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  • Grates cheese, chocolate and nuts easily, quickly and neatly
  • Super sharp stainless blades
  • Ratchet handle is easier on hands and wrists and grates on both the push and pull motion
  • Dishwasher Safe
  • Swiss Design
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Brand Kuhn Rikon
Model Number20011
ColourRed
Item Weight100 g
Product Dimensions18.4 x 18.4 x 18.4 cm
  
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ASINB00IEOHQV0
Best Sellers Rank 333,197 in Kitchen & Home (See top 100)
Shipping Weight100 g
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Date First Available13 Feb. 2014
  
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Our remarkable Ratchet Grater makes grating cheese, nuts and chocolate a breeze. Simply insert the cheese into the easy-to-open door. The spring-loaded mechanism will push the food towards the blade and make sure that the maximum amount possible can be grated. Move the easy-to-grip ratchet handle back and forth - the cheese neatly falls from the grater. The Ratchet Grater is easier on hands than traditional graters.

Dishwasher Safe - remove the barrel before placing in the dishwasher.

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1 x Kuhn Rikon Ratchet Grater

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mandy on 3 Oct. 2014
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I have returned this item as it was impossible to dismantle for washing. If you have stiff fingers it would be a complete nightmare
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By Dolly on 22 Feb. 2015
Wasn't sure how useful or practical this would be when I bought it but I now wouldn't be without it! No more grated finger nails! I have arthritis in my fingers but find I can easily separate the pieces for wishing, etc. I find it very easy to use for grating chees, particularly the harder cheeses like Parmesan. This is one of the most useful gadgets I've bought recently and would highly recommend it. It's not the cheapest cheese grater on the market but it is good quality and does an excellent job!
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By Mr. B. Wood on 2 Oct. 2014
A very handy gadget. I am impressed by Kuhn Rikon's innovation and quality
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By gwj foster on 18 May 2015
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great little machine does very fine grating . well made
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Well built, excellent design- and ever so slightly impractical 28 Nov. 2014
By palealien - Published on Amazon.com
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Like the mousetrap and garlic press, the cheese grater exists to perform a relatively fundamental chore. And like mousetraps and garlic presses, there are and continue to be a steady stream of better ideas, very few of which seem to raise the bar for accomplishing the task.

The Kuhn Rikon offers a very clever solution, it's a handheld unit that self-feeds the cheese against a shredding drum. Unlike the classic predecessor typically rotated by a crank while the other hand keeps the cheese squeezed against the drum; here a lever spins the drum while a spring clamps the cheese.

Not unlike a food processor, you have to ask if the effort in employing any relatively sophisticated tool is worth the results- I can't see using this grater on a daily, casual basis, but it is still undeniably one of the most well built and solidly designed graters I have used. I love it, but I can't see that the results warrant adding more steps to meal prep and cleanup.

The KR has a spring loaded plunger pressing in an enclosed hopper driving the cheese against the grater surface. So instead of cranking a handle, one wobbles a ratchet handle back and forth, a set of ratcheting bevel gears allow it to rotate in one direction with relatively minor operator effort. This certainly eliminates the axial differential difficulties of muscle input caused by the squeeze-crank operation, but most of the problems found with those rotary style of grater are still present. I have never taken a shine to this type, for any serious grating it usually wears me down faster than the cheese.

The extremely sharp stainless grater is app. 6" in circumference, I found most box and paddle graters I use to be about a half inch shorter but basically have the same amount of surface area. It takes two pulls of the lever to move the drum through one rotation, so if you'd like, do the math and decide if that's more or less work than one stroke with a linear type. Since it is continuous motion, you will find yourself with the ability to burn through a chunk of cheese in a really short time, although there is not much flexibility to work with odd shapes or create different textures.

The grater drum is quite sharp, and of course only offers one texture. I would guess most people tend to stick with the same size grind, but I tend to hop between coarse, curls, very thin lines or a fine powder.

A fairly significant issue is that, again, like a food processor, you need to prepare the cheese to fit the size of the hopper. Even though it is the right shape and dimensions of a typical 8-oz grocery store block, it will still be too long. If you have a wedge or other unusual shape even more trimming will be required, resulting in even more odd-shaped pieces that may or may not be easily reused, and dealing with the thick rind such as is found in most whole hard cheese presents its own set of problems.

Hard cheeses- (and chocolate, spices- even ice) shred wonderfully, but there is still the problem with the rind- it forces a limit and reveals some of the inflexibility of a drum grater. Soft cheeses are no problem at all to grate, if anything you will find it too easy to shred far too much. In a way, not a bad idea of you like to have a bag of shredded cheese on hand, here we can see semi-commercial leaning of this design. But the biggest problem with softer cheeses is to be found when after a short time, they will pack the drum, eventually slowing the output and making cleanup a small bother.

