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Grating is when you rub cheese, vegetables or other solid foods against a rough or sharp surface in order to break them into small pieces. Typically, a kitchen utensil called a grater is used. 


Difficulty to learn: Easy

Some Thoughts For You:

Most people image grating to only be cheese over pasta. However, grating can serve many purposes, from adding zest to a desert via lemon peel to chocolate grated over a pie. You might have to wash it off after, but your grater can be your best friend for finishing touches.

What You Will Need:

Grating a food is a relatively process. All you need is some type of grater, and a way to catch the grated food.

The most typical grater is called a box grater. A box grater has four sides, with various degrees of grating “power” on each side. One side might grate tiny flakes of cheese, while another would grate large chunks.

You can also buy specialized graters depending on what you are grating. Stores do sell fruit graters, and you can even find graters like a specialized ginger grater.

Basic Steps:

The steps below are for grating a hard cheese, like Parmesan or Pecorino. However, the grating process is relatively the same for most foods.

  1. Get your bowl ready to catch the grated cheese. Grab a box grater, or if you have one, a specialty cheese grater.
  2. Take the unwrapped cheese and gently rub the cheese against the sharp side of the grater in an up and down motion. Pressing down too hard might cause the cheese to get jammed.
  3. After you have your desired amount, tap the grater against the bowl to get any remaining grated cheese off.

Tips For You:

  • Just because you don’t have a specific cheese grater doesn’t mean that you can’t grate cheese! Give it a shot on a different grater, you might like the results.

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