How Much Nutmeg if you grate it yourself from a whole nutmeg?
I usually use a whole nutmeg and grate it myself - but it looks so much more fluffy than the pre-ground nutmeg one can buy.
How much of a difference does this make in the amount of nutmeg used?
Maybe I'm overthinking this (OCD! sorry!) but I'd appreciate advice.
I guess it would be personal preference. Personally, I LOVE nutmeg. The scent--the taste..it is one of those spices/aromatics that just give whatever you put into it that extra punch. Nutmeg is far better than cinnamon. I do remember hearing though that you should use less of the pre grated stuff than the whole. Or was it the other way around.
Freshly grated nutmeg is freshly grated, so the flavor is stronger; if you were to measure it, I would cut back just a few pinches, unless the recipe states fresh grated nutmeg. I don't use quite as much as I would pre-ground, but to be honest I never measure it after grating, just eyeball it. I grate til I feel it's right. Never had too much nutmeg.
The rule of thumb in a professional kitchen is 2:1 fresh herbs: dry. However with nutmeg it reversed. You can always add more, but you can not take it away. Most peoples spices in their pantry are old, stale and flat in flavor. You will need to start of with less and discover what you like.
It's actually 3:1 fresh to dry herbs. But that's herbs, spices can be a different story and the reverse usage, less freshly ground and more preground spices than fresh/dried herbs is often true. As you wrote, the OP needs to experiment a bit to find what amount of nutmeg he/she likes.