One of the must-haves in the kitchen has to be the trusty grater. This is also one thing that I find very annoying, especially when it comes to cleaning. The typical 4-sided graters can be tricky to clean thoroughly without the use of a dishwasher and the simple design of the Cuisipro Fine Rasp and Grater changed my opinion that graters are more hassle than they are worth. I bought mine from the wonderful Lakeland a few years back now and I am unsure whether they still do this exact model, but if you can find one for sale they are worth taking a look at. Measuring 11.5inches the rasp and grater is a very useful tool in the kitchen, whether it be for zesting lemons or grating garlic or potatoes, this product allows you to almost effortlessly cut such tasks down to size.
A handy plastic cover comes in useful when you aren't using the rasp as it protects the sharp surfaces and also doubles up as a measuring tool. On the right side of the plastic cover are measurements in tablespoons, and on the other side the measurements go up in 5ml stages. The thought gone in to this product is clear to see. The bottom edge of the rasp has a band of rubber to keep it firm on kitchen worktops, and the comfortable handle is easy to grasp.
I would definately recommend looking out for the Cuisipro Fine Rasp and Grater. Online sites such as Amazon are well worth a try and Cuisipro do a range of these graters from course to very fine. The cost is reasonable for the quality and with it been from Lakeland I was willing to pay that bit extra for something that would last and is actually a worthwhile product to use. Overall I am very happy that I can finally keep a grater clean!
This little gadget is one I wouldn't want to be without in my kitchen although it does tend to look like it belongs in a carpenters workshop rather than a kitchen. The Cuisipro Fine Rasp is for those occasions when you want something really finely grated. Parmesan or zest for example.
The fine rasp grater is approximately 30cm's long and is made from stainless steel. It has a soft grip handle which is nicely shaped so it feels comfortable and doesn't slip in your hand whilst using it. The grater also has a non slip end so it wont slip around your chopping board or work surface while using it.
The secret to this gadget are the little cutting edges, they are razor sharp. They really do make grating effortless and give good results every time.
The rasp grater comes with a protective plastic cover that clips on. This is a good idea as the little cutters really are sharp, but this cover also doubles up as a little food catcher.
One of my favourite recipes is key lime pie which needs the grated zest of 5 limes. When I used to use a regular grater I would have to try and scrape half the zest from the little cutters as they always got clogged up with the zest. With this new grater the zest doesn't get stuck in the cutters and collects in the plastic food catcher meaning more of the flavour ends up in the dish rather than in the washing up bowl. This little cover is also marked so you can see how much you have grated.
The rasp is also brilliant for chocolate, parmesan and vegetables once again catching the finely grated food in the little food catcher rather than clogging up the blades, chocolate grates particularly nicely giving a lovely topping for cakes or ice cream desserts and as everything is grated so finely you tend to need less making it economical in both the amount of chocolate needed and also calories.
I bought my rasp from Amazon for about £12.00 but they are available from many on line cook ware shops including e bay. Prices vary quite considerably, I have seen them ranging from £10 - £20.00 so shopping around is worth while.
Despite being made from stainless steel and dishwasher safe the makers do advise that you hand wash the grater.
I would recommend the Cuisipro Fine Rasp especially if your cooking requires finely grated ingredients. It will ensure all the food and flavour actually gets in the dish.
I love this grater
Whatever you're grating, you use more economically. I'm a student and whatever savings I can make are important. Really really finely grated cheese covers a dish and looks like twice as much. The light, fluffy gratings really do trick you into thinking you've been really generous, when you've hardly use anything at all. This might be a good idea for people trying to cut a few calories and compromise on garnishing their food.
If you're melting cheese, chocolate, whatever, this really is the best grater. The ultra fine shreds melt really smoothly, really quickly and at a lower heat. You can grate right into sauces or batters and just watch it melt in as you stir. It really saves time and washing up. No more burnt chocolate microwave disasters!
The grate is really strong and sharp, excellent quality and well made. Same can't be said about the handle..
I have two complaints about my grater.
The first one is that the handle snapped off. It was only made fairly thin and brittle plastic. It had a crack in it, which made it more or less un-usable shortly before snapping off all together. It's still possible to use the grater by just holding onto one edge but it's tricky, annoying and you get sticky fingers.
It's also a bit of a nightmare to wash up. It washes well in a dishwasher, but I don't have one of them anymore. The tiny grates are hard to get out and because it's so sharp and good quality, it shreds my sponges!
A grater is one of the mainstays in the kitchen. I know I couldn't cope without a generous helping of grated cheese on my jacket potato, shepherds pie or all over a huge bowl of pasta.
But sometimes you need a grater which is a bit more sophisticated, for ingredients that need to be finely grated, such as whole spices or Parmesan cheese. That's where the Fine Rasp Grater comes into play.
It is similar to the Microplane graters that I used when I did my cooking course for grating garlic and for zesting, but I prefer the design of the Cuisipro Accutec Rasp. It is long and narrow, with a plastic cover to protect the sharp blades when not in use. The cover doubles up as a food catcher, as you can attach it to the back of the grater and I find this minimises any mess.
Another brilliant feature is the cover also has measurements on it. On the left side it has 1 tsp, 2 tsp, 1 Tbsp, 2 Tbsp and 3 Tbsp. On the right side it has millilitres in 5ml increments, starting from 5ml and going up to 45ml. I find this incredibly handy for when a recipe calls for a specific amount, for example lemon zest, which can be very tricky to get into a measuring spoon without a whole heap of faff!
The handle is really comfortable to hold and the stainless steel razor-sharp, double-sided acid-etched blades make light work of hard ingredients such as fresh nutmeg and frozen ginger (that's where I store mine to keep it fresh!).
It has a non-slip rubber end, so you can rest it on the board and hold the grater vertically if you find it easier, but it is so easy to use that this is really not necessary.
It is easy to wash up by hand, but it is also dishwasher safe.
I think this is a brilliantly designed product and what's even better is that it costs half the price of a Microplane grater!
I got mine from Lakeland for £9.78 back in October, but they don't appear to stock it anymore on their website. It is however available on good old Amazon and other online retailers.
Measures 11.5 inches/29 cm long.
This Fine Rasp is the first of five in a collection of rasps. The others available are: Extra Coarse Rasp, Parmesan Rasp, 2-Way Rasp and Small Shaver Rasp.