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Friday, August 27, 2010

Favorite Kitchen Utensils: Rotary Cheese Grater

We love parmesan cheese, but we do not love scraping our knuckles as we try to get every fragment off the rind. But Parmigiano-Reggiano is expensive, even at Costco, and we don't like to waste any of it. 

Although microplanes work well on larger pieces of cheese, they can wreak havoc on your hands when you get down to the rind—one slip of the wrist, and you're running for the Band-Aid box.  

Fortunately, we invested years ago in a rotary cheese grinder, which with a few turns produces mounds of snowy grated cheese. Even though it's made of plastic, it's endured heavy use for at least a decade now and withstood many trips through the dishwasher.

(For some reason, we can't delete the Amazon link to the left, but it does provide a good view of this marvelous invention.) 

Now we can scrape every parmesan rind down to the very bottom before we toss it into the freezer for future batches of soup. 


  1. I don't have one...precisely because I always lose time and patience grating my knuckles. Mounds of parmesan snow. Love the imagery.

  2. great invention... we discovered last year