What has holes that are bigger than a rasp grater but smaller than a box grater? The answer is a ribbon grater, a wonderful kitchen companion that turns a bevy of ingredients into airy, light medium-size curls with ease. Available as a lightweight, standalone tool or as one side of a box grater (the one you're probably most overlooking, TBH), a ribbon grater has dual-edged teeth that create thin strips in two directions. Where a rasp grater is useful for hard cheeses like Parm or pecorino, the just-right-sized ribbon grater is best for turning more flexible, meltable varieties into ribbons for even coverage. But as a garnish, the slightly sturdier shavings from a ribbon grater are your best bet.
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