How to cut and grate Swiss cheese perfectly.
When it comes to sandwiches or a bite of cheese as a snack, it really doesn’t matter what the cheese that you cut looks like – the main thing is that it tastes good! But what about when you want to create an attractive cheese platter for your guests to mark a special occasion? Or perhaps you want to grate some cheese? Here you can find the correct tools and the techniques you need.
What is the best way to grate cheese?
If you want to grate semi-hard cheese, the best thing to do is to place the cheese in the freezer briefly beforehand: after just 30 minutes the cheese will have a consistency that is far easier to work with. You can use a coarse grater – the most important thing to note is that you should only grate in one direction, otherwise the holes of the grater become smeared in cheese.
Sbrinz AOP is ideal for finely grated cheese, for example. You can get cheese graters with and without containers, and manual and electric versions. The advantage of rotary cheese graters that hold the cheese in the centre and use a crank handle to grate the cheese is that all parts of the cheese are used, even small pieces that break off. The disadvantage: you can only use small and medium-sized pieces of cheese.
Extra tip: how to clean your grater after use
The best thing to do when you have finished grating your cheese is to grate a raw potato too. Pieces of potato and their juice help to press the remnants of the cheese from the holes and gaps. This in turn makes it easier to clean the grater before you put it away. You can use the grated potato to make a delicious potato rosti!