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box grater vs. rotary grater?

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

    1. 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. I also think it depends on what you are grating.

        1. 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?

          1. 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.

            1. 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.

              1. 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

                  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

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

                    1. re: justagthing

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

                      1. re: MMRuth

                        sounds odd, yet interesting, but does it work?

                        1. re: justagthing

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