Graters, zesters, peelers

Need a new food grater for your kitchen? Choose from a wide variety of hand-held stainless steel cheese graters, microplanes, zesters, rotary, and electric slicers.

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Enjoy freshly cut cheese in seconds with a versatile cheese grater

While pre-cut packaged cheeses may seem like the convenient option when cooking, they cost more and can affect the overall taste, quality and lifespan of your cheese.

With a wide variety of cheese graters to choose from at Kitchen Warehouse, there’s no excuse not to enjoy freshly cut cheese into the shape of your choosing, both quickly and easily every single time.

Main styles of graters

  • Handheld graters – With ergonomic handles and sharp holes for larger style shavings, these extra coarse graters are ideal for shaving hard cheeses directly over meals.

  • Rotary – This style is great for processing a large amount of firm cheese more quickly, easily, and smoothly than other types of graters. Suitable for large meals, the rotary cheese graters also come with multiple blades to grate cheeses, ranging from semi-firm to firm.

  • Electric – These generally come as attachments to larger kitchen gadgets such as food processors or stand mixers. They are perfect for rapidly shredding large volumes of cheese and vegetables with minimal effort.

  • Microplane or rasp grater – This fine grater is made up of hundreds of tiny, sharp blades and is useful for feathery shavings of dense, hard cheeses such as pecorino and parmesan. Also great for finely zesting citrus, mincing garlic, and grating whole spices like ginger.

  • Box grater – One of the most popular multi graters, this style allows you to cut with a selection of differently textured blades. Shred or grate hard or soft cheese, fruits, vegetables, chocolate, and more. Box graters are especially good for shredding cheeses to be melted into dishes such as casseroles, pasta or nachos.

  • Mandoline – A highly versatile tool as it’s great for grating and slicing fruits and vegetables into your desired levels of thickness that are consistent in size. Some models also provide an attachment to cut various shapes.

Factors to consider when buying a cheese grater

  • Ease of use – Choose a grater that is best suited to your usual cheese grating needs, comfortable to use, easy to clean and preferably dishwasher safe.

  • Purpose – Many cheese graters are interchangeable in their use. A multipurpose grater can also be used for fruits, vegetables, hard spices, chocolates or even as a handy zester. Check whether the grater can also be used for both hard and soft cheeses.

  • Material – This is a big factor of the grater’s durability and functionality. Stainless steel is the most popular choice because of its ability to stand the test of time.

  • Size – Depending on your cooking style or requirements, a cheese grater that isn’t overly big or chunky is ideal to ensure both ease of use and storage.

  • Safety features – Consider how safe the grater will be to use. A grating guard or rubber stopper is a great feature to look for, as well as a non-slip silicone base to minimise injuries.

  • Durability – The quality of the blade will determine how efficiently you can cut, shred or grate cheese as well as how long it will stay sharp.

Best grater according to the kind of cheese

A box grater will offer the most versatility when it comes to grating or slicing different types of cheese because of the multiple cutting options available. Suitable for cutting cheeses like parmesan, mozzarella and tasty cheese into slices , shavings, shards or shreds.

Etched vs stamped cheese graters - pros and cons

Stamped graters have thicker, more rigid blades that stick out whereas etched graters are made using a chemical process that corrodes teeth into the sides of the metal to make super sharp indents.

Although etched blades are sharper, the shreds tend to be much thinner and shorter in length. This type of blade also requires an extra degree of caution when using to avoid injuries.

The difference between a grater and a zester

Zester graters are exclusively used for citrus fruits to get long, thin strips of zest. They’re small with just a few round holes to scrape along the fruit.

A grater is multipurpose and grates a variety of vegetables in various levels of thickness.

Uses of a grater beyond shredding cheese

  • Shred carrots, cabbage, peppers, zucchinis and onions

  • Grate spices

  • Flake chocolate

  • Prep potatoes

Other kitchen accessories to buy with a cheese grater

  • Potato peelers

  • Chopping boards

  • Shredder

  • Tongs

  • Openers

  • Mixing bowls

  • Strainers

  • Colanders

  • Stora

How-to and cooking hacks to try at home

  • Wrap cheese in wax to allow the flavours of aged, hard, and semi-hard cheeses to breathe.

  • Store cheese in the fruit and vegetable compartment of your fridge as the temperature and humidity setting is perfect for cheeses.

  • Pop soft cheese in the freezer for 15 minutes for easier grating.

  • Bake a wheel of brie – place lemon thyme and sliced garlic or raspberries on a wheel of brie and bake in the oven for a delicious starter.

  • Whizz cheese in a blender to make a great base for dips.

  • Wrap cheese in prosciutto for a quick and tasty finger food to enjoy with wine.

Maintenance, cleaning, and care

  • Wash grater in warm soapy water and allow it to air dry.

  • Avoid drying manually as this may cause accidental cuts or scratches as well as shred tea towels.

  • If greasy residue remains, wipe down with vinegar to remove.

Brands we know and trust

We carry a range of table knives, chef knives, and cutlery from Australia and around the world from brands such as Zyliss, Oxo Good Grips, KitchenAid, Joseph Joseph and Ecology. Explore the wide range we have available at Kitchen Warehouse.

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FAQs:

What type of cheese grater is best?
Box cheese graters are considered the best cheese grater to have in the kitchen due to multiple cutting options, ease of use, and efficiency of shredding large quantities of cheese in minimal time.

What are the benefits of using a cheese grater?
A cheese grater is a quick and easy way to grate fresh cheese as needed, for maximum quality and flavour.