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If you hate the idea of grating cheese etc. because you don't like it spilling all over the place, then it might be worth investing in a container grater
I am an enthusiastic cook, but I have to admit I'm also a messy one. One of the times when I just know I'm going to make a big mess is whenever I use my mother's old stainless steel box grater to grate cheese. Despite the fact that the box grater has four sides and is shaped like a fortress (albeit with a hole at the top), I always seem to end up spilling bits of grated cheese everywhere - even if I use a really big bowl under the grater. Thankfully there is a solution to this problem: use a container grater. Container (or cup) graters consist of a container/reservoir and a flat grater unit that clips onto the top of the container. So when you grate your cheese or whatever, it stays in the container until you remove the lid.
All you have to do is make sure that you don’t grate too much, so that the container becomes too full! Some container graters also come with an actual lid as well, so that you can store what you've just grated without having to transfer it to another receptacle.
If you think you might be in the market for a container grater, read on - I've done some browsing on Amazon, and found some fab looking container and cup graters from top names in kitchenware.
For a simple, basic container grater, you could try Progressive International's S4 Grate and Measure. Designed to fit 1.5 cups of grated cheese (or whatever), this comes with two graters - a medium one for things like cheese and carrots, and a fine one for making citrus fruit zest or grating parmesan (to name but two uses). There is a storage lid, so whatever you grate can go straight in the fridge with the lid on top, without your having to put it in a different container.
|Progressive International S4 Grate and Measure with Etched Stainless Steel Grating Surface|
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If two grater attachments aren't enough, Progressive International does both a 5- and a 6-piece grater set. The 6-piece set consists of four blade inserts (shred, slice, grate and zest), plus the plastic container and a plastic frame, into which you slot the blade inserts. The blade inserts store inside the container when it's not being used. Dimensions are 10.1 x 4.2 x 3.5 inches; the container can hold three cups of whatever you're grating so that should give you an idea. The 5-piece set, which measures 8.2 x 3.8 x 3.4 inches, also has four blades - but these fit directly onto the container, thus doing away with the need for a frame. Both sets are dishwasher safe.
|Progressive International HG-85 6-Piece Grater Set|
Progressive International is your source for the widest range of functional, inventive, and fun kitchen tools and great ideas put into practice. Our in-house designers spend ...
|Progressive International Grater Set|
Progressive International is your source for the widest range of functional, inventive, and fun kitchen tools and great ideas put into practice. Our in-house designers spend ...Only $14.99
If you're only grating small amounts at a time, or you want something compact that doesn't take up too much space, then you might like KitchenAid's cup grater. As the name suggests, this has a one-cup capacity so it's ideal for grating small amounts of food. And it also has a lid, for ease of storage.
Want a container grater with a handle at the top, like a conventional box grater? Then Oxo Good Grips' box grater could be what you need! It works just like a normal box grater, but has a storage container that clips underneath the grater. Both the container and the grater have non-slip bottom rings. Product dimensions are 12 x 4.5 x 2.8 inches; comes with a lid, and is dishwasher safe.
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|KitchenAid Gourmet Cup Grater, Red|
Grating is fast and easy with quick cleanup using this cup grater. It features sharp stainless steel blade covers for both fine and coarse grating. All your grating results ...
|OXO Good Grips Box Grater|
The OXO Good Grips Box Grater features coarse, fine and super-fine grating surfaces and a slicing surface. Grater is made of durable stainless steel construction with a soft, ...