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It's fair to say that I have accumulated quite a few gadgets over the years and I will buy almost anything for my kitchen if I think it's going to make me a goddess and help me save a little bit of time when preparing meals like I do most nights. I actually received this gadget from my Mum for Christmas and upon researching I can see that this would have cost her in the region of £5.00-£10.00 which I think would be perfectly reasonably for this gadget.
The grater has three different drums which you can swap over to get different sized gratings. You can slice things, grate them or shred them and I have already used each of the different drums since getting this for Christmas. I have been using the grater one for cheese and the shredded one for onion. It's quite easy to clip the drums on and the handle can be used either way round depending on whether you are left or right handed so it's suitable for most people. It's so simple to use the grater just place what you want to shred, grate or slice in the small area then you press down with the top of the handle and then rotate the main handle. I find that it's easy to use and not much strength is required to use it, however, the one problem for me is that not everything is removed and if I'm using onion or garlic I end up having to scoop it out and then it's quite hard to wash this out.
Overall I think this is a very reasonable price for the fantastic quality of this product. It's very simple to use and while it's a little fiddly to clean it's fair to say that all cheese graters are really. I have found it very easy to switch over the different bits and there have been quite a few different fruits & vegetables that I have used in this now with fantastic results. Besides having to scoop out the little bits that are left behind I think it's a really good grater. Even my other half is able to use it with ease which is a miracle in itself! Also, this can go in the dishwasher if you are lazy (like me) simply find any excess off because putting it in your dishwasher. This gadget has been a fantastic time saver for me when cooking big dinners for my family and it's ideal when I have lots of cheese to grate for sandwiches as I can just cut cheese up in to blocks and then it takes just a few minutes to get the whole thing grated and with minimal effort.
When my fiancé and myself bought our home we got several little things as presents from friends and family. One of those was the Kitchen Craft Stainless Steel Rotary Grater. I was amazed that style of grater was still being produced, I can remember my Grandma using one when I was younger.
The Rotary grater actually looks quite a complicated gadget. It comes with 3 different graters which are like little barrels with a handle attached to them. You also get what looks like a type of nut cracker with a square box attached to it. It is made of 2 arms which are joined with a hinge to enable them to be opened up.
The three barrels are all different and can be used for grating,slicing and shredding.
I suppose you could actually try anything in the grater within reason but the barrels are designed for use with cheese, nuts, chocolate and vegetables.
To use the grater first choose the barrel you wish to use and place it in the little round hole which is one end of the main part of the grater. You then open the arms up and place whatever it is you want to grate in the little box on the main body of the grater. You then close the 2 arms back together and one of them will sit inside the box on top of whatever you are about to grate. You then continue to press down on this and at the same time turn the little handle attached to the barrel. The idea is that as you turn the handle the food will be pressed down onto it and will grate or shred and drop out of the bottom of the grater.
That's the idea, however the reality is very different. To start with you need to make sure that whatever you are grating or shredding is small enough to fit in the little box. This is ok if its something like nuts you are grating but to do a large piece of cheese you first have to cut it up into smaller blocks. Once each little box full has been grated you need to stop grating and re load. All time consuming and fiddly. I have also found that the entire piece of cheese doesn't grate. Often it gets squeezed out of the edges and instead of having a nice pile of grated cheese you end up with a lot of squashed pieces too.
The rotary grater is made of stainless steel and to clean it I just use hot soapy water and a little brush, but it is dishwasher proof for those who have one.
Despite being a relatively simple idea the whole thing is, in my opinion, a very time consuming way to grate a bit of cheese! I often grate a whole block of cheese at once and store in a container. Yo do this with a rotary grater you first need to cut it up, while I am doing that I could be grating.
My grater was a gift but they are available from several on line stores such as Amazon and Denny and Sons.
I cant say I recommend this grater, its fiddly and makes a simple quick task time consuming. I have since bought myself an ordinary wash board style grater and the Kitchen Craft rotary grater has been pushed to the back of a drawer.
I do have 1 good point to make about this grater and that is your fingers and nails are safe. There s no way you can accidentally grate them, but apart from this its not my ideal kitchen gadget.
