How to Use a Box Grater Safely and Efficiently

Grating doesn't have to be a dangerous task. Here's how to make it safer and easier.

Published Jan. 15, 2020.

We shred a whole lot of food in the test kitchen. Over the years, we've learned a thing or two about how to use a grater more safely and effectively. 

1. Go slow, use caution, and watch your knuckles 

2. Wear cut-resistant gloves, which add a layer of protection if you're worried about injuries 

3. Use longer strokes for faster grating 

4. Place cheese in freezer for 30 minutes prior to grating; it'll be firmer and easier to grate

5. Coat surface of grater with nonstick spray to prevent sticking

6. Use only the large holes on the grater to prevent clumping 

7. Apply pressure on the downward stroke only; the upward stroke won't shred anything

8. Replace graters as needed—graters can dull over time and you can't sharpen them; sharp graters are safest

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