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How to Keep Grated Cheese From Clumping?

Last Updated on May 29, 2023 by Lauren Beck

As a cheese enthusiast, I’ve encountered the frustration of grated cheese clumping together. Fear not, my fellow cheese lovers! 

In this article, I’ll share my firsthand tips to keep grated cheese from clumping. Get ready to sprinkle cheese easily and enjoy a clump-free cheese experience every time!

8 Ways to Keep Grated Cheese From Clumping:

  1. Toss with Cornstarch: Lightly coat the grated cheese with a small amount of cornstarch before storing. This helps absorb moisture and prevents clumping.
  2. Add a Touch of Oil: Drizzle some neutral oil, like vegetable or canola oil, over the grated cheese and gently toss it. The oil acts as a barrier, keeping the cheese strands separate.
  3. Freeze Before Grating: Place the cheese block in the freezer for 15-20 minutes before grating. This firms up the cheese, making it less likely to clump.
  4. Grate Freshly: Grate the cheese just before you need it rather than grate it in advance. Freshly grated cheese tends to clump less compared to pre-grated cheese.
  5. Keep It Dry: Ensure the cheese is as dry as possible before grating. Pat dry with a paper towel or let it air dry for a few minutes to minimize moisture content.
  6. Store in an Airtight Container: Transfer the grated cheese to an airtight container or resealable bag to protect it from moisture in the air.
  7. Keep Cheese Away from Moisture: Store the grated cheese away from areas prone to moisture, such as near the refrigerator door or the vegetable crisper.
  8. Use Cheese Slicers: Instead of grating, create thin slices using a cheese slicer. These slices are less likely to clump together.

How to Stop Cheese Clumping While Shredding?

  • Use a Box Grater: Opt for a box grater with larger holes to shred the cheese. Smaller holes tend to produce finer shreds that can clump together.
  • Grate with Quick, Downward Strokes: Grate the cheese with quick, downward strokes to avoid creating too much friction and heat, which can lead to clumping.
  • Rotate the Cheese Block: Rotate the cheese block as you grate to ensure even distribution and prevent any single area from overheating and clumping.

Why Does Shredded Cheese Clump Together?

Shredded cheese can clump together due to moisture, heat, and inadequate storage. 

When the moisture content of the cheese increases, it can cause the strands to stick together and form clumps. Heat and friction during the grating process can also contribute to clumping.

How to Prevent Shredded Cheese From Clumping?

Man Grating Cheese

It’s important to minimize moisture and prevent excess heat to prevent shredded cheese from clumping. Here are some tips:

  • Keep the cheese as dry as possible before grating.
  • Grate the cheese just before using it.
  • Store the shredded cheese properly in an airtight container.
  • Avoid storing it in areas prone to moisture or heat, such as the refrigerator door or near the stove.

How to Store Shredded Cheese?

Proper storage is key to preventing shredded cheese [1] from clumping. Follow these steps to store shredded cheese effectively:

  1. Transfer the shredded cheese to an airtight container or resealable bag.
  2. Squeeze out as much air as possible before sealing.
  3. Store the container or bag in the refrigerator at a consistent temperature.


In conclusion, keeping grated cheese from clumping is easy with the right methods. You can enjoy smooth and convenient cheese sprinkling by using cornstarch, adding a little oil, and storing it properly. 

Remember to dry the cheese, grate it properly, and store it in a sealed container. With these tips, you can say goodbye to annoying clumps. So, grab your grater, get creative with your cheese dishes, and enjoy clump-free cheese that enhances your meals.


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