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Old 03-27-2008, 09:34 PM   #1
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ISO Nutmeg Info

After watching the cooking channel. I decided to get fresh nutmeg from the jar and just grate it when needed. The smell and taste are wonderful just as promised. But I am not sure how much to use. I have a pumpkin roll recipe that I have been perfecting for years (even though I am not a baker) and it calls for 1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg. Do I use the same amount when freshly grateing? any input would be appreciated. thanks

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Old 03-27-2008, 09:41 PM   #2
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I almost always use the same amount. It's so wonderfully flavorful that it adds so much to the dish/recipe.
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Old 03-27-2008, 11:01 PM   #3
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Unless the recipe says to use "pre-ground stale nutmeg from the grocery store that may have been sitting there for 1-3 years and you've probably had sitting in the back of your cabinet for 3-10 years and now has less flavor" I would use the amount (fresh grated) called for in the recipe.

Like Katie E. said ... it's a fantastic flavor! (and, yes, I have tried using the off-the-shelf crap - that's how I know it's crap compared to fresh).
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Old 03-27-2008, 11:09 PM   #4
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LOL MIF.... the pre ground stuff is crap! It probably has been less than a year since I switched over to grinding my own. Man, what a difference.... the aroma, the flavor. What took me so long?
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Old 03-28-2008, 04:44 AM   #5
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It really does make a difference. Kinda like the difference between ground pepper (the kinds they sell here is so fine it's like pepper dust) and freshly ground. Incomparable.

Nutmeg is wonderful-- I never skimp and always use the full amount.

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Old 03-28-2008, 07:09 PM   #6
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What do you tend to use to grind - microplane? Fine side of the grater?
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Old 03-28-2008, 07:15 PM   #7
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I use a tiny-holed grater - rectangular with a long handle.

I LOVE fresh nutmeg - I seem to incorporate it in many dishes, since the flavor wakes nearly everything up. Especially chicken or spinach dishes.
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What do you tend to use to grind - microplane? Fine side of the grater?
I have a small grater (not really sure when or where I inherited it) - similar to the fine side of a regular box grater. If I can't find it - I just use the box grater.
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Even though I have a box grater and several different grades of microplane graters, I use my little nutmeg "house" grater to grate my nutmeg. It looks like this:
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My brother used to carry around half a nutmeg in his lab coat when he was a med student, as did his mates at the time. It looks like the inside of a dead kidney, I believe. I was seven when he was doing this, so the reason could be slightly different to my memory!! ;-)
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