Kitchen Tools: When to Save, When to Splurge
We put nine to the test to find out which pricey items pull their weight and which ones should stay on the shelf.
There are graters and then there are graters. For most jobs, the cheap version—think $1.99 at the hardware store—will work just fine. That includes grating the Monterey Jack you'd sprinkle over your scrambled eggs, or the harder Pecorino you'd use for a carbonara sauce. More complex jobs—like chocolate ribbons—are better served by this one from Microplane.