~Feeling cheesed off?~
I first saw this little stainless steel grater being worked to its limits by a very enthusiastic market trader who had all manner of handy so called 'time saving' little gadgets on display and was surrounded by a crowd of fascinated market day shoppers who seemed to be really impressed with the way this simple set up made quick work of all kinds of food stuffs. At the time I recall being somewhat impressed by the stainless steel cheese grating wonder and soon parted company with my pennies all too keenly. What I ended up with was a very simple set of stainless steel rotary cutters which each had a small handle on, along with the main body of the grating machine that was made from the same hopefully easy to care for stainless steel material.
The set that I got comprised of a slicer blade that made fine slices of cucumber, carrot, potato and courgettes with a little effort, although more often than not this created quite a large mess of my work tops at the same time. There was also a large sized grater for using to make thicker more coarsely grated vegetables and cheese, as well as a much finer grater which was useful for using to get a very finely grated result with a number of foodstuffs. All that I needed to do in order to grate away whatever took my fancy was to make sure everything was cut into a size that would fit into the space left in the mini feeder compartment, then close down the top arm of the machine and apply a little pressure then rotate the handle on the grater part.
~What kinds of food items will this work with?
When my stainless steel rotary grating set was new I used it quite often as I liked the way it could be used to make use of a variety of grated and sliced food items like grated carrots and onions that could be used to make up coleslaw at a reasonably good speed, along with grated cucumber for raita or tzatziki etc. I also used the little rotary grater to grate potatoes to use in home made meatballs which were mixed with bread crumbs, onions, herbs and lean minced beef and even found a way to make some very tasty cheese based versions which had grated cheddar, halloumi and paprika substituted for the minced beef.
I really found that in the early days of having bought the little rotary grater I used it quite often as it worked reasonably well (with certain limitations) with a little elbow grease and with it being new it was somewhat of a novelty to use. Other things that I found worked well enough when placed into the rotary grater were all kinds of nuts from almonds to pistachios and peanuts to walnuts, which I found could be used to top desserts or go in stir frys, be used in baking and could even be rolled around frozen ice cream balls, drizzled with honey then left to set for an hour or so in the freezer to make a very inviting yet simple dessert.
~What are the downsides to using one of these?~
Over time I must admit my enthusiasm for using the grater diminished greatly as I found that the mess created when using it was far more then when simply using a 4 sided standing tower type stainless steel hand grater which could be stood on a plate or in a bowl, with no mess left outside it once the items that needed grating had been dealt with. I also found that that with certain food stuffs, (especially cheese) the mess and build up left on the grating heads and the compartment where the cheese was placed ready to be grated up, could often be rather hard to clean off without washing the set of graters and the main body by hand rather than flinging the whole set into the dishwasher.
~Rating and price~
When I bought my stainless steel rotary grater set I was able to buy it quite cheaply and as I recall it cost around £4 for all the parts which were needed in order to be able to slice and grate various items of food. I feel that in terms of value for money (I felt it worked out as being £1 per piece), the set seemed good value for what it was. The downsides of using the grater soon became too time consuming to deal with as there was often quite an amount of mess made when using it and the cleaning times were something of an issue too as it had to be cleaned by hand rather than placed into the dishwasher.
I found that more and more over time I went back to using my usual grater for everything except the various nuts that I wanted chopped up to make desserts with and the rotary grater became more of a hinderance in my mind than a help. As I feel these rotary graters can be helpful at certain times (with limitations), yet can also be time consuming and messy to use and clean up afterwards I feel that a mid way rating of 3 stars is more than fair, as there seem to be almost as many plus points about this set as there are minus points once you get bored with its novelty value.
As some of you know, I work in a bakery cafe . One of my jobs each week is to grate the cheese that is delivered - three large 10kg blocks of it .
When I first started my job, we had a small manual grater- the traditional pyramid shaped one with four surfaces allowing for a different courseness of grate . However, I soon began to have problems using this, as after grating a few kilos of cheese my fingers would become incredibly stiff, making it hard for me to get a good grip, and on more than one occasion causing me to grate my hand a little .
