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Deluxe Cheese Grater
Product number: 80725-006-0000
Manufacturer: Starfrit Gourmet
List price: $21.99
Warranty: 1 year
Dimensions: 6-3/4" x 5-3/4" x 3
Weight: 11.5 oz
Composition: see text
Made In: China
Type:Rotary cheese grater
Color:Black, silver, gray
Ambitions
Apparent goal: kids gift/registry home kitchens restaurants everywhere
Intended audience: novice advanced beginner good home cook gourmet professional
Diet/nutrition: does not apply scary empty promises helpful essential
Green?: not especially neutral mixed blessing earth friendly green!
Innovative: step back standing still progress trendy genius
Problem solving: no better baby steps solid steps giant steps a revelation
Competition: outclassed follower in the pack strong challenger likely champ
Utility/Quality
Ease of use: impossible frustrating OK simple child's play
Intuitive: Ph.D. required barely logical effortless brilliant
Instructions: missing incomprehensible adequate unnecessary excellent
Quality: cheesy questionable good years of service impressive
Parts to lose: inevitable some/many one-piece self-storing not a problem
Power source: none hands batteries outlet green
Clean-up: nightmare wipe clean soap & water scouring pad dishwasher (top)
Does it work?: not at all adequately well very well perfectly
Availability: airfare required online kitchen store department store supermarket
Packaging
Easy to open?: impossible maddening tolerable good opens itself
Green?: fills a landfill huge waste passable minimal waste impressive
Economy
Time saving: time wasting not really modest substantial huge
Labor saving: less efficient marginal a bit noticeable remarkable
Money saving: money wasted none $ $$ $$$
Beats the old way: worse no change better definitely entirely new
Where will it live?: garage/attic drawer cabinet countertop elsewhere
Summary
Fulfills ambitions: falls short almost there satisfies exceeds home run
How often used: once/twice ≥daily ≥weekly ≥monthly ≥yearly/holidays
Worth the space?: no does not apply w/unlimited space w/limited space absolutely
Need it?: a luxury discretionary basic equipment for serious cooks get it
Value: ouch! a little pricey worth splurging on the money a deal
Overall rating: skip it fair good very good excellent

Comments:This rotary grater grates cheeses and other foods with two interchangeable stainless steel drums. One has larger holes for firm cheeses (such as cheddar, mozzarella, Swiss, gouda), as well as carrots; the other has smaller holes for hard cheeses (Parmesan and Romano), as well as chocolate, nuts, ginger, nutmeg, etc.

The grater easily switches from right-hand to left-hand use. Its sturdiness surprised us, made with a chrome-plated die-cast aluminum press, stainless steel grating drums, non-slip Santoprene handle and knob (we don't know what Santoprene is, either), and a body made of "ultra-durable" plastic. The grater can be easily disassembled, and can be cleaned in the top rack of a dishwasher.

There is a little something we don't understand here, in that there is a shaker included that is supposed to attach directly to the drum, in which you can shred and store your gratings (or as we like to call them, raspings). We were finally able to attach the shaker successfully, but it took a lot of force and we almost gave up because we were afraid something would break. It didn't matter very much to us, because the instructions suggested only using it with the fine drum and only with dry food, and we, of course, want all or nothing. Nonetheless, you can scoop your grated food into the shaker if you want. It has a little cap, so you can store your food, and it seems to close pretty securely.

A criticism is that the grater's hopper is quite small, so you almost have to cube your cheese and load it fairly often. We have known people with smaller hands to have trouble getting enough leverage with some other rotary graters, however, so maybe the smaller hopper makes it easier for more people to use. If that is the case, we don't begrudge a little extra preliminary cutting. There is also some space between the body of the grater and the grating wheel, so a modest amount of ungrated cheese is left after you are finished cranking, and we are still considering whether or not we begrudge that.

OK, we looked it up and Santoprene is a trade name for a thermoplastic vulcanizate, a high performance elastomer that combines the best qualities of vulcanized rubber with the processing ease of thermoplastics. If we had known it was that cool, we'd have looked it up ages ago. What a world, huh?



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