I’ve Been Using a Cheese Grater the Wrong Way My Entire Life

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Cheese graters seem pretty self-explanatory, right? Whenever it comes time to do some shredding—whether you're making mac and cheese from scratch or need a tea topper (because yes, that's evidently a thing)—you probably grab a block of your go-to variety, position your box grater handle-side up, and go to town. Hate to break it to you, but if you've been living by these rules, you might have been doing it wrong your entire life.

While using a grater vertically is sure to give you a nice arm workout while you're making your keto dinner, it doesn't seem to be the most effective way to get the job done. A video recently posted on the Tastemade UK  Instagram account showed an alternate option: the horizontal method, in which you lie it down on on your cutting board and grate side to side versus up and down. Evidently it makes the process a easy breezy...or, uhh, cheesy?


Not only does this simple hack prevent the grater from sliding around (and causing a potential injury!), but it also doesn't require Hulk-like muscles to get the job done. And as an extra bonus, it's also pretty mess-free: The cheese collects neatly in the canister and once you're finished, you simply dump it into your bowl and call it a day. Yep, cauliflower pizza night just became a lot easier.

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