Updated: October 12, 2016
Rotary Grater ReviewsWhen it comes to slicing food, a good grater can make a world of difference. Box and pyramid graters work well for softer cheeses and other foods. If you've ever tried to grate something really hard like parmesan cheese or almonds and nearly sliced your knuckles off when you slip, you know it can be a little tricky. Rotary graters solve this problem by getting your hands and delicate skin out of the way of the sharp grating surface. With a rotary grater, you open the handle and put your food to be grated into the hopper, where it's held in place by the handle grip when you close it. You then turn the handle, which spins the grating drum against the food (all done inside the device, so again you never worry about the grater cutting or scraping you), and voila, out comes the grated material. Rotary graters are great for slicing and grating things like chocolate, nutmeg, hard cheeses, or nuts. You can also use them right at the table and deliver freshly grated cheese over meals. Some people use them for softer cheese, but I find they work best on harder materials. In this guide, we will take a look at the most popular rotary cheese graters out there and find out what you should expect to pay for them.
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Best Rotary Grater:RECOMMENDED: Our favorite rotary grater is made by Microplane ($20-$25). Microplane makes a variety of kitchen cutting and slicing utensils, mostly in the form of zesters and graters (they also make wood working tools, which is what they got their start in). What makes their products unique is how they are made. Instead of punching holes in metal to create cutting surfaces, they use a process called photo-etching to dissolve holes in the metal with chemicals, resulting in very fine, very sharp edges that simply slice better. The Microplane rotary grater works like all rotary graters. You flip open the hinged handle, pop your chunk of cheese or whatever in the hopper, close the handle lightly with one hand, and with the other, start turning the crank. You don't have to squeeze the handle hard - even a light grip keeps the food in contact with the cutting blades. Since you can take the drum and handle out, you can use it in either left or right handed mode (just switch it to the other side). The body is all molded plastic, but the grating blades are made of surgical grade stainless steel, and the whole thing is dishwasher safe and easy to clean (to make cleaning even easier, you should soak or rinse it in warm water after use -- that softens up and helps remove any food "chunks" stuck in the grate). It comes with two grating drums, one coarse and one fine, and a cleaning brush. We like the fact that they are inexpensive and easy to clean, and they really are sharp -- they make quick work of any grating chore you throw at them. Overall a great buy (available in white, black, and red). CHECK LOW PRICE AND BUY HERE.
Now keep in mind these things are made of plastic. We read some reviews of people snapping off the handles and breaking them, but if you use them correctly, that shouldn't happen. Also, remember the grating drum is SHARP - wrap a towel or something around it when removing the drum from the handle so you don't cut yourself.