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In terms of actual shredding time, a food processor is faster.

metal Goodwill cheese grater

But when you factor in the time it takes to haul the processor out of the cabinet, set it up, and then wash it, I feel like my box grater is faster overall.

I suppose this would change if I had to shred pounds and pounds of cheese, but for an 8-ounce block, I opt for the box grater every time.

Do you feel the same, or are you a food processor fan?


P.S. I found my grater at Goodwill but Cook’s Illustrated highly recommends this Rosle Stainless Steel Coarse Grater. Or if you want a box style like mine, they recommend this Cuisipro 4-Sided Boxed Grater. They strongly feel that the Rosle one is the best grater out there, though.   And at $28, it’s way cheaper than a food processor!

P.P.S. I do love my food processor for some things, like making strawberry banana ice cream or slicing for scalloped potatoes.   But for grating cheese, it’s not my favorite.

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Emily N.

Saturday 11th of July 2015

I don't have a food processor (although I'd like one!), so I can't comment on that part, but I must admit to not understanding the appeal of a box grater. Doesn't the cheese just get all smushed up and stuck inside the box part? I've always had a flat grater that can be laid across a bowl.


Friday 10th of July 2015

I have this ikea grater. It comes with a lid!! I love it so much. I bought one for each of my sisters. It is so much easier on my hands grating horizontal. It also seems faster. It is nice to grate a lot, snap the lid on, and use it during the week. I love love love love it!! It is one of my favorite things to use in my kitchen (right behind my KitchenAid and atk recommended chef knife - neither of which grate cheese well).

Mrs. LC@LooseChangeLiving

Friday 10th of July 2015

I use a flat grater for cheese when needed. Have never owned a food processor even though I cook from scratch. Just never cared to deal with all the pieces.


Friday 10th of July 2015

I made the same realization about 6 months ago! I was actually buying shredded cheese because I hated dragging out the food processor every time. I find that I not only spend less time using my box grater, but I actually save a little money and the cheese tastes and melts better too.

Terri W.

Thursday 9th of July 2015

I use my food processor when making salsa, cole slaw, shredding zucchini, slicing or shredding potatoes. I use the cheese grater for cheese. Another thing I use my processor for is making pie crust or pizza crust! First read about doing pizza crust in the Tightwad Gazette. It works very well! Pie crust also is very fast that way! To clean it I fill it partly with water, squirt in a touch of Dawn and let it whirl! Easy clean-up!

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