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Mar 16, 2011 02:55 AM

Cheese grater?

I really love to grate my own cheese. I find it melts better, I use less and it tastes better - weird I know.
There's just something with those prepackaged shredded cheeses that just makes them different.

Anyway, due to some health problems, I'm not really able to use my box grater for this as much.

Can anyone recommend a good quality shredder? Maybe even a restaurant type one (my family uses a lot of cheese, lol.) I can easily get to a restaurant supply store, so that's not a problem.


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  1. If you can afford it, a Cuisinart food processor locked and loaded with the grating disc is the answer. It can grate pounds effortlessly, and faster than fast.

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    1. re: eight_inch_pestle

      I'm with eightinch....and there's nothing weird about grating cheese I would say most hounds do it themselves. Oh, and by the way, get your family to do the cheese grating!

    2. I have a vintage Mouli grater (purchased on, but new rotary graters are comparable and easy to find. With either type, you just put in the cheese and turn a hand crank: this grater requires a smaller range of motion and shreds cheese much better than a box grater. I absolutely love mine; as a bonus, it also looks great.

      1. "...due to some health problems, I'm not really able to use my box grater for this as much."

        Do you mind telling us what's wrong? I only know that box graters are made of stainless steel. If you're allergic to stainless steel, that could be a game changer.

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        1. re: cutipie721

          Oh no, I'm not allergic or anything like that. I just can't use my hands that much for an extended period time, I have some nerve damage and muscle problems.

          1. re: swurvestar

            are you thinking of a crank style or going electric?

            1. re: MOSFET

              I think I'm leaning towards electric.