Quick Tip: How To Leave The Box Grater In The Cabinet

At the top of the list of kitchen tools we despise washing by hand, a box grater is for sure in the top five. It's not that we're incapable of getting the job done — we're just not very fond of it. When we just need a little cheese, and not a whole block's worth, we skip the box grater and use this tool instead. Can you tell what it is?

A zester! It allows enough of the cheese to pass through without mushing it to death and it is a quick, simple way to leave the box grater in the cupboard for now. It's also a great thing to use on chocolate, frozen butter, even harder fruits like apple and pear. Use it once and you'll suddenly see all sorts of ways to put it to work in your kitchen!

Although it's almost impossible to photograph yourself using it without looking like a circus ape, it's a good thing, especially in the case of these mashed potatoes that needed a little something extra. If you happen to have a microplaner or handheld grater with larger holes, then you won't have the same need we did in our kitchen, but either way, you won't have to worry about scraping your knuckles against the grater ever again! Perfect!

What tools in your kitchen pull double duty? Let us know below!

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