Do you love fun new kitchen gadgets but hate all of the dishes that accumulate as you cook and serve food?
Do you want to prepare more flavorful dishes in less time, and with less effort?
Are you looking for a simple new way to prepare fresh appetizers when guests come over?
If your answer was yes to any of the questions above, then you may need to improve your arsenal of food prep tools by adding a plate grater.
What Is It?
Funny name right? It may seem like an odd combination, and there’s a pretty good chance that you already own plates and at least one type of grater, but this unique little tool is actually quite useful. Not only will it allow you to grate and serve at the same time, it will also save you time and effort as it opens up possibilities in the kitchen. It’s much more than a ceramic plate, and much more than a ordinary grater. It’s an elegant looking tool that will help you prepare food faster, add more fresh flavor to your favorite dishes, and even serve appetizers in the same dish you made them in. Avoid excess work without compromising presentation, and reduce the effort it takes to mince, chop and grate tough foods.
Upon first glance, it looks like nothing more than a small ceramic dish with a fun design on it, but when you take a closer look, you’ll notice the swirl of semi-sharp protrusions at the center. This circular grouping of little nubs is the part that does the grating, but you wouldn’t want to use it to shred cheese on taco night. It’s more intended for hard foods, so it does work well with parmesan, but you can also use it for chocolate, ginger, nutmeg, lemon zest, and all sorts of other foods. Simply move the food over the surface using a back and forth or circular motion, and it will quickly reduce to a fine shred, minced paste, or pile of tiny flakes depending on what you’re working with.
When used for garlic, it will quickly transform cloves into a flavorful paste that’s perfect for cooking. All of the juices will be saved thanks to the glazed surface, and because it also works well as a regular serving platter, you can just add olive oil and herbs to create the perfect, last minute dipping sauce for guests. To make it even easier, each plate comes complete with a garlic peeler and brush as a complete set. Quickly roll the peel off the clove, and when you finish grating, use the brush to transfer the results, or mix in oil to create a dip.
3 Piece Set Features
- Grate garlic, cheese and many other foods quickly with a few strokes of your hand.
- Easily peel garlic cloves without a knife and with very little effort.
- Gather the pureed food at the center of the plate and easily remove it with the brush.
How To Use It
Before you start grating, it’s important to know whether you’re working with wet food or dry food as it will affect use. Wet foods are those that release water like garlic, onions and ginger whereas stuff like chocolate, nuts and parmesan cheese are considered dry foods. When working with wet stuff you’ll want to moisten or lightly oil the surface first. When you’re grating hard foods, you can get straight to work, with no prep necessary.
To grate, just hold the food in you hand, and then glide it over surface. You can use a circular motion, or a back and forth motion, whichever works for you.
Tip: Store your cheese and chocolate in the freezer and use it directly out of the freezer onto the grater. It will grate perfectly.
You can’t grate fresh garlic straight from the garden or store because it has skin on it, so the first step is to peel the skin off. Many people use advanced knife techniques or fancy contraptions to take the outer coating off, but our plate grater set comes complete with one of the fastest and easiest ways to prepare a clove for grating. It’s a flexible tube, and all you have to do is simply place a clove inside, roll it under the palm of your hand until you hear a “crushing” sound, and out comes the peeled garlic. Once you separate the outside from the flavorful goodness on the interior, you’ll be ready to begin.
- To prepare the plate, add some water to moisten, or lightly oil the surface.
- Hold the clove of garlic between your thumb and index finger with the root pointing up and the tip pointing down.
- Grate garlic by applying just a little bit of pressure, and moving it around over the bottom of the dish.
- Use a back and forth or circular motion, both work.
- As the pulp forms, gather it in the middle of the dish with the help of the brush. Work from the outside to the inside; as you do, the pulp will form into a ball. Simply turn the dish upside down and the pulp will fall out.
- Add olive oil and herbs to pureed garlic to make a great dip.
- Tip: One of the best ways to remove garlic odor from your fingers is by rubbing them under running water against stainless steel utensils (ladle, colander) or against your sink if it’s made of stainless steel.
- Moisten or lightly oil the surface of the grater.
- Hold the root of the ginger at an angle and press down against the center of the plate.
- Grate it by using back and forth movements.
Foods You Can Grate
Stuff That Releases Water:
- Zest of Lemon, Lime or Orange
- Peppers (bell, red, chili, etc.)
Stuff That’s Dry:
- Nuts (walnuts, almonds, cashews, etc.)
- Cheese (parmesan, aged, other hard cheeses)
- Grater & Peeler: Dishwasher safe.
- Brush: Rinse under running water.
It’s certified cadmium and lead safe, so you can use it with confidence as a preparation tool and serving dish. Thanks to the glazed ceramic finish, the surface is also completely nonporous, making it 100% hygienic. If you’re afraid of the “spikes” and worried about damage to your hands, rest assured that they are sharp enough to devour hard foods, but they are not actually sharp enough to be considered a danger to skin. You can quickly move food over the tips, and even if you do accidentally touch one, it won’t hurt, and it won’t cause any lasting damage.
Easily create flavorful dips for fresh bread, or mince garlic to include in recipes. This amazing tool can even shed chocolate and nuts for sundaes, zest lemons for pie, and grate tough stuff like ginger and nutmeg for use while cooking. Use it to save time when grating difficult stuff, or use it as a fun way to serve appetizers to friends and family. It’s incredibly easy to use, and it is sure to add value and functionality to your kitchen, even if you already have a cupboard full of plates, and several different types of graters.
- Ceramic Plate Grater – Read more or buy one.
- Garlic Peeler – Find out more or buy one.
- Small Pastry And Basting Brush – Learn more or buy one now.