I've always detested using a box grater. I had been using my mother's ancient stainless steel grater for decades and it never occurred to me that box graters might have improved over the years. Grating anything with mine always seemed to take forever, and when I used the fine grating holes, trying to get the carrot (or whatever) that clung tenaciously was a frustrating proposition. As often as not, I'd end up with cuts and scrapes on my fingertips or knuckles. On the other hand, it always seemed like more trouble than it was worth to use and wash a food processor just to shred a single carrot or grate a few tablespoons of onion for a recipe (my Microplane is too narrow to grate an onion efficiently).
While weeding out my kitchen cabinets recently, I came across the grater - still in fine shape after all these years - and decided that it had to go. But what could I replace it with? I consulted my bible for all kitchen equipment decisions, Cook's Illustrated Magazine, and saw that they recommended this Cuisipro box grater. Then I checked it out on Amazon and was encouraged by the number of positive reviews. I loved the idea of longer blades that would allow me to shred and grate more efficiently, the grooves that allowed the food to slide across the surface more easily, the comfortable handle, and the built-in base that kept the grated or shredded food neatly contained while it was transported to a salad bowl, mixing bowl, saute pan, etc. (The fact that the base also doubled as a ginger grater was a bonus.) It certainly seemed worth a try.
When it arrived, I was taken aback by its size. It's easily twice the size of my mom's "antique" box grater. Although it takes up more cabinet space, the larger interior capacity of this grater is well worth it. It's easy to use, much more efficient so I'm done in a jiffy, and ten times easier to clean than its predecessor. I couldn't be happier with my purchase!
Cuisipro Surface Glide Technology takes the etched blade a step further and makes the graters sharp and more productive with its repeated grooves, grating more with less effort. It has five grating surfaces, fine for citrus zest and parmesan, coarse for most cheeses and vegetables, ultra-coarse for soft cheeses and slicer for a variety of vegetables. Bonus ginger grater base shreds fresh ginger root while leaving unwanted fibres behind. Non-slip handle and removable base for stability. Calibrated, dry measuring units on side. Blades are made from high quality stainless steel material.