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SpencerTracy Feb 11, 2014 01:58 PM

Beside the below-listed points, are there any other benefits to owning a food grater/grinder?

1) Saves time by not having to wash the FP parts.

2) Able to use the grater for smaller meals - single cucumbers, small handful of cheese, etc.

Have never really cooked much, but I'm planning to and was wondering whether or not I need both. Any thoughts?

Thanks.

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    chewbacca Feb 11, 2014 02:11 PM

    You will definitely need both. Graters come in many sizes so for for slaw or a cucumber ...or for citrus rind or garlic clove are different and essential.....very different and in my opinion more useful than a food processor.

    1. firecooked Feb 11, 2014 02:17 PM

      In part, depends on what you cook. A box grater is an essential item in my kitchen, primarily to grate cheese. But I will get the food processor out if I'm grating carrots... I have grated my knuckles too many times doing carrots. Invest first in good knives, cutting boards, pots. Figure out what you like to cook, then get the specialty tools... FP, or blender, or mixer with grinder attachment, etc.

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        SpencerTracy Feb 11, 2014 02:34 PM

        Thanks, guys. I guess I'll try to find a good one.

        Any brand(s) you can recommend? I'd like a high quality/sharp grater with a variety of different chopping options/sizes. Something like the stand-up box graters, with a different grating option on each side. All other recommendations are welcome, as well.

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          grampart Feb 11, 2014 02:36 PM

          Microplane box grater is a good choice.

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            SpencerTracy Feb 11, 2014 02:50 PM

            Looks good, thanks!

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              mikie Feb 11, 2014 02:51 PM

              Microplane just about anything is a good choice, they make very good products and most if not all are made in the USA.

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                SpencerTracy Feb 11, 2014 02:57 PM

                I'll definitely keep the brand in mind for future purchases. Thanks.

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            mikie Feb 11, 2014 02:50 PM

            Do you need both, no. Will you want both, probably yes. There is very little you can do with power equipment that can't and hasn't been done by hand at one point or another. Your points are valid, for small amounts of just about anything, hand grating or slicing is quicker and easier. For large amounts, pull out the big guns. If I wanted to slice for example 1 stalk of celery, I'd use a chefs knife, if I wanted to slice 5 or 8 stalks of celery, I'd probably grab the Rosle slicer, if I'm slicing 2 or 3 bunches of celery, I'm pulling out the food processor. The Rosle slicer is probably my favorite kitchen tool, I like uniformity and it will make uniform slices of just about anything you throw at it, as fast as you can move your hand back and forth. But for really big jobs, I'll drag out the FP, but it's really big jobs.

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              SpencerTracy Feb 11, 2014 02:55 PM

              Thanks, Mikie.

              What was the reasoning behind going with the Rosle instead of a box grater with more options? Isn't having more options better? Or is it that you rarely need those extra options, and thus why you decided to go with that specific grater?

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                mikie Feb 11, 2014 03:30 PM

                Well we already had a couple of Microplane graters, what we didn't have was a mandoline slicer and the Rosle is much more compact than many of the mandolines.

                http://www.rosleusa.com/Adjustable-Sl...

                I find this to be quite versitle, and being flat it stores in a smaller space than a box grater, in fact all three take up less space than a box grater. The slicer on a box grater is set at one size and the Rosle has 11 settings from about 1mm to about 6mm. Great for slicing potatos or zuccini.

                When I purchased mine, it was made in Germany, not made in China is a plus for me, and the blade is replaceable when it dulls, also a plus for me. Rosle also has several matching graters, not inexpensive, but well built and easy to store. I still like the microplane graters as well as any and they are more reasonably priced.

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                  SpencerTracy Feb 11, 2014 03:37 PM

                  Thanks for the detailed reply. Great point about the storage - definitely something to keep in mind when considering the Rosle.

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              escondido123 Feb 11, 2014 02:59 PM

              I use my food processor a lot for making pastes, doughs etc. and chopping hard cheese but I never use the grating or slicing attachments. For those I use either a box grater, a mandoline or a knife.

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                SpencerTracy Feb 11, 2014 03:06 PM

                Yea', I'm starting to think that it may become a hassle to whip out the FP for grating, unless it's a large meal. Definitely going to pick up a grater.

                What do you guys think of Kitchen Aid in terms of quality? I just noticed the Microplane one mentioned above has two options that I don't need, and this one by KA seems to fit the bill:

                http://www.amazon.com/Kitchenaid-Gour...

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                  jw615 Feb 11, 2014 05:43 PM

                  I have this particular one and love it:
                  http://www.amazon.com/Cuisipro-6-Side...

                  It seems more stable to me than the typical 4-sided ones. It is very sharp. I used it the day I got it, and ordered cut resistant gloves the same day.

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                    SpencerTracy Feb 11, 2014 06:53 PM

                    Wow, that looks awesome. I'll probably give that one a try. Thanks for the recommendation.

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                      SpencerTracy Feb 11, 2014 06:53 PM

                      I'm just now starting to see the light. :)

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                  sueatmo Feb 11, 2014 03:44 PM

                  If you are cooking for 1 or 2, then you might use the box grater more often than you think. When you start cooking for larger numbers of people, the food processor starts to look appealing, especially if you will be grating more than one thing for a dish.

                  Box graters are not that expensive. And you might also want a microplane. Those are more expensive, but I find them useful.

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                    rasputina Feb 11, 2014 04:07 PM

                    It's not an either or. They both have their place.

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                      pothead Feb 11, 2014 07:03 PM

                      I use a hand grater (microplane, etc.) for cheese and citrus rind, and the food processor for everything else that I wouldn't just cut with a knife. Haven't owned a box grater in years. Mandolines scare the heck out of me.

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                        SpencerTracy Feb 11, 2014 07:12 PM

                        I think they should, a little. I'm a little too careless when I use mine.

                      2. MikeB3542 Feb 12, 2014 10:47 AM

                        There isn't much you can do with a food processor that you can't do with a sharp knife and a box grater. That said, the food processor is nice if you have to slice, chop or grate a lot of food at once. Personally, I really never make enough to justify the purchase...I do have a chopper that fits on my Osterizer that works nice for things like hummus and salsa.

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                          SpencerTracy Feb 12, 2014 11:22 AM

                          Yea', true. I didn't really buy the FP for grating, though. In all honesty, I didn't even remember it had such an option until I received it. I then wondered if buying an external grater would be worth it since the FP came equipped with one. This thread has helped me see that it'll (box grater) come in very handy for smaller meals.

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