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Cheese graters are an essential part of any efficient kitchen, but they also seem to be considered an important design reference judging by the variety of cheese grater innovations. The good ol’ fashion cheddar shredder has undergone several makeovers. Some are crafted simply to improve upon the grater’s aesthetics, while others look to save your knuckles from abuse. Whatever the reason, these alterations to the classic are as clever as they are functional.
What is most surprising is just how many places cheese grater references pop up. Everything from cars to public service announcements utilize the sleek, yet slightly intimidating styling of this kitchen standby. Artists use it as a metaphor for the harsh realities of everyday life and if you’ve ever been nipped by a grater, you’ll understand why.
Not just for cheese anymore, these cheese grater innovations illustrate our growing preoccupation with the unassuming kitchen tool.