Just not quite coarse enough,
This review is from: Zyliss Coarse Grater, Acid Etched (Kitchen & Home)
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This Zyliss grater really is a fine tool for the kitchen. It looks stylish and is robust yet light and easy to hold over bowls or plates whilst grating; you can also lean it upon its rubber tipped end too, and it grips the surface nicely. The plastic cover is a handy addition that will surely save many a finger from being sliced if you store the grater in a drawer, and although I hang mine up, I still like to keep it protected.
Zyliss state that they aim to create highly functional products that are about "continually delighting all who use them" and when I see this smart grater in my kitchen I do smile! I think it's partly because it feels professional, and looks so much cooler than my bog standard, non-acid etched box grater that I've had for far too long. Also, it's because when I grate hard cheese, or chocolate, the curly shavings produced are beautiful. The chocolate is perfect for a decorative topping on cakes or tarts, and the delightful cloud of cheese (almost too pretty to melt into a quiche, or as a pizza topping) really does dress up the likes of jacket potatoes, chillies or pasta dishes. I've even used this to grate the zest of a lemon (that was then blitzed into hummus) and grate nutmeg, though there is a Zyliss Fine Grater, Acid Etched available that's probably more suited to this purpose.
Before I get too carried away though, this product does have one limitation. I really like to make crunchy raw grated salads using apples, carrots, beetroot, and celeriac. Whilst I've not tried grating celeriac with this grater, I have used it for apples, carrots and beetroots, and must admit that I was a little disappointed in the results. The grater is actually not coarse enough, and grates such fine shavings that the salad ends up much too wet with quite a mushy consistency. For me this is a drawback, and emphasises where my low-tech box grater remains absolutely invaluable.
If you're looking to replace a box grater with this Zyliss, I would caution against that. This grater works well for offering a more refined, elegant shaving with things that are very hard, like chocolate and some cheeses. It also does ginger nicely, and can be used for coarse(ish) zesting. However, if you need a grated fruit or vegetable to have some crunch and body, such as for a salad or coleslaw, then this won't produce the desired result.