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Feb 10, 2014 08:29 AM

Grater recommendations?

Looking to update my grater situation in the kitchen. Currently we own a paddle microplane for zesting and fine grating, a very small box grater, and a paddle coarse grater. The latter two are cheap, not sure of the brands, I think purchased at dollar stores. I recently saw the America's Test Kitchen episode about graters and was thinking about buying the Rosle coarse paddle grater (, then getting rid of my small box grater and the crappy paddle one. Even now I don't have much reason for owning both, since I only ever use the coarse side of the box.

Doing some online research though, and it looks like the Rosle may have been discontinued? I can't find it anywhere. They have a different coarse one on some websites, but it doesn't look as nice.

Anyone know anything about this? Also, curious to hear what graters everyone recommends. Box vs. paddle? I think I would like to avoid having the box if possible, just for reasons of space and because the paddle comes in more handy in terms of grating directly over a dish. But it'd have to be a good enough paddle to entirely replace the box, I think. Suggestions / input wanted!

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  1. I find if I'm doing a large amount of softer cheese (like cheddar for Mac and Cheese) that box grater is a life saver.

    I'll also sometimes just use that for a small batch of mirapoux rather than dirtying the food processor.

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    1. re: hambone

      I have a cheap-o box-type grater I think it was from IKEA? it has a plastic plug at the bottom and a plastic knob at top (both removable) so it can hold the grated bits without a bowl or plate sliding around and I can transfer directly to location without dirtying another dish - like putting mirepoix in the pan. works great for softer cheeses as said. It has only a coarse and fine side - it also came with a small grater that fits in the bottom that is great for zesting and stuff. Probably the only piece of kitchen equipment from Ikea that has had any longevity - I could not even say how long I have had it - it has stuck around because it works well and cleans and stores easily.

      most important make sure you get one that feels good in your hand.

    2. OXO Good grips Two-Fold Grater

      I bought this when I was in temporary digs in 2012. I don't use my old box grater any more. It is possible that it had dulled over time. At any rate I really like the OXO.

      I can take one of the sides off and use it by itself, but I like to use it as it is shown.

      I have a couple of other graters too. I like a long microplane grater for grating cheese over a salad bowl, among other applications.

      1. We bought one at Ikea on a lark. This one: but it was purple when we bought it. It's the only grater we own besides a microplane. Works great and it is handy that you can grate right into the eventual storage container. It has a fine and coarse lid, I use the course lid for most things. It's cheap and effective, and we'll probably buy another when we get back to an Ikea so we can have both shredded cheddar and WM mozz on hand. We're done buying pre-shredded cheese.


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          1. re: toddrhodes

            Me too. I have fancier ones, but this is the one that gets used the most.

          2. I don't know anything for sure about the status of the Rosle coarse grater, except to say that it's disappeared from almost every place that carried it just a few months ago.

            I'd been meaning to get one for a long time, and late last year just decided to google around and see if there was one anywhere for less than list. There was one on clearance as a discontinued product at a place I'd never ordered from; took a chance, and now am very glad I did, as they do seem to be disappearing.

            Maybe they'll be out with some improved or "improved" model soon...

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            1. re: ellabee

              It looks like this is the new model.


              Maybe I will give it a shot, but it doesn't look as good, does it?

              1. re: arielleeve

                Nope, sadly. The beauty of the old coarse grater is the way it holds itself up at the proper angle, but the real attraction for me is the significantly larger expanse of cutting holes than available on this paddle version or any box grater I've seen. That makes it go through a quantity of cheese or potatoes in much less time.

                The arched but low design of the old version also lets it fit easily in the utensil drawer while allowing a few small items to rest under it. Minor compared with the functional advantage, but nice.

                It baffles me that a company would discontinue an item that is alone on the market and recommended by an influential source. Maybe the Microplane people will seize the opportunity and come out with their own stand-alone coarse grater.

                  1. re: DuffyH

                    You are a genius! I just bought it! Thanks a million!

                    1. re: arielleeve

                      Wow! That was fast.

                      Glad you got it. I'm sure you'll be very happy together. :)

                      1. re: DuffyH

                        Hehe, I figured if I hate it I've only wasted $35, but if I don't get it, I'll never know!

                        1. re: arielleeve

                          So you're saying that a good grater is like Jamaica? "Once you go, you'll know."? LOL

                          1. re: DuffyH

                            Haha! You know, probably this was 95% a "now that I can't have it, I really want it!" decision. But I still think it was the right one! I'm really avoiding buying a box grater due to storage issues, and none of the other paddle ones looked good enough. The medium maybe would have been fine, but I actually prefer a coarser grate for certain applications. I have a Magimix as my FP and that has multiple size grating discs as well so I'll still have many options :)

                            1. re: arielleeve

                              Speaking of grater discs, do you find that you really use yours? I've got a full set of discs for my KA processor that I really don't use. Maybe because I normally cook for 2-3? Could be.

                              1. re: DuffyH

                                We have a KA processor, but only one disc that is reversable, one side slices, one size only, and the other grates, one size only. I drag it out about 2-3 times a year when the task warrents large amounts of gratting or slicing. It would be nice to have options. For normal use it's the microplane graters or the Rösle slicer with 11 settings. My favorite kitchen tool.

                                1. re: DuffyH

                                  Well the Magimix is fairly new to me, so I can't speak to its specific grater discs (I think it has two sizes), but with my last FP, I used them every now and then, not necessarily all that often. Mostly for shredding carrots, potatoes (latkes), apples/pears (baking), and big batches of cheese (mac and cheese).

              2. I replaced my old, beginning to rust, box grater a few months ago. Some reviews of the large Rosle noted that it produced really large shreds. I went with the medium Rosle and I'm glad I did.

                The medium produces shreds that are about 75-80% the size of most box grater shreds.

                It also fits securely over a bowl, has a large surface area for faster shredding and cleans easily, much more so than my old box grater. IMO, it's very nearly perfect*. It does take up some drawer space, but did I mention it's got a large working area?

                *A perfect grater would do the grating for me and clean itself.

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                1. re: DuffyH

                  Hmmm, I saw the medium one. Do you think it would be okay to use for potatoes, carrots, apples, etc.?

                  1. re: arielleeve

                    Absolutely. It's a really nice size grate, not nearly as medium as I feared, if that makes sense. We prefer it over our box grater's coarse grate.

                    Although I don't own one and can't say for sure, reviews indicate the Rosle coarse grater has holes bigger than the standard box grater size so many of us know.

                    1. re: DuffyH

                      You are correct.

                      The holes are larger than most US graters, one of which we bought in California and still have from EXPO a decade ago.

                      Just an aside, but I wash all of ours by hand with a scrub brush and soap, rinse, and hang them on the open kitchen rail system to dry. Same with our knives.

                      By the time any of the graters are dry and put away in the drawer, I may not have even started the dishwasher.

                      1. re: SWISSAIRE

                        I agree with your washing routine. Immediately after use, I hit mine with a soapy scrub brush, then air dry. It's soooo much easier to clean them before the cheese or whatever has a chance to dry on the holes.

                        1. re: DuffyH

                          Good point Duffy-

                          The longer the residual food stays on, the harder it is then to get off.

                          And 1.5 hours later when the dishwasher is finished, the residue is really baked on.