If you are like other homemakers who simply do not have a clue as to the purpose of the different holes in a four-sided box grater, then consider yourself lucky you stumbled on this post. The box cheese grater in your cupboard is not only an excellent cheese grater, it is also a very convenient and truly versatile kitchen utensil. Most homeowners only use one or two sides of these useful products which greatly undermine the functional utility of the boxed grater.
Box graters have different holes in different sides for different purposes.
One side of the box cheese grater contains holes that have a sharp cutting edge in the bottom. This is perfect for shredding pieces of food ingredients into finer particles. Firm vegetables like carrots, potatoes, zucchinis, squash, pumpkins, and even garlic will be perfectly processed using this grater surface. The smaller holes will also be perfect for certain kinds of hard cheese like Parmesan, Asiago, and Romano. This is also perfect for grating ginger, garlic, and onions to effectively hide them off the prying eyes of children.
Medium-sized holes are good for food items that require moderately sized shreds. Cabbages for coleslaw as well as potatoes for hash brown will simply be excellent when this portion of the box cheese grater is used. Semi-firm cheese such as cheddar, Edam, Gouda, and Colby will be perfect in this type of box grater hole.
Small-sized Holes with Protruding Edges
The rough surface of the small-sized holes with protruding edges is typically used for grating citrus zests. Whether it is a lemon, an orange, or even a lime, this will be perfect for scratching the surface of the citrus fruit without going into its white skin perfect for adding a certain zest to cakes as well as salads and desserts. A sprinkle of grated chocolate on top of your vanilla ice cream will also be made equally possible by this grater surface.
For people who may have problems slicing vegetables into thin slices, the slicing unit of a box grater will prove indispensable. Just run the vegetable across the blade of the slicing slot and you can already have a nicely sliced ingredient for your next dish.
Technically, the use of the different sides of a box grater is largely dependent on how you want your ingredient to be processed. If you require an ingredient that is fine, then use the small holes. If you require ingredients that are a little bit larger, then the moderate holes will be used. If you require ingredients with less fluid, get the ones with the protruding edges. And, if you require slicing, then you use the slicer slot. Simple.