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Pampered Chef: Grating Carrots??

  1. straitfan

    straitfan Veteran Member Gold Member

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    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!
     
    Aug 31, 2009
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  2. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

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    I might be naughty, but I don't use the food holder when grating things. :D
     
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  3. Grandmarita

    Grandmarita Advanced Member Gold Member

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    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.
     
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  4. carolyn_wing@yahoo.c

    carolyn_wing@yahoo.c Member Gold Member

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    I actually used the rotary grater for carrots.
     
  5. straitfan

    straitfan Veteran Member Gold Member

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    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!!!)
     
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  6. chefjeanine

    chefjeanine Legacy Member Gold Member

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

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    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.
     
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  8. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

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    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.
     
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  9. ChefPaulaB

    ChefPaulaB Veteran Member

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    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.
     
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  10. Aunticooks

    Aunticooks Member Gold Member

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    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
     
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  11. Mel92504

    Mel92504 Member Gold Member

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    just be warned...I "stained" my UM when I used it for carrotts...BTW I use the food holder & lay them sideways when grating.
     
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  12. akrebecca

    akrebecca Rebecca M. Silver Member

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    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!
     
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  13. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

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    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.
     
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  14. DebbieJ

    DebbieJ Legend Member

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    Um, I use baby carrots in my Deluxe Cheese Grater. I don't grate much with the UM.
     
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  15. ChefPaulaB

    ChefPaulaB Veteran Member

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    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!
     
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  16. JenniK

    JenniK Member

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    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.
     
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  17. JenniK

    JenniK Member

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    Oh - and you don't have to worry about any staining with the Microplane Adjustable Grater!
     
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  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?
     
  19. ChefPaulaB

    ChefPaulaB Veteran Member

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    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.
     
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  20. mrshamel3808

    mrshamel3808 Member Gold Member

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    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!
     
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  21. nancycookspc

    nancycookspc Member Gold Member

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    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.
     
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