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Grating tool? Spong? Mandoline? Something else?

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NotQuiteCockney Wed 24-May-06 13:18:56

I need some sort of grating tool. (No, not a grater, I have one of those.) I do a lot of grating.

I had a look at my MIL's spong recently, and that looks like it would do the job. Who makes spongs? Is spong the right word for them? Are they machine washable?

I have seen mandolines that purported to do grating, but I'm wavering about whether good grating is worth losing a finger for. (I already have a mandoline, anyway.)

Or, in France, I saw a sort of mill sort of grater, but didn't (of course) note the brand or anything.

Any suggestions?

JackieNo Wed 24-May-06 13:19:41

Are they called 'Mouli' or something? Will google...

oliveoil Wed 24-May-06 13:20:04

what on earth are you on about?

what the hell is a spong?

what are you grating? bricks????

JackieNo Wed 24-May-06 13:21:18

Something like this?

NotQuiteCockney Wed 24-May-06 13:22:47

A spong is (I think?) for cutting up cooked meat to make minced meat. (Ok, I'm not sure why you'd want to do that, but my MIL seems to do it a lot.)

I am not grating bricks. I am grating:
- carrot for carrot cake
- courgette for courgette salad
- all sorts of root veg for root veg latkes

I forget what else. I wouldn't use a tool to grate a bit of cheese to put on pasta, it's for the giant grating jobs, that I used to use a food processor for, but decided the food processor was overkill ...

NotQuiteCockney Wed 24-May-06 13:23:42

Oh, no, not a mouli. I've had one of those. They're good for turning, say, whole tinned tomatoes into chopped tomatoes, but no good for carrots etc.

NotQuiteCockney Wed 24-May-06 13:24:16

Good try though, I will try to search more. Also, to find a picture of a spong.

Is "spong" not a word then? It seems like a made-up word, but what do I know, I'm not English.

JackieNo Wed 24-May-06 13:24:56

How about this then? Says it works on veg?

twocatsonthebed Wed 24-May-06 13:25:18

I know the mill sort of grater you mean - my (belgian) stepmother has one. Will see if I can find one out there.

Another alternative is grating in a food processor - that works quite well for me.

But Google and I are utterly baffled about spongs - could only come up with a bishop?!? Do tell!

NotQuiteCockney Wed 24-May-06 13:25:19

Ah, meat grinder is the word I want. Spong is a brand of meat grinder.

JackieNo Wed 24-May-06 13:25:54

Or this?

oliveoil Wed 24-May-06 13:26:04

what you need is one of those mini food processor things maybe?

we have a mini one for zapping peanuts when dh has his Thai head on

NotQuiteCockney Wed 24-May-06 13:26:44

If I go buy a food processor now, after convincing DH that we needed to get rid of the old one (which was big), I think Words may be Had. I wish to avoid Words.

NotQuiteCockney Wed 24-May-06 13:27:15

Oh, and I have a mini chopper thing that goes with the wand blender, but doesn't chop things evenly, so no good for this problem.

NotQuiteCockney Wed 24-May-06 13:28:10

Hmm, I used to have one a lot like this . That worked ok, and this one looks sturdier, maybe made out of metal?

NotQuiteCockney Wed 24-May-06 13:31:12

Hmm, looks like "rotary grater" is the fix.

That's what I used to use, anyway ... now to find one I can stand, that's available in the UK ...

Blu Wed 24-May-06 13:51:31

The drum one that jackie links to or the rotary one you have found both look good to me! I had an all-metal one that I bought in Carrefour in France, but it got all bent out of shape.

My Mum used to have a mincer like this it was brilliant. For something to mince meat, google 'meat mincer' uk pages only. Others were a bit plasticky-looking - or a fab one that cost £110!

Californifrau Thu 25-May-06 04:12:45

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