• Join Chef Success Today! Get support for your Pampered Chef business today! Increase your sales right now! Download 1000s of files and images, view thousands of Pampered Chef support threads! Totally Free!

Grating Carrots??

straitfan

Veteran Member
Gold Member
Jul 31, 2006
1,459
7
Can someone please share their "technique" for grating carrots using the UM? I managed to get them grated for the carrot cake cups yesterday, but I'm sure that no one would want to purchase the mandoline because of my flawless technique! Do you "stand them up" and poke them with the tines of the holder, or lay them down sideways? I kept having big chunks of ungrated carrot slip out of the food holder. I was using whole large carrots, which I peeled and then cut into about 4" pieces. DETAILED instructions would be appreciated! Thanks!
 

babywings76

Legend Member
Gold Member
Jun 19, 2008
7,289
59
I might be naughty, but I don't use the food holder when grating things. :D
 

Grandmarita

Advanced Member
Gold Member
Nov 9, 2005
913
0
Yours is an excellent question. I was wondering how to do the same thing. I have to admit that I still use the old four sided grater that my Mom gave me fifty years ago.
I also use my food processor for quantities of shredded carrots when I make her carrot and raisin salad, and for a pineapple-carrot jello salad.
 

straitfan

Veteran Member
Gold Member
Jul 31, 2006
1,459
7
  • Thread starter
  • #5
I actually used the rotary grater for carrots.

But the UM costs more, and I'd like to master it for this! :)
(Since I'm never going to get proficient at slicing tomatoes with it!!!)
 

chefjeanine

Senior Member
Gold Member
Jan 19, 2006
2,984
119
I might be naughty, but I don't use the food holder when grating things. :D

That's my suggestion and I don't think there is anything naughty about it. :)
 

aslion

Member
Aug 28, 2009
50
0
What I would do (and am planning on doing in just a little bit) is to cut the carrots into about 4" chunks and put as many as I can into the guard standing upright. Then not using the top piece of the guard yet, use my hand to press down on the carrots until I can't anymore then add the top piece and finish that way. I have more luck with the UM this way.
 

babywings76

Legend Member
Gold Member
Jun 19, 2008
7,289
59
Devil's advocate again...
See for grating, that just seems like too much extra effort. Carrots are so long and you can grate it for such a long time before your hand gets anywhere near the grater, so I just go for it. When I'm using the other blades that require the use of the food holder, that's when I cut the food and put them in it.
 

ChefPaulaB

Veteran Member
May 19, 2008
1,386
1
I'm with whoever posted above, I use the rotary grater... it's a breeze! You want to sell things to your customers that are easy! You don't want to trick them into thinking that it's easy to grate carrots with the UM and then have them buy it and hate it... at least I don't.
 

Aunticooks

Member
Gold Member
Mar 19, 2009
132
0
  • #10
I too use the rotary grater. The UM is great, but there again, too many "steps" just to get grated carrots. Pampered Chef is all about ease and what I call Fast steps. Now using the UM for cheese grating!!! That's why I bought it. If you could only see the scars on my knuckles from the "old fasioned" grating I use to do!!! LOL
 

Mel92504

Member
Gold Member
Oct 13, 2008
171
0
  • #11
just be warned...I "stained" my UM when I used it for carrotts...BTW I use the food holder & lay them sideways when grating.
 

akrebecca

Rebecca M.
Silver Member
Sep 20, 2008
225
1
  • #12
I also have 'stained' the UM when grating/slicing carrots. To get off the orange, use baking soda and a damp cloth to rub off. Just like MAGIC!
 

raebates

Legend Member
Staff member
Dec 6, 2005
18,357
437
  • #13
The guard isn't mandatory for grating, as evidenced by the fact that you can use that blade without the guard. I balance the UM over my Small Batter Bowl with the handle facing me. I then take 1 large, clean, peeled carrot at a time, grasping the larger end, and grate it standing up on a slight angle.

Does that make sense?

