The Best Potato Graters
Introduction to Potato Graters:
Although there are many potato graters in the world, only one can be the best. Of course, the best would all depend on what kind of grater you’d like.
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Hand Held Potato Graters
If you prefer to hand grate your potatoes then some great options would be a classic safety grater. These graters only require minimum cleaning, while getting the job done. And following this, you will feel the full confidence of grating these fine vegetables all by yourself!
Mechanical Potato Graters
Now, if you’re lazy like me you’ll prefer to use a mechanical potato grater. Not just any mechanical potato grater, you want one that will get the job done quickly, smoothly, and require very little cleaning efforts. For this you’ll want the Nemco 55200AN-8 Vegetable Slicer. Although this may be costly, it is very recommended by restaurants and will require you minimal effort, along with very easy use. As for cleaning, mechanical potato graters require many pieces and parts that will need cleaning. So I apologize if taking this machine’s parts off requires much effort.
Now that you know the best hand held and mechanical potato graters, if you have the time here is some of its history. Wikipedia shares, that the cheese grater was invented by a Francois Boullier in the 1540’s. (I know a cheese grater, lame right?) But in France, Boullier invented this grater to grate harder cheeses, but little did he know that this could grate not only cheese, but potatoes as well!
Why Grate Instead of Cut?
Well you could say that grating is pretty grate if you know what I mean (;. As my cuisine lovers would know, when you grate a food it allows it to cook in a different manner. Wikipedia also shared, “This allows the grated material to melt or cook in a different manner than the shreds of mostly uniform thickness produced by the grating blade of a food processor.” An example of this could be potato pancakes, which melt more easily when grated instead of processed.
Do Graters Work For Every Potato?
Yes and no. Mechanical potato graters can be used to grate most anything, but hand held potato graters won’t work on every potato. Why is that you ask? Some graters just aren’t strong enough to cut through the hardness of some potatoes. Yes people, there is more than one kind of potato, up next you’ll get yourself a potatofication (potato education).
Basic Types of Potatoes:
There are very many potatoes in this world. To start there are Idaho and Russet potatoes. Reader’s Digest Editors gave us a great description of these potatoes, “Larger in size and thicker skinned than new potatoes, russets have a “flaky” texture thanks to their high starch and low moisture content. This quality allows them to easily absorb milk and melted butter, making them the perfect potato for baking, mashing, and making gnocchi.” Next there is the Yukon Gold potatoes, where these same editors shared their description as being, “Famous for their yellow hue and rich flavor, Yukon golds are in many ways the best of both worlds. Starchier than new potatoes, they make tasty mashes and, unlike Idahos, they’re great for boiling, steaming, and adding to soups.”
Finger Looking Potatoes
Then there are the fingerlings, they got their name from what they sound like(looking like fingers). “Recognizable by their thin, finger-like shape, fingerlings are basically an elongated variety of new potatoes. Fingerlings’ waxy texture makes them ideal for roasting, puréeing, or using in salads with or without the skin.”, Reader’s Digest Editors shared this as well. Then last, but not least of the few potatoes I am sharing there is the Purple Puruvian/ Blue potatoes. Reader’s Digest Editors happened to have a description of these potatoes as well stating, “Like Yukon golds, these purple or blue-fleshed spuds have a medium starch content, making them equally delicious mashed, roasted, or in salads. This variety tends to be slightly less rich in flavor than some of the others, but their unusual color lends dishes an exotic appeal.”
(Thank you and a big shout-out to Reader’s Digest Editors! Read their article: “Potatoes 101: A Guide to the Most Common Varieties” for more information.)
Just to make your mood even GRATEr here are two potato quotes for you! (That rhymed!) “Haters gonna hate. Potatoes gonna potate.” and don’t forget, “Friends are like potatoes, if you eat them they die.” Both quotes are from unknown sources. Thanks for reading!