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Freezer Cooking Day: Um, I Think It’s Time to Replace the Cheese Grater

Our Freezer Cooking Day began at 9:15 a.m. yesterday morning. I had planned a Master List of everything that needed to be done and the order it needed to be done. I also tried to equally divide the work up among those of us who were working in the kitchen. We didn’t completely follow the plan, but it was really helpful to have everything thought-through ahead of time.

Remembering how we’d run out of bowls and pots and pans last time, I asked everyone to bring pots and pans and bowls. I also had everyone pitch in on bringing ingredients and that seemed to work well.

The only thing I forgot to ask someone to bring? A real cheese grater.

I have this little half-sized dinky one that I picked up at the store a number of months ago when my much-nicer one got rusted. Let’s just say that it was rather impractical to grate that pile of cheese blocks with my mini cheese grater.

Somehow, I managed to grate them all–but it took me probably five times what it would have taken with a real grater. But I’m all about making do. Next time, though, I’m definitely investing in a better cheese grater!

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  1. says

    I was like you, Crystal and thought they would be nice but could not justify it!!! You can find them at garage sales, but one birthday i got a gift card for one (it was specified) and I love it!!! Especially if you are planning on continuing your once monthly cooking, it is so nice! I really needed it for canning time for salsa, it makes a job that took all day, something i can do in a couple of hours!
    The cheaper ones can burn out with cheese….but they are so nice and time saving. Otherwise, I just use a plain old box grater on regular days. I was making zucchini bread the other day with a bunch of baby zucchinis. it would have taken me like 20 minutes to grate the 15 baby zucchinis and in my handy machine it was done in like 5…..which is nice when you are trying to fit everything in. So, it is worth it, even for frugal, penny pinching people!

  2. Dana says

    My mom gave me her Salad Shooter a few years ago. While it’s not a food processor, it does grate fairly fast. However, in my area the shredded cheese is the same price as a block of cheese so I opt to buy it already shredded.


  3. Lorie says

    I’m surprised you don’t have a food processor. I didn’t realize you’d been hand grating your cheese all this time. That’s a lot of work! I love, love, love my Cuisinart. Yes, it’s a bit pricey but it’s big, quiet, and fast. I use it for so many things, I couldn’t imagine living without it. I would NOT suggest the Black and Decker. The bowl on mine had broken. When I looked into replacing it I couldn’t find any replacement parts for it so I had to buy a new one. That’s when I found my Cuisinart for a really good price.

  4. Janice says

    I am also leery of the food processor, and I have a nice Cuisinart one in my pantry (a Christmas gift) – It is just so big and a pain to clean, etc.

    I LOVE my Pampered Chef cheese grater – It has the crank handle – Everything can just go in the dishwasher, so no weird cleanup issues, and it makes the cheese grating go by very quickly!

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