Cheese graters aren’t just for cheese. While there are plenty of fancy pieces of equipment designed to chop, dice, and slice, sometimes all you need is a simple hand tool like a grater to complete your prep work. Check out these unexpected ways to use graters and keep scrolling to see our video with additional grater hacks.
1. Slice Peppers
Peppers and onions are a popular flavor base for many dishes for a wide variety of cuisine styles. By using a grater, you can slice your peppers faster and more finely than you could with a knife. So whether you’re using bell peppers, jalapenos, or hot chiles in you food, remember that a slicer grater can be a handy tool to save time on prep work.
2. Shred Carrots
Shredded carrots are delicious on sandwiches, salads, and can even be used in soups and sauces. The shredding side of your handheld grater works great to shred your carrots into small, fine pieces that add a bit of color and texture to any dish.
3. Grate Spices
The flavors of some spices, like nutmeg and cinnamon, are greatly enhanced by being freshly grated. If you don’t own a spice grinder, a fine grater can deliver similar results of freshly ground spice.
4. Shred Cabbage
If you’re making coleslaw or sauerkraut, you’ll want to grate your cabbage. While you can achieve slender ribbons of cabbage by using a knife, it requires a lot more time and skill than you’d need using a box grater.
5. Flake Chocolate
Grated chocolate is a beautiful (and delicious) finishing touch to cakes or other desserts. A ribbon grater is the proper tool for achieving those flaky and sweet bits of chocolate that bring your desserts to the next level.
6. Prep Potatoes
Want diner-style hash browns that melt in your mouth? By coarsely grating your potatoes, you can achieve hash browns that have a consistent texture for even cooking.
So next time you’re worried that you might not have the proper equipment to complete a certain prep task, remember that a cheese grater is actually a very versatile tool that can be used in many different ways. From chocolate shavings to pepper ribbons, make the most of your four-sided box grater to complete all your prep tasks.