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Using a Peeler/Grater

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In this Lesson you will Learn

  1. What is peeling?
  2. What is grating?
  3. What is shredding?
  4. What is zesting?
 

These techniques require a peeler (or paring knife) and a grater.

Peel 

Peeling refers to remove an outer layer of something. There are techniques for peeling onions, tomatoes, potatoes, prawns, hard-boiled eggs, you name it!

Grate

Grating refers to using a grater, such as a 4-sided box grater or microplane, to create very fine pieces. Hard cheeses, such as Parmesan cheese, are often grated, along with fresh nutmeg, citrus peels (to make zest), etc.

Shred

Shredding refers to cutting food, such as cheese and vegetables, into small, thin slices (e.g. shredded taco cheese or shredded zucchini for zucchini bread). Shredding is often done using the plate with larger holes on a  box grater.

Zest 

Again, zesting refers to grating citrus peels. You can use a grater or a specialized zester. Zest is used to add bright, citrusy flavor to a variety of sweet and savory dishes.

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Takeaways

  1. Peeling is removing the outer layer of something.
  2. Grating is using a ​​grater​ to create very fine pieces.
  3. Shredding is cutting food into small, thin slices.
  4. Zesting is grating citrus peels.
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