our most frequently asked questions answered below!

→ Hold the grater firmly and without too much pressure rub "dry" foods over the outermost edges

→ Grate "wet" foods in a circular motion in the middle

→ Using a brush (baking/ silicone brush or toothbrush) gently bring the grated material together

Watch the tutorial here

We feel that providing a silicone brush as a norm to try and upsell our product would not align with our sustainability and environmental ethos as a company.

In our experience we find that many keen cooks already own a silicone brush, which would make a "free" brush a wasteful addition (we can all agree we don't need more junk in our drawer or on the planet!).

However, silicone brushes can be purchased for a small cost from a wide range of locations. We do not recommend those little wooden pastry brushes for our grater (hygiene & longevity reasons).

We are working towards having our own silicone brush in our shop soon!

With minna stoneware graters it is super easy to work culinary magic in the kitchen. Below are some examples to get you inspired as a start, but keep a lookout on our socials for more inspo!

Garlic paste
Ginger paste
Homemade marinades for salads,meat, tofu, and vegetables
Curry Pastes
Homemade spreads and dips, sauces & condiments 
Grated Parmesan for pasta dishes & casseroles
Chocolate and nuts for garnishing ice cream, desserts & cakes 
Hot and cold drinks
Ginger tea 
Baby Food

We work with two ceramic workshops in the EU, one in Portugal and one in Finland! 

Absolutely! Stoneware ceramic is impervious to water and able to withstand elevated temperatures without cracking or warping. 

Super durable! Providing proper care and usage instructions are followed. Some of our graters sold to friends, family and customers have been in constant use for over a decade without any degradation to performance or look. Stoneware ceramic is renowned for its durability, that is why we have prioritised working with ceramicists who are masters of stoneware firing. We don't agree with companies that incorporate planned obsolescence into their business strategy. We at minna stoneware believe in sustainability, and are conscious of our responsibility to offer quality products that uphold it.

If you use a silicone brush, make sure to not press the brush down onto the grooves, but keep the brush upright, so that you are ‘gently’ brushing out the pulp/puree with the tips of the silicone brush. It is best to brush from the outermost grooves to the centre of the minna grater. Pre-wetting the grater before use can also make it easier to brush out ginger and especially garlic! Alternatively instead of a silicone brush, use a toothbrush!

Injury free grating is something we love about our grater. Our design is focused on abrasion and not sharpness, meaning it's great for keen cooks of all ages to use. When using the grater with children, we especially recommend placing a tea towel or sponge under the grater to reduce the risk of the grater sliding off the counter top.

Although we cant generalise about anyone's individual needs or requirements we can say that the force and grip required to use this product is minimal. It is more important to hold onto whatever item you are grating firmly than applying a large amount of pressure. We find that minimal pressure and a circular motion achieves the best results.

At minna stoneware all of our ceramics are produced in the EU (Finland and Portugal) following incredibly strict guidelines.

Unfortunately lots of ceramics produced in countries with less regulation have been known to reach the marketplace containing lead and other harmful materials. Lead ingestion is seriously dangerous and the ceramics industry as a whole needs to be more conscious of the responsibility to protect consumers.

As a general message we would encourage anyone when buying vintage or cheaply mass produced ceramics to check the origin of the product.

If you need to contact us with any other questions please send an email to hello@minna.uk or fill out the form on our contact page and we will be in touch as soon as possible!