My boss told me to go and get a grater that would be suitable for me to use, and after looking at the various items on offer in the local Lakeland shop, I opted for this rotary grater . There were other options that were quite tempting, such as a 'Mandolin' grater, however should my hands get stiff while using, the blades on those were lethally sharp and would result in me losing more than a little bit of skin.
The rotary grater is simple to use - there is a circular hole in the middle into which you can insert one of the different drums that come with it, each geared to a different thickness of cheese. You can have a course grate, a medium grate, even a very fine grate for hard cheeses such as parmesan .
You then insert a block of cheese into the squared opening, and use the lever to push it down. With your other hand you then crank the handle round and round, causing the drum to spin and forcing the cheese against the blades.
I find this much safer for me personally to use - the design means that, aside from inserting the drum, there is no need for my fingers to be anywhere near the blade at all. The handle is easy to grip comfortably, and although I initially found it very stiff to turn when it was new, it seems to have become easier with time as the mechanism has loosened up a little. Grating the cheese is quite an exercise - it really does make you work your arms, and if like me,you grate large amounts at a time, I think you might be entitled to a cheeky biscuit to replace all the calories you burn off!
There are a couple of small disadvantages - the drums being separate from the main body of the grater does mean that we've had to store it in the box when not in use, for fear of one of them going missing. I also find the opening for the cheese to go into quite small, so I do need to spend some time prior to grating cutting down the catering size blocks into smaller pieces the machine can manage.
I also find it quite troublesome to get this completely clean after use - however, this is something I have found many graters to have in common- they all seem to need a good scrubbing to get the cheese out of all the holes.
I don't necessarily think this makes grating cheese any easier - after all, it really is a good arm workout . It does however make it faster and safer.
Overall, I think this is a great grater - saving my hands from getting into contact with the cutting edge, and generally making the process much safer for me . 4 stars
I wonder how many expensive and sophisticated kitchen gadgets stand in dark corners of cupboards gathering dust. When smart sales people demonstrate the skills of such technical miracles, everything looks easy-peasy. Once you're home, you find that assembling the thingy takes more time than you need for the job you want to perform proper. How long does it take to get it out of the box, assemble it, plug it in and switch it on? How long does it take to cut an onion into small pieces with a kitchen knife? See?
No battery-driven potato peelers or pepper mills hereabouts, with the exception of a simple mixer for mashing fruit to make jam and an even simpler hand-held mixer to whip cream or whisk egg white and a toaster I have only hand-operated household helpers. The Kitchen Craft Stainless Steel Rotary Grater is one of them. I've had it for ages, I really can't say when I purchased it.
It comes with three interchangeable drums for slicing, grating and shredding. You put the one you need into the lower part of a kind of gripper with the handle to the right if you work with your right hand or to the left if you're a leftie. You put the food you want to slice, grate or shred into the small container which sits at the end of the lower part of the gripper and is folded over the drum. Then you press it down with the end of the upper part of the gripper (with the hand you don't use for turning the handle) and rotate the handle. The sliced, grated or shredded food falls out of the inside of the drum. Part of it, however, remains inside and must be taken out with, say, a spoon.
I don't use the drum for slicing, and I rarely use the drum for shredding. This is useful if you want to cover vegetables with bits of cheese and then put the pot into the oven (I prefer laying thin slices of cheese on the vegetables). I mostly use the drum for grating. What I grate is dry, hard cheese, for example Parmesan cheese, which is then strewn over a plate of spaghetti. Of course, you can also use a battery driven cheese grinder, but believe me, the spaghetti don't taste better with cheese ground that way. Give the money you save to charity! I also use it for grinding hazel nuts for baking biscuits or nutmeg for spicing pumpkin soup.
Occasionally I want to coat a schnitzel with breadcrumbs, if I don't have any in store, I grind a dry and hard slice of bread (I don't throw dry and hard slices of bread away but collect them, when the bag is full, a girl gets them for her horse.)
You can put the Kitchen Craft Stainless Steel Rotary Grater into the dishwasher. If you haven't got one, you can clean it the traditional way. It must be said that pieces of not completely dry cheese may stick in the holes of the grinding drum. I don't see this as a problem, you can put it in a bowl of water for some time and then use a brush to clean away the remains. Not every customer is happy with this product, though, ratings on Amazon go from one to five stars. I can't complain. Amazon sells it for 6.89 GBP, if you think of its longevity - I wouldn't know how to destroy it - then you know that this is a bargain.
