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Cheese graters

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1 hour ago, lindag said:

Today I was watching an Ina Garten episode where she's doing appetizers.  She ground up her Parm in her Cuisinart food processor just using her main chopping blade and it came out perfectly!

 

To me that sounds outright dangerous.

 

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1 hour ago, lindag said:

Today I was watching an Ina Garten episode where she's doing appetizers.  She ground up her Parm in her Cuisinart food processor just using her main chopping blade and it came out perfectly!

Yes, that may work, but as mentioned previously in this thread:

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 I don't like having to wash up my big 14-cup food processor 

 

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6 hours ago, lindag said:

Today I was watching an Ina Garten episode where she's doing appetizers.  She ground up her Parm in her Cuisinart food processor just using her main chopping blade and it came out perfectly!

I tried that with one of my smaller Cuisinarts years ago.  Broke the blade so I went back to using the big machine and the grating disc.  

I started the Cuis, dropped in a chunk of parm and there was a bang and then awful noise.  

I had to get a new bowl too because it was so scarred up stuff caught on it, in spite of me sanding all the burrs down.  

This was one of the older units and not one of those that had the recall.  

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17 hours ago, JoNorvelleWalker said:

 

To me that sounds outright dangerous.

 

She actually does it all the time, using Parmesano Reggiano.  she does chunk it up a bit first.

She has said that she prefers to 'grind' the cheese this way because the texture is better and, of course, it's much faster and easier to do.

I just may try it if only to see how it works.

 

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IMHO...What a wonderful world we live in where we must find quicker ways of grating our rather abundant cheese.

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I've made grated parmesan in my Thermomix. It works exceptionally well but the combination of hard parmesan and the metal bowl means that you really have to wear hearing protection. 

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50 minutes ago, nickrey said:

I've made grated parmesan in my Thermomix. It works exceptionally well but the combination of hard parmesan and the metal bowl means that you really have to wear hearing protection. 

Not to be picky but it’s not grated Parmesan. I use it as a shortcut and it’s great for what it is but I would never call it grated Parmesan. Crumbed  Parmesan maybe. :D

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Ina is my hero.  If she grinds Parm in her Cuisinart food processor, who am I to argue.

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1 hour ago, lindag said:

Ina is my hero.  If she grinds Parm in her Cuisinart food processor, who am I to argue.

 

I thought of posting a cutesy picture of my Uvex bionic face shield and hard hat draped over my DLC-7 but I am not wanting to be facetious.

 

Please don't do this.  If not for your sake, for the poor Cuisinart.  See Andie's post above.  I'm sure Ina has good insurance.

 

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5 hours ago, JoNorvelleWalker said:

 

I thought of posting a cutesy picture of my Uvex bionic face shield and hard hat draped over my DLC-7 but I am not wanting to be facetious.

 

Please don't do this.  If not for your sake, for the poor Cuisinart.  See Andie's post above.  I'm sure Ina has good insurance.

 

And don't forge this little tidbit.  Ina gets her food processors for FREE!

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12 hours ago, Anna N said:

Not to be picky but it’s not grated Parmesan. I use it as a shortcut and it’s great for what it is but I would never call it grated Parmesan. Crumbed  Parmesan maybe. :D

Sure, not picky, much.  For everything I use this for, who cares? Use for purpose. If I want grater, I'd use the microplane. Most of what people refer to here as needing grated parmesan requires anything but. The comment was about the noise.


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My mom used to have a Black & Decker food processor from back in the early days of food processors. A too-cold block of cheddar cheese being shoved down the feed chute promptly broke the center spindle that rotated the grating blade.

Bye-Bye Black & Decker. ¬¬

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1 hour ago, Toliver said:

My mom used to have a Black & Decker food processor from back in the early days of food processors. A too-cold block of cheddar cheese being shoved down the feed chute promptly broke the center spindle that rotated the grating blade.

Bye-Bye Black & Decker. ¬¬

 

That happened to me with a Rival food processor I'd bought, for the princely sum of $40, when I could ill afford it.  (Maybe I used birthday money for it.  It was still a major splurge.) In my case it was parmesan cheese that was too hard for the spindle.  By that time the processor was old enough that the company was out of business and no replacement parts could be had.  I'd gotten my use out of the processor, but I've been much more careful of my Cuisinart to avoid repeating that mistake.


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I have not yet seen it mentioned in the thread so I thought I would add that I've found an old Saladmaster manual rotary cone food processor to be perfect for shredding cheese. I hated using the food processor because of the clean up and found that when I did I would inevitably end up with half of the cheese smeared between the blade and the cover. The Saladmaster is extremely quick and easy to set up, use, and clean up. I can be through a whole chunk of cheese in less time than it would take to dig out the shredding disc and set up the food processor. I put the cone in the dishwasher and do a quick wipe down of the main unit and I'm done. They still sell for pretty good money on EBay but if you watch for awhile you'll find a deal. Even less expensive is the same set up for the accessory port on a KitchenAid mixer, which could work if you have space to keep your KitchenAid out on the counter all the time. The KitchenAid attachment has been designed with much more of a safety mindset, which I think would make it a bit less functional, but should still get the job done for shredding cheese.


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I see that ebay.ca has some of the salad shooters available...

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On 11/28/2017 at 1:25 PM, Smithy said:

 

That happened to me with a Rival food processor I'd bought, for the princely sum of $40, when I could ill afford it.  (Maybe I used birthday money for it.  It was still a major splurge.) In my case it was parmesan cheese that was too hard for the spindle.  By that time the processor was old enough that the company was out of business and no replacement parts could be had.  I'd gotten my use out of the processor, but I've been much more careful of my Cuisinart to avoid repeating that mistake.

 

 

I recently saw one of the PBS food shows where one of the people dropped chunks of parm into one of the smaller Cuisinart food processors and ground the parm. The other woman said, "aren't you taking a chance grinding that with the blades?"  The first woman said, "this not the very hard parm, you can still slice it, I wouldn't do a rock-hard cheese this way, I have one of the hand-held rotary graters for the super-hard, aged parm or Pecorino."

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I watched another Food Network show recently, I believe it was called Baking in Vermont, or something like that.

the chef also ground her Parm in a FP, couldn't tell what brand.

The Parm she used did look like a somewhat softer type than what I usually use.  So for now I'll grate mine in my salad shooter rather than wrecking my big Cuisinart.

 

 

 

 

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'Sliced up some beets in the Salad Shooter last evening.  The beets had been pressure cooked in the IP, perhaps for a bit too long as they were pretty soft when they came out.  It was more as a test of the slicing cone because they are so easy to slice with a knife.

The SS did a decent job, would have been better had the beets been firmer.  Slices a bit too thin than I'd have preferred.

I used a few in the Shrimp Louie I made for my dinner.  Not authentic but still awfully good if you're as big a fan of beets as I am.

 


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