I was in Selsey, in West Sussex, on business yesterday and I noticed several charity shops as I was looking for the place I had to be. So, after my meeting, I went for a rummage. And I found a gem.

I love to cook. However, I hate to grate! It’s knackering. I’ve got a delicious borscht recipe, for example, which I hardly ever make because it requires grating half a kilo of beetroot, a carrot and an onion. Too much work! And grating onions is horrible (stinging, watering eyes and runny nose).

Some time ago, I looked for an automatic grater. They don’t seem to exist though. The only option was a complete food processor and I couldn’t justify buying one. It’d be another significant thing to own and store (I’ve already got a blender for making soups and grinding nuts, seeds, breadcrumbs etc), and it would have me using electricity to undertake tasks I could undertake manually.

Yesterday, in a charity shop in Selsey, I found this…

How grate is that? (Sorry!)

It’s a Kitchen Mill. You put pieces of whatever you want to grate in the food compartment, turn the handle and Bob’s your uncle. Easy on the arm muscles and no danger of grating your knuckles.

I’m pretty sure it’s never been used. £1.50. What a bargain. I can’t tell you how chuffed I am. Charity shops are fantastic. My problem’s solved without me buying new, someone else’s clutter is being used and the money went to charity.

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