Some of my customers have asked me about grating cheese in their Thermomix, in particular cheeses like Tasty or Cheddar. They find it easy to grate hard cheese like parmesan (10 seconds/speed 10), but struggle with softer cheeses. They key is to not grate Tasty & Cheddar as long as hard cheeses, as the cheese will just clump together. My other tip is to add some plain flour to your cheese before you grate & this will help your cheese not to clump.
You can save a lot of money buying blocks of cheese & grating them yourself. A packet of pre packed grated cheese can cost around $17.50 per kilo, verses a block of cheese costing around $12.00 per kilo. If your family eats a lot of cheese, these savings are significant over a year. Not to mention avoiding additives & preservatives found in pre packaged grated cheese. These contain Cellulose, which stops the grated cheese from clumping. What many don’t know, is that Cellulose is actually powdered wood pulp! I know what I’d prefer my kids not to be eating.
400 – 500g cheese, cut into pieces (approx. 4-5cm cubes)
40g plain flour
1) Place cheese & flour in TM bowl. Chop 4 seconds/speed 8. Check consistency & chop for an additional second at a time, so as not to over grate, until desired consistency reached.
2) Store in your fridge in an airtight container for up to a month, or in a zip lock bag in your freezer.