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Jul 18, 2012 12:14 PM

Carrot grating technique

I use a conventional four-sided hand grater for carrots. The grated threads come out shorter than I would like--not even half an inch. Is the problem in how I am using the grater, or am I using the wrong tool? What would work better? If I could grate them fine but have them be about an inch long, that would be perfect. Any ideas? Thank you.

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  1. Grate the sides of the carrots, not the ends. I use a box grater, too. Cut carrots to the lenght you want the shreds. Then just hold them parallel to the grater.

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    1. re: wyogal

      Yes.....agree w/ wyogal,that's how I do it too for longer shreds.

    2. I much prefer the shreds from my food processor than the box grater, plus it's sooooo fast!

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      1. re: pine time

        Me too. I don't lose a nail that way either ;)

        1. re: pine time

          I also use my food processor, and I actually find that if I don't want long shreds, I need to cut the carrot into short pieces before putting it into the feed tube. Cut it into 3-inch lengths and drop them in the tube, and your shreds will be long.

          1. re: pine time

            Another vote for the food processor.

          2. I think a box grater will always give you shorter or mixed length shreds due to the multiple holes stacked one on top of another and the spacing of the holes. I don't think the shreds could be any longer than the space between one hole and the next hole. If you want a fixed length shred, cut the carrot into the lengths you want and use a mandolin.

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            1. re: janniecooks

              Not true. One can get longer shreds than the spacing of the holes. The next hole slices a layer under the cut from the hole above it.

              1. re: wyogal

                You know, I was turning this over in my head trying to figure out whether that's true or not. Consider that when the second hole or row of holes grabs the carrot after the first row of holes, there is no more carrot for the first hole to continue to grab, right? Is it possible for the carrot that enters into the first hole to continue to come from the carrot being rubbed against the grater? I'm think not, I think the carrot gets cut off as soon as the second hole grabs it, but am certainly open to correction if explained.

                1. re: janniecooks

                  Try it. It grabs the area underneath, where the layer being cut by the top hole has exposed....
                  Just try it.
                  Look at the inside of the grater as you are grating... I just took pics and will post them soon.

                  1. re: wyogal

                    Right. It's a whole new layer that's getting grabbed by the next row of holes and therefore it does not matter how close they are. For a more extreme example of this, look at a microplane grater, where the holes are right next to each other but you get shreds much longer than the space between holes.

            2. Shots: I only had the small carrots on hand, also did it with a block of cheese.

              1. Hold the carrot at an angle, so that instead of the carrot-grater intersection being T-shaped, it is a V. The closer to vertical you hold the carrot, the longer the shreds will be. More fun, and without the danger of cutting yourself, is a turning slicer, which makes spaghetti-like strands of carrot. If you slice the carrot lengthwise just to the middle - it will still be in one piece - the strands come out only a few inches long. depending on the circumference of the carrot.