Cheese Graters

We put some of our favorites to the test on Parmesan cheese and other ingredients. Here's how to choose the right grater for the right job.
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cheese graters

1) Microplane 38000 Series Fine/Spice Grater
(Fine grater)
$19, microplane.com
ON PARMESAN Makes a fast-melting powder for pastas.
ALSO GOOD FOR Nutmeg

2) Cuisipro Accutec Coarse Grater, flat
(Coarse grater)
$18, cuisipro.com
ON PARMESAN Makes small flecks, ideal for salads.
ALSO GOOD FOR Garlic

3) Microplane 35000 Series Extra-Coarse Grater
(Extra coarse grater)
$15, microplane.com
ON PARMESAN Makes chunky slivers for salads or pizzas.
ALSO GOOD FOR Potatoes

4) Microplane 35000 Series Fine Ribbon Grater
(Fine ribbon grater)
$15, microplane.com
ON PARMESAN Makes feathery ribbons for melting over bread.
ALSO GOOD FOR Frozen butter

5) Cuisipro Accutec Small Shaver, flat
(Small shaver)
$18, cuisipro.com
ON PARMESAN Makes thin flakes for garnishing hearty pastas.
ALSO GOOD FOR Chocolate

6) Cuisipro Accutec Large Shaver, flat
(Large shaver)
$18, cuisipro.com
ON PARMESAN Makes wide, thin chips for snacking.
ALSO GOOD FOR Cheddar Cheese

USE YOUR CHEESE GRATER TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

Cheese Straws

*Prices and other details were accurate when we published this article in April 2006.