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I purchased my cheese grater last year while attending a pampered chef party. At first I wasn't interested in the product as I am highly allergic to cheese so have no use for a cheese grater, but the Pampered Chef rep told me how it would grate boiled eggs, carrots, chocolate, onion etc etc According to the rep what it couldn't grate wasnt worth grating. The sales pitch worked as I started to think I wouldn't just like one I actually needed one. I convinced myself and my mother we could make light work of coleslaw and shepherds pies and we both went ahead and added them to our order forms. Once I had recieved it I rushed to open the box and try it out. the boys in this house have electrical gadgets I have kitchen ones. It slotted together easily and I had no problems with putting it together at all. It came with two grating drums which meant I could choose large or small grated pieces. I tried carrots first with some success although the hold you need on the handle to successfully apply pressure to the item being grated was more than I had imagined. I found it tiresome to apply that much pressure for too long. Courgettes are easy and grated well. Onions were a complete joke (did I buy this item in April) I did get annoyed with the fact the grating drum didn't always empty well and some food got stuck in the far end making it difficult to remove. Over time my husband has tried it on cheese which is what it is designed for. The same problem with the cheese getting stuck in the far end of the drum drives him mad. The only way we can stop this from happening is to put the cheese in the freezer ten minutes before trying to grate. I did find the fact you can change the handle to suit left or right handed people very handy especially as we have both in our house. My cheese grater has now started to split along the handle, I presume this is from the pressure used to squeeze the handle together, it has weakened the plastic handle. I would have thought for £20 it was designed to last longer than that, especially as we only use it about once a month. I tend to not bother looking in the draw for it now and have reverted back to my cheap grater that has been going strong for 12 years, and it was certainly cheaper than the pampered chef one.
Another Pampered Chef product - the cheese grater. I first saw this design when the representative used it in her demonstration. It seemed so easy and an interesting design that I popped one on my order. It wasn't without some thought though as the price tag was £19.00. A lot of money for a cheese grater but I was feeling flush at the time! When I got my grater and used it for the first time though I was quite disappointed. It is put together by slotting the desired grater drum inside the circular portion at the end of the grater. Then there is a rectangular box in which you put your cheese or carrot or whatever needs to be grated. On the handle is a drop down presser that pushes on the food item as you hold the handle and as you wind the handle to turn the drum it grates the food which falls out the side directly into your bowl or container. Everything sounds good and looked good but when you come to actually use it, it really let me down. The space to put your cheese etc was very small and you have to cut the right shaped chunks of cheese to fit in there before you can grate. And even then you have to keep putting new chunks in as it grates down. I also found that it always left pieces of cheese or carrot in the compartment. No matter how hard I pressed on to them they would not go through the grater and this was very annoying. I must admit I brought this mainly for carrot as I was making a lot of carrot cake at the time and hated grating carrot with my normal grater. I thought this would be ideal but it is a real let down. It is good for chocolate grating but again it leaves that last chuck in the container, although this is nice to eat, it is still frustrating. Cleaning is a nightmare too, as you have to take it all apart and getting the grater drum clean is very hard, especially after carrot as it seems to get stuck inside the drum and you can't get to it to get it out. Overall for £19 I think this is too much and not good enough. I thought it would be a good little gadget and a nifty one at that but alas, I am back to my normal square hand grater and it works much better.
Make cheese grating a slice! Quickly grinds nuts and shaves chocolate as well. Includes both fine and coarse grating drums. Right or left handed use.