Having owned many different gadgets in the kitchen and certainly a various graters i think this has been one of the better graters I have used. The kitchen Craft Rotary Grater is very easy to operate by using the handle to rotate the grater overwhatever you wish to grate. There are different drums that come with this Rotary Grater which allow you to grate a whole array of vegetables and cheeses etc. in a variety of cuts. The grater itself is reasonably sutrdy made from stainless steel and there is also a plate to push down to force the food you are grating onto the blade to protect your pinkies! I find it particularly handy at grating cheese, vegetables and also nuts so the uses for it are endless.
The main reason you should all go rush out and buy one of these graters is that it will save a fortune over buying pre-grated cheese from the supermarket as it only costs a few pounds from places such as Amazon. I have also seen them for sale in the kitchenware section at Morrisons and they are very cheap indeed. The slicer and small and large grating barrels are very easy to remove and replace but it is a shame there is no way to store the other blades on the tool itself to prevend you from losing the unused barrels! I keep mine in a drawer to prevent me from losing the various different pieces and it gets a lot of use as once I have unpacked my shopping I grate a whole block of cheese at once using it. I simply cut the block into manageable chunks and then get turning the handle.
The only problem I have found is with cleaning the product. i have always found problems cleaning every grater I have owned, and this one is certainly no different. I find that it largly depends on what you have been grating and that cheese is probably the hardest thing to clean from it. I find by just soaking it in the bowl after you finish the washing up and then give it a rinse after drying up and it is spotless, recommended!
Kitchen craft are a company who produce / supply a very large and very varied range of Kitchen ware which is widely available at many high street and on line stores. They have a very comprehensive website themselves, which is a showcase for their wares, but unfortunately not a sales outlet for them - www.kitchencraft.co.uk
Stainless steel rotary grater with three drums.
We bought this Slicer / Grater from Amazon as a replacement for a similar item which had rusted out after many years of Sterling service. The brief is very simple, open the jaws / handle of the device and insert the Grating / slicing drum, of your choice, into the circular body of the Grater. Place a piece of cheese, or chocolate or Nuts etc into the small rectangular hopper and close the top Jaw / handle down onto it. Press the handles together and turn the handle of the drum. Grated or sliced Cheese or Chocolate etc drops out of the side of the Drum. Brilliantly simple and no grated / sliced fingers / knuckles. That, of course, is the best reason to buy a Grater of this type.
I always used to hate those flat Graters at the best of times. Having been devout users of this type of Slicer / Grater for years we knew what to expect but were somewhat disappointed with what arrived.
Oh, the Grater was virtually identical in terms of Design and size, the operation was identical. And the results were similar. The three drums give you a choice of finely grated / coarsely grated or thin sliced product... So what's the problem then you say?....... In a nutshell, the Quality of the device...
Compared to our old version this was like comparing a Rolls Royce to a Mini. OK the thing is made of Stainless steel, the Quality of which is unknown but probably very dubious, as opposed to what was a plated version all those years ago. But the Steel, nay plate of which this thing is made, is so thin as to be not much stronger than Paper, which according to the box is Dishwasher safe, we shall see.
The Grater is so flimsy it twists in every direction possible when in operation. I have no idea how long it will last but I doubt it will be anything like its predecessor. The handles of the Drums, which is what you hold in order to actually rotate the Drum, is made of cheap Plastic and will likely fall off within a few months. I have actually retained our older Drums, complete with Metal handles in order to have some spares for the near future. That is how confident I am of the durability of the new item.
Clearly, the Grater is manufactured down to a price, about 99p would be right I think, but for £7.00 I expect something a lot more substantial than this. It's a shame really, as for a few more pennies at the manufacturing stage a good quality and much more substantial Slicer / Grater could have been made with no more effort.
Overall, we are reasonably happy with the performance of the Grater, but, as the song says: - "Fings ain't what they used to be".
Recommended? - Not really, but at least it does its job at the moment. I shall keep a look out at a Car boot sale for a proper "Old un" though.