“ Brand: Ikea / Type: Cheese Grater „
My previous cheese grater led to the discovery that my cat likes cheese. Now that's probably the most random start to a review you'll come across today! We used to own one of those four sided cheese graters which led to piles of cheese going everywhere once it was lifted off the work surface, and inevitably if anything ever makes it onto the floor in our house, the cat tries to eat it. He loved the cheese, but I worry about him digesting anything dairy, so between becoming obsessive about avoiding mess and the fact our previous grater had started to rust, we bought this grater with built-in storage from Ikea on our last trip there. It cost us £7, which is on the steep side for a cheese grater, but worth it for the mess it avoids.
The grater has two sides, one which grates cheese in quite large pieces, and one which is slightly smaller. It doesn't have the usual four options you get on some graters, so if you're a fan of having your cheese shaped in a particular way, you'll be disappointed by this grater. Personally, I only ever use one side of any cheese grater, so I don't really see the point in providing lots of different shapes and sizes for your cheese. I particularly don't see the point in the option to slice cheese....isn't that what knives are for?
So, the grater offers enough grating options for me (which is great...grate....sorry, it had to be done), and also has a plastic tray which slots in underneath to catch the cheese as it's being grated. I hoped this would avoid the piles of cheese cascading around our kitchen worktops, and create less mess when undertaking this messy task. The first thing I will point out, which is obvious to anyone with common sense, is that the tray has to be inserted facing the right way depending on which side you're using. I clearly lack common sense, as the first time I used it I couldn't see any cheese being deposited, and it was only when my husband pointed out it was because the tray was back to front and blocking the cheese from coming through that I realised what I'd done. He has the patience of a saint bless him.
Once you've figured this out and you're grating away to your heart's content, don't be fooled into thinking you're going to get away with a sneaky cheese sandwich in the middle of the night without anyone noticing. Although the grater does reduce the mess, it does still create some cheese spillage from the outside. This is a bit annoying because I had hoped this grater would avoid the need to get a chopping board dirty, but in reality it still sheds some cheese on the worktop.
Where this cheese grater comes into its own, however, is in transporting cheese from the worktop to the hob. If you're melting the cheese in a pan on the hob, which I do far more than is necessary, the little plastic tray makes it very easy to ensure all the cheese makes it into the pan rather than any escaping onto the hob and creating that horrible smell caused by food burning on the hob plate. It also avoids the need to hover the chopping board over the pan trying to angle it so the cheese doesn't spill.
Cleaning the grater is very easy. I have a dishwasher so I just put it through the dishwasher with the two parts separated. I can't comment on how easy it is to clean by hand because why have a dog and bark yourself? The grater has survived many washes, and it still looks in great condition as it appears to be sturdy enough to stand up to most people's cheese activities.
(Review may also appear on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)