If you only need small amounts of grated cheese, it is better for you to look for a hand cheese grater. I have spent many years grating cheese with a box grater, and that was always frustrating. After trying the Zyliss Classic Cheese Grater (see Amazon’s price), I have no idea why I haven’t bought one like these before.
The Zyliss has a classic design, preferred by top restaurants worldwide. It is ergonomic for both left or right-handed users. Its drum grater is made of stainless steel and provides easy cleanup because it is dishwasher-safe and completely removable. It is especially good with hard cheese, like parmesan or Grana Padano.
The Zyliss Classic Cheese Grater is also better than a regular box grater because is safer for your fingers. On the other hand (pardon the pun!), you have to pay attention and press the cheese down with your thumb while you turn the crank to grate the cheese, otherwise, the drum turns without grating the cheese.
The Zyliss makes for a great (and very useful) housewarming gift for a foodie friend. It won’t break the bank and each time your friend has a family gathering at home, he will certainly remember you fondly. Get it here at Amazon.