The Ranting Chef does not get paid or receive any revenue from manufactures or retailers of products reviewed. I occasionally receive products that I am asked to use and see what I think. I take a look, try them out and tell you all about them.
I received a shipment from Microplane the other day.
Inside was their new Elite Box Grater.
This updated box grater is an all-in-one tool with five different grating blades.
One side contains two different blades including the fine grater. This is designed to zest limes and lemons or to grate hard cheeses like parmesan.
The other side of this panel is the coarse grater that you use for carrots and other hard veggies or cheeses.
The large shaver works great for chocolate and for other items you want a large slice from.
The ribbon grater works when you move food across it in either direction and is perfect for softer cheeses or small shavings.
The ultra coarse can be used for a lot of different foods, such as cheese, cucumbers or ginger.
Besides having five grating blade types, this box grater has a few other really cool features. The first is this bottom slide. It stays in place when you grate so your counter stays clean but is easy to remove when you want to put your grated food in a bowl or pan.
The corners have clear measuring lines on them. I have many recipes that call for ½ cup of shredded or grated this or that. Normally I grate, measure, grate some more, measure, grate, (you get the idea). This is just so easy to measure while you are grating.
Here is my old box grater that will never see the light of day again now that the Microplane Elite Box Grater is here.
Time to put it to the test. I needed 2 ½ cups of shredded swiss cheese.
In a handful of seconds I had what I needed.
See the finely grated parmesan? I took off the bottom slide to show you but I just keep it in place until I slide it open over my pan.
My Take: You might wonder what new could be done with a box grater. I was a little skeptical as well, but I really like the Microplane Elite Box Grater. The handle fits your hand well, the five grating blades allows you to have one tool to do all your shredding and grating needs and the bottom slide and measuring cup marked windows are basic but really cool additions. it is dishwasher safe, so it is easy to clean. I wholly recommend it, especially if you have an old one like I did. You can purchase the Elite Box Grater here.