Instagram‘s Slade Wentworth effortlessly showcases how to grate without unwanted spectacle. Simply slide a resealable bag over the bottom of the grater, and set it on the counter. Shred away, and once done, pop out the bag. Use a lemon to help cleanse the grater, and you’ll have a bag of cheesy goodness within minutes — no disaster involved. Lubbock Avalanche-Journal agrees that using a bag is a “grate” idea.
Buying pre-grated cheese may seem like the easier alternative. But while perfectly fine in a pinch, there are several benefits to grating your own. Not only does shredding save money, but pre-grated cheese also contains additives like potato starch and cellulose that aren’t found in a block. Such substances prevent clumping during distribution, but their effects also worsen melting during cooking, explains KCET.
So, for the perfectly shredded cheese on top of a casserole, reach for the grater. Try to use the whole bag in one go, but if some is left over, store it in the fridge, or freeze it for even longer storage.