8 Ways to Use Your Cheese Grater: Cooking Hacks

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Did you know there are ways to use your cheese grater that don’t involve shredding cheese? These cheese grater hacks make cooking so many things easier.

If your kitchen is short on cupboard space, it’s tempting to start weeding out single-purpose gadgets. Many times, a box-style cheese grater can seem like one, especially if you have a food processor.

Don’t be so quick to judge, though. Once you know these clever cheese grater hacks, you’ll realize this gadget can earn the space it takes in your cabinets. It’s easier to clean than your food processor, too!

Helpful Cheese Grater Hacks

Cheese Grater Cooking Hacks

Although I like my box cheese grater, for small jobs, I’m crazy about this very smart hand-held grater that swivels into different positions, measures as I grate AND fits in my kitchen utensil drawer.

Whatever tool you choose, these cheese grater hacks speed up cooking and clean-up, too!

1. Rice Cauliflower

cauliflower fried rice in a pan

Eating low-carb or just trying to eat more vegetables? Use your cheese grater to “rice” the cauliflower by running florets along the large holes. You’ll wind up with something that looks almost exactly like rice, so even picky eaters won’t know.

Stir it into soups or use it to make cauliflower “rice” for dinner. This Tabbouleh-Style Turmeric Cauliflower Salad is another delicious side dish featuring riced cauliflower, and it’s full of anti-inflammatories and fiber.

2. Grate Spices

Hard spices like whole nutmeg and cinnamon sticks can wreak havoc on your food processor. Not so with a box grater: just run them along the small holes to turn them into a fine powder.

Ginger root grates wonderfully, too, and saves you the hassle of mincing it. Break off only what you need from the ginger root and store the rest in the freezer where it will keep its fresh, bright taste for up to a year.

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3. Shred Carrots

Shredding carrots on a cheese grater is easy: just slide them along the holes. A great way to get your kids to eat more vegetables is by stirring shredded carrots into any meal containing grated cheddar cheese — they look so much alike that your kids won’t know.

4. Make Cabbage for Coleslaw

Remove the core, cut the cabbage into quarters, and grate on the large holes for slaw or the horizontal blades for thin slices. Repeat with carrots if you like them in your coleslaw, too.

Then shake some mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, and sugar together in a jar and stir it into the shredded vegetables for a quick, creamy coleslaw side dish.

5. Replace a Spiralizer for Zucchini

Zucchini peels cut into ribbons

These days, everyone is raving about vegetable spiralizers, but you can use a box grater to make many kinds of vegetable “noodles”, too.

To make zucchini noodles, for instance, rest the box grater on its side with the large holes facing up. Then, working slowly, run the zucchini lengthwise down the grater. Rotate the vegetable frequently, and stop grating when you get to the core where the seeds are.

6. Make Hash Brown Potatoes

A five pound bag of potatoes costs around $3. A one pound bag of shredded potatoes for hash browns costs $2.70. Madness! They’re so easy to make at home, especially with a box grater.

  1. Peel the spuds potatoes and run them on the large holes of your cheese grater.
  2. Soak the shredded potatoes in water for 5 minutes, drain and repeat. This keeps them from turning an ugly gray color while cooking, and ensures your hashbrowns cook all the way through.
  3. After soaking, squeeze them in a paper towel until they’re dry. Now they’re ready to fry in oil for 5 minutes per side for perfect homemade hash browns.

7. Make Cold Butter Spreadable

Spreading cold butter on a piece of bread is a mess. You could always wait an hour for it to soften at room temperature, or reach for your box grater to speed things up. Grating the stick on the medium holes creates easy-to-spread butter in a matter of seconds.

Or, if you’re making a pie crust or other recipe that involves “cutting in” cold butter, grate a frozen stick on the large holes of your grater and toss it in your dry ingredients.

8. Use it on Chocolate

Grated chocolate bar on a white background

Use the horizontal blades on the side of your box grater to create beautiful chocolate curls that will dress up your baked goods.

Making something featuring melted chocolate like a ganache or drizzle? Grate a bar on the large holes of your cheese grater first. This hack helps the chocolate melt faster, so it cooks smoothly.

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  1. I love, love, love these tips!! They are so very helpful!!
    By the way, I just shared this posting about the box grater!!

  2. Kat Robison says:

    Great hacks! Thank you!