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ZYLISS Classic Rotary Cheese Grater - NSF Restaurant Certified
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- NSF Restaurant Certified rotary cheese grater meeting strict standards for public health protection
- Fine drum for grating hard cheeses, chocolate, nuts and more
- Drum and handle separate for easy cleaning
- Handle switches sides for left or right handed use
- 5 Year Zyliss Guarantee - Dishwasher Safe
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The Zyliss Classic Cheese Grater is designed to grate more cheese in less time, while being more comfortable to use. Used table-side in restaurants and households alike. Comes with fine drum for grating hard cheeses, chocolate, nuts and more. Grating drum is now easier to remove for cleaning. NSF Restaurant Certified.
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UPDATE 7/15/2017: After using this almost daily for about five months it is still holding up phenominally. It continues to grate cheese perfectly and has had no issues. Cleanup is so easy and we love freshly grated cheese on just about everything.
PS: these sorts of graters are meant for hard cheeses only (parmesan or romano, etc.) Do not attempt to shred soft cheese such as cheddar or swiss in them - that is not what they're meant for; you will only end up with a sticky mess.
Most Italian restaurants have a shaker jar of grated cheese on the table. When you sit down at the table, unscrew the lid of this jar and take some cheese out with a spoon. Then put some between your thumb and your index finger, and squeeze. If the cheese sticks together in a clump, it's good fresh cheese. However, if it if it does not clump together when you squeeze it, it's either old, stale cheese, or it's that tasteless, pre-grated, store bought stuff that contains up to 50% cellulose (wood) which serves as an anti-clumping agent. If this is the case, just get up and leave without ordering. If this is the best the restaurant can do with its grated cheese, it's a good indication that the restaurant does not serve high-quality Italian food.
Now, here's some information about which Italian cheese you may want to buy for grating. Most people just refer to all of these Cheese's as Parmesan cheese. There are, in fact, three distinct types of Italian cheese to use for grating. The first, and mildest cheese, is called Romano.
Next, is Parmesan cheese. Although many people use the term parmesan to refer to any Italian cheese used for grating, it is actually a specific type of cheese. It's a sharper cheese than the Romano, but not the sharpest Italian cheese.
The Italian cheese that has the sharpest flavor, is called Lucatelli. Of course, in order to find this cheese, you'll have to go to an Italian deli that Imports many of its products. If you have a Little Italy in your town, this is where you'll most likely find an Italian deli. In San Diego, where I live, there's an Italian Restaurant and Deli in Little Italy called Filippi's.
As I'm sure you already know, a hard cheese can last virtually forever in a refrigerator. It's important though, to wrap it in plastic and not paper. Otherwise the refrigerator will dry it out. I'm only telling you this because most Italian delis will wrap the cheese in paper and not plastic. And, if you keep the cheese in a block and only grate it when you use it, it will stay fresh forever.
Because a hard cheese will not go bad in the refrigerator, you don't have to wash your Zyliss grater every time you use it. All you have to do is put your Zyliss grater in a ziplock bag with your cheese and put it in the refrigerator. There's no need to wash it if the cheese on it isn't going to go bad. (Yes Mom, I know I should wash it anyway.)
Lastly, here's a tip for how to grate a soft cheese. In descriptions of cheese graters, it will usually say somewhere that it's not possible to great a soft cheese. Not true. If you ever want to grate a soft cheese, all you have to do is freeze it first. If you're using a cheese grater like the Zyliss that has a small compartment to put the cheese into, it's best to cut the cheese into pieces before you freeze it. This is because it's a lot harder to cut it into pieces after it's frozen.
I decided to purchase this older model after reading many rotary grater reviews. The design is a little outdated, but the sturdiness makes up for it. It is actually a lot smaller than I expected which is a plus since it takes up less room. Some people have stated that they want a container part to pop the whole device into the refrigerator. An easy solution is to just pop the device into a ziplock bag.