How to Grate Cheese

How to Grate Cheese (without a cheese grater)

Did you know there is more than one way to grate cheese? That’s right! Whether you have a box grater at home or find yourself in need of grated cheese and no grater, we’ve got you covered on how to grate cheese without a cheese grater!

Prep: 10 minutesCook: 0 minutesTotal: 10 minutes
Fat 20 Carbs 0 Protein 14
Yield 4


  • 8-oz. hard cheese (any kind), cold  


Cheese Grater + Zester 

  1. Place a cheese grater or zester on a cutting board. 
  2. Carefully put pressure on a box grater or set the side of a cheese grater or zester firmly on the cutting board.
  3. Take the block of cheese and push firmly against the grain of the cheese grater to shred cheese. 
  4. Shred as much cheese as needed. 

Food Processor 

  1. Cut the cheese into small cubes or long rectangles. 
  2. Prepare the food processor for use. Place the cheese shredding attachment on the food processor. 
  3. Place the top on your food processor and open the food shoot where the cheese will go.
  4. Turn on the food processor and feed the cheese cubes or rectangles through the feed shoot. 


  1. To make shreds with a knife, grab a cold cheese block and cut a thin slice of cheese from the block.
  2. Next, take that slice of cheese and finely slice it into thin matchsticks (like matchstick carrots).
  3. Repeat until you end up with as much shredded cheese as you need.

Tips & Notes

  • Nutrition information uses extra sharp white cheddar.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 2 oz. Calories: 240 Sugar: 0 Fat: 20 Carbohydrates: 0 Fiber: 0 Protein: 14
Author: Lee FunkeCategory: CondimentMethod: No BakeCuisine: AmericanDiet: Gluten Free

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