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Selecting Graters To Fit Your Needs
When it comes to many types of foods, there are two primary types: those that must be cooked on griddles and those that can be sliced directly onto the counter. The latter is usually referred to as barbecued food or grill-food. Graters are primarily used to slice, mince and dice raw vegetables, meats, cheeses and other food items so they can be added to any number of delicious recipes. Raw fruits and vegetables and cooked meats are typically best sliced by using a slicer/grater. These tools can help produce some of the most delicious foods possible in our busy kitchens!
There are many different types of graters available, including ceramic, plastic, stainless steel and more. They come in a variety of sizes and shapes to suit individual needs. You should carefully consider what specific functions you will need before making a purchase. Stainless steel graters are very durable and easy to clean and they are ideal for cutting through most types of food. To help keep your grates free from germs, you should purchase a good microfiber cloth and use it often after washing them.
Ceramic graters are very versatile and can be used to cut vegetables, fruits and even whole chickens! For example, if you are grilling vegetable chips, you can grate an entire chip on a ceramic plate. Another great thing about ceramic plates is that they are completely safe to put food on them and they make a great "topped" snack for children. If you have ever noticed that after eating a meal that the bottom half seems to go dry and crack, this is likely caused by the food touching the side of the grates.
Plastic peelers are very inexpensive and are designed for rough handling. They can be used to grate potatoes, carrots and many other soft foods. However, if you are planning to use the plastic peeler in an extremely hot environment (such as over a hot stovetop), it is important that you purchase a quality plastic peeler with a steel plate. The reason is that even though the plastic will endure the heat, the steel will keep the food from melting into the plastic. Although it is not very practical, it is probably best to avoid using this type of peeler in a microwave. It can char the finish of your microwave oven.
Glass peels are designed specifically to remove any tough stains or discolorations from the vegetables or fruits. They come in two different types: the clear type and the colored variety. The clear glass peeler is dishwasher safe and works great on fresh fruits and vegetables. Colored glass peels will stain anything you can place into them, so be sure to wash all raw produce before using them!
There are many brands and models of peelers on the market today. Some of the more popular names include Whirlpool, Mela and Cuisinart. Each one is designed to do a particular job. While some of them are better than others at their job, all are designed to provide excellent service to their customers. If you are unsure which particular model you need, you should ask other cooks for their recommendations.
Some types of peelers work great at removing greasy, chunky, or tough-to-reach food particles. These types are perfect for removing butter from vegetables, meat drippings, and grease from a fryer. Peelers with long handles are easier to handle, since you do not want the handles of your vegetable peeler to become dirty!
Food processors without peels have the same function, but their main advantage is that they do not require you to hold the food particles in your hand. The peels are held in place with special compartments, and the particles can be quickly and easily removed with a spatula. These types of processors are more expensive but are also more versatile.