This familiar four-in-one tool is still the most convenient and economical way to grate food.
Why It's So Great
The four-sided design allows you to hold the grater steady on a work surface while grating in an easy, downward motion. It also minimizes mess since the food falls inside the "box."
What to Look For
Most box graters are made of stainless steel, which is dishwasher-safe and resistant to rust. Some have an easy-to-clean nonstick surface; others, a rubber rim around the base to prevent slipping. The handle should have a comfortable grip.
How It's Used
Three sides offer different-size holes for grating: small for citrus zest and fresh ginger; medium for hard cheese (such as Parmesan) and chocolate; and large for softer cheeses (cheddar and mozzarella), potatoes, and carrots. The slicing blade on the fourth side creates thin uniform pieces.