Medieval Cheese Grater

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Medieval Cheese Grater

Postby Penny Co Cook » Tue Jan 08, 2008 3:11 pm

Clues in the title :wink:

Does anyone know where I can get hold of medieval cheese grater, grated cheese is in so many of the recipes yet I can't recall having seen one.


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Re: Medieval Cheese Grater

Postby Karen Larsdatter » Tue Jan 08, 2008 3:32 pm

When he's cooking medieval recipes for feasts, my husband generally uses one of his kitchen-staff for that sort of work. I recommend that you get yourself a similar utensil, even if you have to train the scullery-maid to handle the task.


There's a guy here in the U.S. that sells these graters & rasps, based on examples from the 16th-18th centuries.

I've got a couple of linkspages that might help -- mostly, and too -- but I'm not seeing anything cheese-grater-ish on either of those pages (but am perhaps not looking hard enough). The illustrations of cheese in the Tacuinum Sanitatis manuscripts usually show cheesemaking or cheesemongering, rather than cheese-grating, so they're not helpful.

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medieval cheese grater

Postby Penny Co Cook » Tue Jan 08, 2008 3:35 pm

Thanks Karen

If your husband could recommed a link for a well trained kitchen hand that would be the best plan :wink:

Will check out the options.

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Re: medieval cheese grater

Postby Karen Larsdatter » Tue Jan 08, 2008 3:39 pm

Aha! Found another option for you:

A cheese-grater, from Il Cuoco Segreto Di Papa Pio V (The Private Chef of Pope Pius V), by Bartolomeo Scappi, Venice, 1570, at the Medieval/Renaissance Food Clip-Art Collection.

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Postby sally » Tue Jan 08, 2008 4:59 pm

Do the recipes specify what sort of cheese? A lot of the very hard cheeses (think like Parmesan) can be shaved with a knife rather than needing rubbing through a grater, might be an option for some recipes

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Postby hazy » Wed Aug 13, 2008 9:17 pm

Do the recipes actually specify grated cheese? (not being pissy, I'm just trying to remember if I've ever seen a recipe which said that exactly)

We usually just chop cheese small with a knife tbh, although it does take a loooong time

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Postby Eric the well read » Wed Aug 13, 2008 10:57 pm

You could always use one of those b****y awful lanterns I keep seeing......


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Postby Type16 » Thu Aug 14, 2008 10:06 am

I got this one off the Company of St. George site.
Have been meaning to make one.
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Postby dickon » Thu Aug 14, 2008 4:08 pm

We could certainly make you one,but not for a while as we're really busy!! you could have it in time for next season(or maybe christmas if I give up sleeping)

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Postby bournio » Thu Aug 14, 2008 5:02 pm

Chopping it thinly should work in a lot of recipes!

Or if its a crumbly cheese, no worries there eh?

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