Zesters vs. Graters - Do You Need Both?
When I first started my adventures in cooking, I didn't know the different between a zester and a grater. Yes, I'll admit that. I thought I could get a long just fine with only one good grater. Boy was I wrong. All graters are not created equal. You must think about their function as well as their form - including the size of the grating holes, which directly affects your foods outcome.
If you're in the kitchen as much as I am, you'll find that having a variety of grating options is not only useful, but also necessary. My favorite grater of choice is the box grater, which offers a variety of options in all different sizes on each of it's four sides. There are larger grate holes that are great for shredding softer cheeses like cheddar and jack. Then there are smaller grate holes that are better suited for hard cheese like Parmesan and Romano. It may also have a slicing surface.
In addition to this, I also have a zester. The holes on a zester are smaller so that when you zest citrus fruits, you are sure to get uniformed pieces of skin and not the white pith beneath it, which can be bitter and unpleasant. If you are really into baking, you might also consider a micro plane zester, which is also great for grating spices like fresh nutmeg, ginger, or cinnamon.
Moms, what types of graters or zesters do you have in your kitchen?
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