Once in a while, you might need to make the food into smaller portions because the recipe calls for it.
This can be done in many ways, which include shredding. Shredding is a great way to break the food up, and one popular way they do this is through using a grater.
People can shed all sorts of food with a grater. One food they do this with is cheese, but what happens when you don’t have a grater?
In this article, we are going to address this very subject, and by the time you are done, you’ll have all the information you need.
How Do You Shred Cheese Without Grater?
When it comes to shredding cheese, there are four total ways to do this other than using a grater. In this section, we will go into detail on how you can use all of these methods to shred cheese.
We promise that by the end, you’ll be able to make an informed decision.
If you don’t have a cheese grater, then a good way to shred cheese is with a knife. It’s classic because everyone has at least one sharp knife around.
- First, put your cheese on the cutting board and start cutting your cheese into thin slices.
- Take those slices and start cutting those into thinner strips of cheese. Repeat until the cheese shreds are your desired size.
This is all there is to the knife method. Just make sure and watch where you are cutting so you don’t take off a finger!
A veggie chopper is a great device that comes in a long rectangular shape. It’s not something everyone has on hand, but if you do, consider using this method!
- Place the shredded cheese in the storage compartment of the veggie chopper.
- Then, you can start pressing down on the chopper to get some shredded cheese.
- Keep doing this until all the cheese is shredded.
Should you not have a veggie chopper on hand, do c getting one because it really is a quick way to accomplish shredding cheese. Once you get the hang of it, it truly is a breeze.
The food processor is a great way to shred cheese if you happen to have a food processor on hand. It’s fast too.
- Put together your food processor while it is unplugged. Nothing good comes of putting it together while it is plugged in. We are sure you can figure out why.
- Once it is together, put the cheese into the food processor. Make sure you cut them into small cubes or something similar.
- Turn on the food processor and in around a minute you’ll have shredded cheese.
Always refer to the directions that come with the food processor so you know exactly how to use it.
Cheese Slicer Method or Veggie Peeler
A cheese slicer is a great way of getting shredded cheese without the hassle. If you don’t have a cheese slicer, you can use a veggie peeler instead.
- Place the cheese on a cutting board and grab the peeler or slicer.
- Start cutting the cheese in whatever way you prefer. You can use it on the corner first or run it down the entire block of cheese.
- A veggie peeler works similarly. The only difference is that it has a smaller blade than a cheese slicer.
Lemon Zester Method
Yes, you are reading it right. You can use a lemon zester to shred your cheese. Not everyone has a lemon zester on hand, but if you do, then why not dust it off and use it to shred some cheese?
- Place a cutting board or bowl on the counter.
- Grab the lemon zester in one hand and hold the cheese in the other. Zest it like you would a lemon. What you’ll end up with is very thinly shredded cheese.
This method is best if you want your cheese to be super thin. If you are looking for thicker shreds, it would be better to use one of the other methods on the list.
How to Properly Store Shredded Cheese
There are two ways you can safely store your cheese. Either it can go in the freezer or the fridge. This is, of course, if you don’t plan to use it right away.
If you do, then you don’t need this section, but there are times when we change our minds. Hey, we’re only human.
To store shredded cheese the proper way, you need to put it in a Ziplock bag of some sort and make sure it’s airtight.
Then stick it in the fridge or freezer. If the cheese is in the fridge, it will last a few days, while if it’s in the freezer, it can last up to a few months.
How To Stop Shredded Cheese From Clumping
One problem you might find yourself facing with storing your cheese is that it can dry out and then end up in a huge clump.
Your shredded cheese ends up in big clumps is concerning because then you need to try to break it apart, a process that isn’t always easy to accomplish.
The trick to not having your shredded cheese clump together is to take 1 to 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and putting it in the bag with the shredded cheese. Shake it up to make sure the cornstarch gets all over.
This is all there is to it!
And there you go, all your cheese lovers out there! A common way people shred cheese is with a grater, but there are times when we are not going to have a grater.
This is why it is helpful if you know all the other methods that are available for shredding cheese.
We narrowed down four proven methods and also how you can safely store them in the first place.
Sometimes you may not know if you are going to eat it right away, so it’s good if you know how to store it in either the fridge or freezer.
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- How To Shred Chicken
- How To Shred Imitation Crab
- How To Shred Lettuce
- How To Shred Pork
- How To Shred Potatoes
I have been smoking and grilling meat from an early age and enjoy sharing my knowledge and expertise through the hundreds of articles I have written about BBQ. I hope to make everyone’s BBQ journey that little bit easier.