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How to Grate Parmesan Cheese in a Blender

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Want to know how to grate Parmesan cheese in a Vitamix or other high speed blender?

While you can buy grated version of it in your local grocery stores, nothing beats freshly grated Parmesan cheese in your favorite recipe.

There’s a reason why nice Italian restaurants freshly grate Parmesan with your meal! Because it tastes better and is less expensive to purchase the cheese in blocks.

Above all, it is very simple to grate Parmesan cheese at home in a few seconds rather than minutes without dirtying those hard to clean tools such as graters and food processors.

Parmesan is the most popular hard cheese that is grated for adding to recipes, but of course you can use this same easy process in your blender for all other hard cheeses as well!

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How to Grate Parmesan Cheese in a Vitamix Blender


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Course Grating


  • Hard Parmesan cheese cut into 1 to 2-inch pieces - up to 1 cup


  • Place ingredient in the jar, secure lid.
  • Blendtec: Press the SPEED UP Button to Speed 4 and process cheese for 15-30 seconds. Press any button to stop the cycle.
  • Vitamix: Select VARIABLE, speed 5 or 6. Turn on machine and quickly increase speed only as needed to obtain desired degree of fineness, 15-30 sec.
  • Remove grated cheese by turning container over and gently tapping against a flat surface.
  • All done! Enjoy!! Now take a photo, rate it, and share your accomplishments! 🙂 Tag @BlenderBabes & #BlenderBabes
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Grated cheese is easier to distribute with free flowing particles. In fact breaking it down into small flakes is often preferable melted onto pizza and pasta dishes, and as a topping for salad.

Parmesan cheese has some great heath benefits!  Just one ounce of this grated goodness provides 11 grams of protein and just 1 gram of carbohydrates. The cheese is also a great source of bone-building minerals calcium and phosphorus.

Plus, if you are trying to watch your weight, Parmesan is a very flavorful cheese, so you do not have to use a large serving to enhance your foods.

Note: Consider that all cheeses contain high levels of fat, and Parmesan in particular also contains moderately high levels of sodium – approx 386 gram per 1/4 cup.  As they say, “Enjoy in Moderation.”

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1. Can Parmesan cheese go bad?

The longevity of Parmesan cheese depends on its type and storage conditions. Hard, aged Parmesan cheese can maintain its quality for up to 1-2 years when stored correctly in the refrigerator or freezer. However, softer and less-aged Parmesan varieties may have a shorter shelf life, typically lasting a few months.

To ensure the safety and quality of your Parmesan cheese, always be vigilant for signs of spoilage. Watch out for mold growth, unusual odors, or changes in texture, and refrain from consuming it if any of these indicators are present. Proper storage and vigilant inspection will help you enjoy your Parmesan cheese at its best.

2. Is Parmesan cheese Gluten-Free?

Authentic Parmesan cheese is inherently gluten-free. Therefore, Unless manufacturers intentionally introduce gluten during processing, most brands that offer whole, shredded, or grated Parmesan cheese are gluten-free. When in doubt, always check product labels or contact the manufacturer to ensure that no gluten-containing ingredients have been added. This way, you can confidently enjoy your Parmesan cheese as part of a gluten-free diet.

3. Can Parmesan cheese be frozen?

Yes, you can freeze Parmesan cheese to extend its shelf life. Freezing is an effective way to preserve Parmesan cheese, especially if you have a large quantity or want to prevent it from spoiling.

To freeze Parmesan cheese:
Cut it into manageable portions or grate it if desired.
Wrap the cheese tightly in plastic wrap, aluminum foil, or place it in a freezer-safe bag.
Label the packaging with the date to keep track of freshness.
Store the wrapped cheese in the freezer.

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When properly frozen and stored, Parmesan cheese can maintain its quality for an extended period, making it a convenient option for future culinary endeavors.



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Tarashaun Hausner is the Founder and CEO of Blender Babes. A former roadshow representative for a leading blender company, Tarashaun started Blender Babes in 2012 after discovering how instrumental a high-powered blender was in getting her personal health back on track. Physically and emotionally transformed from her journey back to health, Tarashaun vowed to help others find wellness. She is committed to thoroughly test and review the best blenders and healthy lifestyle products on the market to help her community make the best choices for themselves and family. Tarashaun offers several free resources to help people use their blender to get healthy including a 7 Day Superfood Smoothie Challenge. Blender Babes has also negotiated special deals and offers for products they love most.

8 thoughts on “How to Grate Parmesan Cheese in a Blender”

  1. Wow. Thanks for this!

    Do you recommend taking the rind off the Parmesan cheese before grating? Wondering if it would add to flavor. So many opinions on internet about this. Go figure!

    Tired of micro planing my fingers. Lol. You easy way makes it simple.

    1. You’re so welcome! Microplaned (is that a word? lol) fingers are not fun 😉 Yes I take off the rind but you could easily do a test each way and see what you prefer. The grind won’t blend as easily as the cheese but I’m pretty sure either blender can handle it. Happy Blending! ~Tarashaun

  2. I have grated Parmesan many times in my blendtec. But tonight when I was grating some, it blew the side out of my blender. A roundish piece of plastic about three inches in diameter broke out. Cheese had to be cleaned from one end of my kitchen to the other! I have no idea what happened. I don’t know if I can get the jar replaced under warranty or not. But now I’m scared to grate Parmesan in it ever again.

    1. OMG! That’s kind of crazy, Donna but it happens from time to time- very rarely. Just call Blendtec- they will handle everything for you. How old is the jar?

  3. 4 stars
    How is the clean up after shredding parmesan?

    I imagine blending a drop of soap wouldn’t work with cheese stuck to everything. Does it?

    1. Hi Danny and WELCOME to Blender Babes! Clean up is easy, just be sure to use 2 cups HOT water with your soap. I like to use the Soup button (instead of the PULSE button for a few seconds) to clean super messy jobs as well, then run over it with a sponge if necessary – but that’s usually only needed for nut butters, batters, and oily dressings. Parmesan cheese shouldn’t need much extra cleaning. 🙂 HAPPY BLENDING!!

  4. We LOVE freshly grated parmesan! Using our blender makes it SO EASY to do at home rather than using a hand grater 🙂

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