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Old 02-09-2009, 04:25 PM   #1
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What's nutmeg like?

I always here about it being a welcome addition to a lot of foods but not entirely sure what its like..

What sort of flavour would you say it adds and what would you use it on?

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Old 02-09-2009, 04:27 PM   #2
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It is so hard to describe flavors. Nutmeg and cinnamon are similar (but completely different). I know that probably does not help much, but that is the closest I can come. Buy some and grate it yourself. Do not get the already ground stuff. It will last a very long time that way. It is not very expensive so get some at the store and try it. that will be the best way to answer your question.
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Old 02-09-2009, 04:33 PM   #3
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Dang it, geebs. I was hoping someone could describe the flavor of it.
tanya, it is a lovely spice used in fruit pies, esp apple pie. I agree with geebs that you MUST buy the nuts and grate them - far, far better than the powdered stuff and a little goes a long way. I also agree that it lasts a long time. I bought a jar of them at an orchard a couple of years ago and still getting great flavor from the grated stuff.
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Old 02-09-2009, 04:35 PM   #4
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p.s a bit of grated nutmeg is also classic in one of the white sauces - help me out here people.....
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Old 02-09-2009, 04:57 PM   #5
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I buy both. I buy the grated stuff for easy uses, pancakes, french toast, "I can't find my microplane" times. In case no one has mentioned it, if you buy whole, you'll need a microplane or something similar to grate the whole nutmeg.

I find nutmeg to be a woody aromatic flavor, I guess that's the best way I could describe it.

Have you ever had Eggnog? Nutmeg is usually the primary spice in it.
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p.s a bit of grated nutmeg is also classic in one of the white sauces - help me out here people.....
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Old 02-09-2009, 05:04 PM   #7
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If you ever watch Rachael Ray I think nutmeg is her favorite ingredient. She uses it in every cheese sauce she makes.
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HM ill have to have a look around for the seeds them, if not ill pick up some of the pre ground stuff.

And yes I forked out 20quid for a microplane OUCH my minimal student budget hurt after that one. But god it does wonder for parmasan and to my fleshy fingers.
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Old 02-09-2009, 06:39 PM   #9
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A microplane is a great investment. You can use it on Parm, nutmeg, cinnamon, lemon or orange zest, it's great. You definitely made a wise investment there.
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Old 02-09-2009, 07:13 PM   #10
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I have a nutmeg mill. Actually, two nutmeg mills. Identical. Thrift store finds. Great for espresso, latte, all those "girlie" coffee things. Pies and tarts, sauces.
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