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Alton Brown's Tip For Using A Ceramic Ginger Grater Without The Cleanup
Celebrity chef Alton Brown is known for his out-of-the-box recipes and cooking methods, but one thing he hates when it comes to kitchen tools and gadgets are unitaskers — a term Brown coined to describe kitchen tools that do only one job. One gadget we've seen the "Good Eats" host use on occasion is a ceramic ginger grater.
Though it is a ginger grater, the tool can also be used to grate "chocolate, garlic, hard cheese," and the winter radish known as daikon. Cleaning this little gadget can be a bit of a chore, but Brown has the perfect no-mess way of cleaning it — tightly wrapping a piece of plastic wrap over his grater to bypass the messy cleanup.
He demonstrated the ease of his trick in an episode of “Quarantine Quitchen,” showing how the plastic was not grated along with the ginger. If you don't have a ceramic ginger grater, you can still create a mess-free zone using a regular grater, and if you freeze your peeled ginger, the final result is "fine shreds that make clean-up a snap."