Oh, and you're going to want to rinse it immediately. Carrot will stain just about anything, which is something you can tell the crowd while your designated helper takes the UM off to the kitchen for rinsing.
 

DebbieJ

Legend Member
Oct 6, 2005
10,895
2
  • #14
Um, I use baby carrots in my Deluxe Cheese Grater. I don't grate much with the UM.
 

ChefPaulaB

Veteran Member
May 19, 2008
1,386
1
  • #15
I use Clorox Clean Up Spray and spray the Cheese Grater or UM or whatever is stained (cutting boards too) and let it sit for a minute and then wash, good as new. Keeps my cutting boards looking great!
 

JenniK

Member
Jun 30, 2009
60
0
  • #16
I honestly never use the UM - nothing ever seems to work and it's just easier to do it with something else about 90% of the time. I've stopped bringing mine to shows and I never talk about it. I want my guest to buy something they'll love so they want more and more PC stuff.

The rotary grater worked pretty good on the carrots - but the Microplae Adjustable Grater is by far the easiest way to grate carrots! Just set it up to drop the carrots on a cutting board. I also liked that the pieces weren't as long as what comes out of the rotary grater so you can easily scoop the carrot cake mixture in the mini-muffin pan.
 

JenniK

Member
Jun 30, 2009
60
0
  • #17
Oh - and you don't have to worry about any staining with the Microplane Adjustable Grater!
 
Nov 15, 2009
1
0
  • #18
I break apart the carrot into a few pieces and stick them on the tines. It works well, at least i can grate multiple pieces at once.

I have a customer that wants to return hers because of the stains. The staining drives me crazy too, so I can't really blame her. I used a magic eraser and it worked ok. I tried it again today but sprayed it with Pam. Then it just rinsed off very easily I think I might try that from now on when using the UM with things that stain. Anyone else have any tricks?
 

ChefPaulaB

Veteran Member
May 19, 2008
1,386
1
  • #19
I break apart the carrot into a few pieces and stick them on the tines. It works well, at least i can grate multiple pieces at once.

I have a customer that wants to return hers because of the stains. The staining drives me crazy too, so I can't really blame her. I used a magic eraser and it worked ok. I tried it again today but sprayed it with Pam. Then it just rinsed off very easily I think I might try that from now on when using the UM with things that stain. Anyone else have any tricks?

I just spray mine with Clorax Clean Up and let it set for a minute and then wash it, cleans it up great, I also use that on my cutting boards every so often. I don't like to use the magic eraser on food items, there are a lot of chemicals in there that I don't think are good for consumption! I have heard of people using it and having a really bad reaction just from it being in their hand.
 

mrshamel3808

Member
Gold Member
Apr 3, 2009
438
0
  • #20
At one of our last team meetings one of the other consultants brought hers and a chunk of cheese because she couldn't figure out how to do it with the food holder. My director told us that you're not necessarily supposed to use the food holder with the grater blade because, like someone already said, it's not necessary for the blade to even function unlike the other blades. Also, she showed us the best way to make the other blades work. Don't push down on the food holder, use a smooth quick motion. In other words, you don't have to push down to get the food to be cut with the blades. That's what makes it hard because then it's trying to cut too thick of a piece when you're squishing the food inbetween the mandolin and the blade. I tried it at home with a potato and it worked wonders!
 

nancycookspc

Member
Gold Member
Jul 8, 2008
418
0
  • #21
my 2 cents...I HATE the UM...
Been doing PC for 8Yr, sold MANY ultimate slice n grates.
I hate the new one...cannot make it work well, and don;t like that small hole for the food. If someone asks me about it I will be honest. And if they just buy it..I try to give them tips and make sure they know the return policy if they do not like it.
 

Similar Pampered Chef Threads

Replies
13
Views
3K
Dotty
Replies
61
Views
8K
stephaniekocala
Replies
7
Views
12K
ChefPaulaB
Replies
11
Views
3K
lt1jane
Replies
0
Views
1K
The_Kitchen_Guy
Top