LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) – You'll never cut your knuckles again on metal food graters. That's if the ceramic Grater Plater works just as well as your old metal grater. The stylish plate is smooth around the edge with rough peaks & valleys in the bottom. It comes with a brush for gathering your grated goodness. It's rough, but would be nearly impossible to accidentally cut yourself. I opened the package and prepped my foods.
I said, "I'm ready to go with the Grater Plater. The instructions have a few suggestions depending on the type of item that you are going to grate. They kind of group it into three different categories. One includes dry ingredients, like our cinnamon here that we'll test today. The next category includes moist products, so that includes our ginger root, our garlic that we will be mincing, our carrot, as well as zesting an orange, a lime, a lemon, and the inside or the meat of the coconut. Then finally, the last category calls for a chilled Grater Plater for items such as hard cheese and harder milk chocolate and dark chocolate."
With the hard cinnamon stick, I had to use a good amount of effort grating back and forth just to get a little powder. It was time consuming and required effort, but it did work. The ginger root calls for a moistened plate. I found it very easy to yield minced ginger, and a lot of it with just a few scrapes. I finely minced garlic in less than five seconds without dirtying my fingers much. I obtained similar results when grinding the carrot against the Grater Plater. The orange, lime, & lemon took more finesse in order to yield some zest. It was tough to get started with the citrus, but otherwise it yielded very fine zest from all three. As for the coconut, well, I used what I could find around the TV Station to get at the meat…it wasn't pretty. The white coconut meat shredded finely with very little work. A quick rinse to the plate and the Grater Plater was off into the freezer to chill. Next, I cut the cheese. It grated and plated the cheese in seconds, ready to serve right off the dish. A chilled Grater Plater swiftly ground both dark and milk chocolate shavings.
My only complaint, the gathering brush tended to shed some of its bristles during use. Otherwise, the Grater Plater grinds, minces, and shaves its way to a YES for this week's "Does it Work?" test. The Grater Plater cost $9.99 at a local business.
Web Extra: For ten bucks, this is a neat little kitchen gadget. My favorite product to grate was the cheese, holding the shavings in its dish. It's not bad to have on the table to accompany some Italian food with cheese. With the rough, yet non-sharp bottom, it seems that this would be a safe product for kids to use to help you with cooking under supervision. As far as the cinnamon, it worked, but all the shavings did not stay in the plate, and it took quite a while to get just a little powder. The Grater Plater was very impressive with the ginger & carrots, and even more impressive with mincing the garlic. As far as the zesting, if you've got a good balance between pressure and patience, you'll be okay. The zest was a finer than I'd expect though—not the traditional short, curly, thin strips. Overall, for the price, this product met my expectations on a majority of the products I grated. The grater is top shelf dishwasher safe.
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