Follow these easy steps to learn the right (and safe) way to grate and shred cheese.

Cheese is often cut into very small pieces before it’s added to pasta, eggs, quesadillas, pizza, and more. Shredding creates long, thin pieces of cheese, while grating creates very tiny cheese strips or pebbles. Whether you’re grating or shredding, use a big piece of cheese to keep your hand safely away from the grater’s sharp holes.

How to Grate Cheese

Rub hard cheeses, like Parmesan, against a rasp grater or the small holes of a box grater to make a fluffy pile of cheese.

How to Shred Cheese

Rub semisoft cheeses, like cheddar or mozzarella, against the large holes of a box grater to make long pieces of cheese.