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Grater recommendations?

arielleeve Feb 10, 2014 08:29 AM

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 (http://www.amazon.com/Rosle-Stainless...), 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. http://www.rosleusa.com/product-searc...

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. hambone RE: arielleeve Feb 10, 2014 09:11 AM

    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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      JTPhilly RE: hambone Feb 10, 2014 09:41 AM

      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.

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      sueatmo RE: arielleeve Feb 10, 2014 06:31 PM

      http://tinyurl.com/lau2rtl 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.

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        toddrhodes RE: arielleeve Feb 10, 2014 08:35 PM

        We bought one at Ikea on a lark. This one: http://www.amazon.com/Cheese-Grater-I... 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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          ChillyDog RE: toddrhodes Feb 11, 2014 03:24 AM

          I have this one too. Love it.

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            arashall RE: toddrhodes Feb 12, 2014 12:59 PM

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

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            ellabee RE: arielleeve Feb 10, 2014 08:56 PM

            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
              arielleeve RE: ellabee Feb 12, 2014 07:20 AM

              It looks like this is the new model.


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

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                ellabee RE: arielleeve Feb 12, 2014 10:15 AM

                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.

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                  DuffyH RE: ellabee Feb 12, 2014 12:23 PM

                  There's one old-style coarse one left on Amazon. Hurry!


                  1. re: DuffyH
                    arielleeve RE: DuffyH Feb 12, 2014 12:29 PM

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

                    1. re: arielleeve
                      DuffyH RE: arielleeve Feb 12, 2014 12:44 PM

                      Wow! That was fast.

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

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                        arielleeve RE: DuffyH Feb 12, 2014 12:48 PM

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

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                          DuffyH RE: arielleeve Feb 12, 2014 01:44 PM

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

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                            arielleeve RE: DuffyH Feb 12, 2014 01:49 PM

                            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 :)

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                              DuffyH RE: arielleeve Feb 12, 2014 01:52 PM

                              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.

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                                mikie RE: DuffyH Feb 12, 2014 02:16 PM

                                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.

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                                  arielleeve RE: DuffyH Feb 12, 2014 08:09 PM

                                  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. DuffyH RE: arielleeve Feb 10, 2014 10:54 PM

                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
                  arielleeve RE: DuffyH Feb 12, 2014 07:21 AM

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

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                    DuffyH RE: arielleeve Feb 12, 2014 12:40 PM

                    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
                      SWISSAIRE RE: DuffyH Feb 12, 2014 05:14 PM

                      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.

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                        DuffyH RE: SWISSAIRE Feb 12, 2014 05:47 PM

                        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.

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                          SWISSAIRE RE: DuffyH Feb 12, 2014 08:03 PM

                          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.

                2. mbfant RE: arielleeve Feb 11, 2014 10:44 AM

                  I have way too many graters but would not give up the old box grater, which we use mainly for carrot salad. For parmigiano and pecorino the best I have found is the Microplane Elite Series Star Grater. Instead of the usual Microplane rectangular openings, its holes are sort of star-shaped, very much like those of old-fashioned graters, which is what you want for parmigiano.

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                    DuffyH RE: mbfant Feb 11, 2014 08:55 PM

                    We go through so much parm that I've taken to grating it in bulk in my food processor. I have a disc for crushed ice/parm, but found I get almost as fine a grate using about 1.5" chunks of cheese and the standard blade. Plus, I can grate a couple of cups at once, and cleanup is a breeze compared to cleaning the disc with those star-shaped holes.

                    I do love my Microplane for shaved parm.

                  2. arielleeve RE: arielleeve Feb 12, 2014 07:26 AM

                    Anyone have experience with the microplane coarse or extra graters?

                    1. SWISSAIRE RE: arielleeve Feb 12, 2014 10:34 AM

                      Hi Arilleeve -

                      We have a good collection of Rösle products, and yes, that item has been replaced or upgraded with the newer model shown in your link.

                      We have 5 different graters, including microplanes, for different meals. Rösle does offer a multiple bladed box grater, but we prefer one that grates directly over a mixing bowl or plate.

                      For additional grating variations, you might consider the addition of the Rösle Cannelle / Zester tool, and the Rösle vertical Cannelle / Channel knife.

                      1. breadchick RE: arielleeve Feb 12, 2014 02:20 PM

                        I have this one, and it works fine. For easier cleaning, I brush it with a bit of olive oil before grating any sticky cheese like moz. I can put it over a bowl to catch the bits, and it fits in the drawer for easy storage.


                        For large amounts of parm, I'll use the Vitamix.

                        1. C. Hamster RE: arielleeve Feb 12, 2014 05:13 PM

                          Been cooking for a million years.

                          Don't spend any money on a grater. Buy a cheapo box grater at the dollar store

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                          1. re: C. Hamster
                            SWISSAIRE RE: C. Hamster Feb 12, 2014 08:05 PM

                            C.Hamster -

                            I'll take your word for it, but you don't look a day over 80.

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