Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Antique Brass Grater

This old brass grater is a utensil with a rough surface on which to grate spices, vegetables, cheese, etc.


Grater definition

A grater (also known as a shredder in parts of the eastern United States) is a kitchen utensil used to grate foods into fine strips or crumbs.

Several types of graters boast different sizes of grating slots, and can therefore aid in the preparation of a variety of foods. They are commonly used to grate cheese and lemon or orange peel (to create zest), and can also be used to grate other soft foods. They are commonly used in the preparation of toasted cheese, Welsh rarebit, and macaroni and cheese.

In Slavic cuisine, graters are commonly used to grate potatoes, for preparation of, e.g., draniki, bramborak or potato babka.

In tropical nations, graters are also used to grate coconut meat. In Jamaica, a coconut grater is used as a traditional musical instrument[1] (along with drums, fife, and other instruments) in the performance of kumina, jonkanoo, and sometimes mento.

The cheese grater was invented by Francois Boullier in the 1540s so hard cheeses could still be used

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