All seasoned chefs and everyone who loves delicious meals will agree that parmesan cheese turns any tasteless food into a mouth-watering dish. It is an ingredient that should always be in your kitchen cabinet or cheese drawer. It follows the same concept of always having a bottle of wine on hand for unexpected visitors. By sprinkling a little parmesan cheese here and there, salads, pizzas, and pasta are suddenly transformed into savory dishes with deep flavors that other ingredients can hardly replicate.
On most foods, parmesan cheese is grated or cut into small pieces. In this article, we are going to look at how to use your kitchen blender to grate parmesan cheese.
Grating using a kitchen blender
Some people opt to use store-bought parmesan cheese. However, I prefer to buy cheese and grate it myself. Not only because it is a whole lot cheaper, but because freshly grated cheese is super delicious and tasty. Plus I am always sure that it has not sat on the store shelf for a couple of weeks, increasing the risk of producing molds.
Most people use a kitchen grater or a Microplane to grate cheese. These are great options, but the whole process is time-consuming and creates a mess. Additionally, the cleaning process of microplates and graters is super annoying. Those tiny holes can be hard to reach, and the harder you try cleaning, the greater your chances of ‘grating’ or harming yourself.
It is for this reason that I advocate using inexpensive powerful blender models to grate parmesan cheese. However, you will need a high-powered blender because cheese can be quite hard, especially if it has been in the freezer for quite some time.
How to do it
The first step to grate your cheese using a blender is placing it on a cutting board and cutting them into one or two-inch chunks using a sharp knife. Place them in the blender and use the speed button to determine your preferred blending speed. This speed depends on the type of blender you have and how finely you need your parmesan cheese grated.
If you have a small blender, cut the cheese into half-inch sizes. Toss in no more than four chucks at a time. Using the ‘grate’ setting, grate the parmesan cheese into fine pieces. If the blender does not have the ‘grate’ setting, make use of the pulse function. The trick is to pulse them in quick short bursts
An affordable kitchen blender is indeed the better option, especially when grating parmesan cheese in bulk. It can be time-consuming and tiresome for chefs to grate cheese using graters. By doing so, they might find it hard to meet food delivery deadlines.
So, the next time you want to cook your favorite pizza, add about of deliciousness in your creamed spinach, or wanted to prepare chicken alfredo tortellini for a romantic light night dinner with your better-half, avoid the hassle and invest in a good blender to grate that parmesan cheese into small beautiful shreds.