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Why You Should Put Olive Oil on Your Cheese Grater

A person grates cheese on a cheese grater.
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Olive oil and cheese come together in plenty of delicious dishes, but if you take the time to grate your own cheese for recipes, you’re often left with a clumpy mess on your cheese grater. So have you ever thought about using olive oil to make grating cheese easier?

Yes, as it turns out, you can use olive oil on your cheese grater to prevent sticking.

A light spritz of olive oil on the holes of your grater will keep the cheese from sticking—even on the smallest holes! You’ll be able to glide even tough bricks of cheese with ease. As a result, you won’t lose any of your cheese in large clumps (which means less waste).

Most importantly, it’s an easy hack that won’t alter the flavor of your cheese.

Grate until your heart is content.

A few minutes spent grating your own cheese is worth it in the long run.

Chances are, you’re already using oil for your recipe. Even if you’re not, it’s a kitchen staple that most people have on hand, so you don’t have to buy anything special to keep your cheese from sticking to the grater.

Not only will this hack make it easier for your cheese to drop into a bowl in loose, airy shreds, but it can protect your fingers from getting cut on the grater since you won’t have to spend extra time picking out pieces of cheese or scrubbing extra hard in the sink.

Whether you’re making pizza, pasta, a delicious casserole, or your famous enchiladas, keep this hack in mind the next time you need a big pile of shredded cheese. It’ll save time, reduce cleanup, and let you enjoy the cooking process that much more.

Stacey Koziel Stacey Koziel
Stacey Koziel is a news writer at LifeSavvy. She's worked as a freelance writer for over ten years, focusing on family and lifestyle content. She also has a background in marketing and social media, and is always eager to talk (and write!) about the latest TikTok trends. Read Full Bio »
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