:42 PM

        does your round ceramic grater have holes? if not then it is probably a ginger grater.

        1. re: justagthing
          MMRuth Mar 14, 2007 04:51 PM

          Nope - I know what you are talking about but this has ceramic prongs.

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            justagthing Mar 14, 2007 04:54 PM

            sounds odd, yet interesting, but does it work?

            1. re: justagthing
              MMRuth Mar 14, 2007 05:08 PM

              Well, let's say it's the area of my kitchen with things that I don't use v. often!

    2. monkeyrotica Mar 14, 2007 08:18 AM

      Box grater for softer cheeses, microplane for harder. Rotary is just too small for either and a pain to clean. Just slow down when you get to the end of the cheese and you won't scrape them.

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        jzerocsk Mar 14, 2007 07:44 AM

        Large objects don't fit in a rotary grater...my rotary grater does not replace my flat graters.
        But the rotary grater is handy to bring to the table, and when used properly is less messy, so it's nice to have for that purpose. It works really well for hard-boiled eggs, too.

        I've never worried about grating my fingers...just be careful and don't try to grate too small of an object or go too quickly.

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          trakman Mar 13, 2007 08:05 PM

          Im also a fan of the Microplane, but have a very cheesy (excuse the pun) box grater. Use that for larger quantities. Anybody have a suggestions where to get a stronger, somewhat more substantial box grater?

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            justagthing Mar 13, 2007 06:44 PM

            I also think it depends on what you are grating.

            1. ttriche Mar 13, 2007 03:47 PM

              Microplane rules. So much more versatile.

              (If you like thin slices (of various materials including cheese) the Kyocera slicer is great too. But it does not grate in the fashion you are describing. Still an awesome tool, though.)

              1. Megiac Mar 13, 2007 03:10 PM

                I like the box grater because I can use it for other purposes as well, like grating ginger or shredding cucumbers and carrots.

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