Speaking of chocolate and other not-quite-cheese things one can grate in an off-label sort of way, I tossed a handful of peanut M&M's into the hopper just to see what would happen. It took a little extra pressure on the plunger to get a bite, but once it did it continued to grind them into a nice powder. "And use for what" you may ask? I am not sure. Ice cream topping? Frosting? Salad dressing? They were uniform, evenly sized bits of sparkly candy, peanut and chocolate. It just illustrates how a tool and some imaginative applications can produce unexpected discoveries. Like frowns of disbelief . Who knows what awaits.

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Is the prep and cleanup time involved outweighed or at least balanced by the performance? I have seen comments that it can be difficult to remove the feeder and drum sections are challenging to many, although I found a pinch-and-push motion with one hand seemed easy enough to master, but requires a lot of digital dexterity and strength, this is not a simple task for many. But to be blunt: it's a deal breaker for those who would be in doubt. My mom would love the ease of grating, but could never even hope to manage the affair.

If it seems the novelty of the device may wear off a little, especially if you still have not yet come to terms with the extra steps involved, I think many would still reach for the conventional graters and save the KR for the bigger jobs. Or just having fun.

A thought not entirely out of context from Godley & Creme:

"The fewer the moving parts
The less there is to go wrong"
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Fun, colorful, easy to use 24 Nov. 2014
By E.Swope - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoy Kuhn Rikon products. They make clever, practical and very useable products at a very reasonable price point.

Like several of the other kitchen gadgets I have from the company, the grater was easy to use, producing mounds of parmesean in very little time, even dealing well with small awkwardly shaped pieces which clog my other graters.

It is a spring-loaded rotary grater. Operation is simple, remove the tamper, load cheese in the (small) chute, replace the tamper/ lid, and pull on the ratchet handle.

It is easy and fun to use, works well, and does some things better than my other graters. I have a rotary grater Zyliss Classic Rotary Cheese Grater which we used for quite a while. The design of the Kuhn Rikon shares a lot of features with this rotary grater, but I find that the chute keeps things tidier, and spring loaded feed works as well or better than squeezing the chute on the rotary model.

We effectively stopped using the rotary when we got a little cheese mill very simlar to this one Westmark Germany "Technicus" Handheld State of the Art Stainless Steel Cheese Grater/Mill a Cheese Lovers Delight though ours is plastic and dishwasher safe.

The reason I gave it 4 stars is that it takes more effort to clean than my other graters.
It can be completely disassembled for cleaning, but takes more effort than simply lifting the lid, as I do on our little mill, which is also dishwasher safe.

I think this will be useful when I need to grate larger amounts of cheese. It is clearly more of a kitchen tool than table side, as the mill is.

I do a lot of Italian cooking, so we always have a mill on the table. Now I have something comparable for the kitchen. My experience with Kuhn Rikon products has been great so far. They are all cleverly designed, thoughtfully constructed, last a long time. I expect this will too as it share all the characteristic of the other things I have gotten from this company. They are on my short list of go-to companies for well made, well designed kitchen gadgets.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Easily grates cheese, chocolate, nuts, etc. but not fingers. 29 Nov. 2014
By OLT - Published on Amazon.com
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Not that I usually do grate my fingers instead of the cheese, but I have lost a bit of fingernail at times.

This grater is cute, red, translucent, and easy to take apart for cleaning purposes. I do confess to having had to play around with it for a few minutes to figure it all out. The instructions are almost nonexistent. I guess the maker assumes a grater doesn't need a rocket scientist to use it but I could have used a few more hints.

It grates very easily, finely and uniformly. And it's so nice not to be holding the cheese (or chocolate, etc.) with my hand while grating. I do have to say that it makes a "ratchety" noise (duh!) while using it, but that was part of the fun for me.

The grating cylinder is quite sharp so it's important to be careful while cleaning it. The grater is dishwasher safe but so far I have washed mine by hand, very carefully. If cheese or chocolate sticks to it, it's better to soak or rinse it in hot water, rather than trying to scrub at it.

For me, this is a satisfactory and even fun grater to use.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A great grater 15 Nov. 2014
By Peggy Jentoft - Published on Amazon.com
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I wish I had discovered this grater years ago . The Ratchet grater made fast work of grating my very hard Parmesan cheese and worked even better for normally hard cheese. I did have to look at a video to see how to take it apart to put the cheese in and to clean but once I had seen how the push latch mechanism worked it was very easy to manage. The sharp parts are safely shielded when the grater is assembled. This is a lot of fun to use and seems to be very sturdy. Everyone who has seen it in use so far wants one . I think this is going to be on our list of essential if slightly off beat kitchen tools. I found it very easy to clean. There is a keep away from children warning because of sharp parts but the kids could not actually touch the grater barrel when it is assembled. This does look rather like a science fiction weapon or toy so you might have to make sure the tots won't try to claim it as a toy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great Output. 29 Sept. 2014
By Mr. Phelps - Published on Amazon.com
I find my Kuhn Rikon Ratchet Grater super easy to use. I tried this product because I really like my Kuhn Rikon Ratchet Pepper Grinder.
I think the output is the really amazing part about this product. With very little effort, you get a large amount of cheese, which is great for Pasta and Risotto. It easily comes apart for cleaning. I would highly recommend this product as a great tabletop or kitchen hard cheese grater.
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