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Dec 9, 2011 10:52 AM

Where to find whole nutmeg?

Can't recall having seen it anywhere, was hoping to make Alton Brown's eggnog recipe, which specifically calls for whole nutmeg freshly grated. Anyone seen it recently? I live in Belmont, so hopefully close to home?

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  1. I always get it at WF. They sell bottles of whole nutmegs right alongside the ground in the regular spice isle.

    4 Replies
    1. re: Science Chick

      Beautiful, I'll stop by Fresh Pond WF and see, thanks!

      1. re: phipsi102

        If you go to Whole Foods, make sure to check the bulk spices next to the bottled ones. They usually have whole nutmeg and it's much cheaper that way.

        1. re: bear

          That's where I found it- 2 pieces for $.36!

          1. re: phipsi102

            Awesome. It's amazing how much less expensive bulk herbs/spices can be.

            Let us know how the eggnog comes out. Love Alton and eggnog!

    2. Penzey's (located in Arlington) sells whole nutmeg.

      Even though I only use fresh whole nutmeg and grate my own as needed, my guess is that for this recipe freshly-grated vs. powdered-from-a-jar wouldn't make such a huge difference.

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      1. re: Pumpkinseed

        Big, big, big disagree - freshly grated nutmeg ALWAYS makes a difference.

        1. re: Allstonian

          Yah, particularly in Egg Nog where you are not going to bake it, or cook it but rather just slurp it down. All the more important to grate fresh.

          1. re: StriperGuy

            From time to time I like to use nutmeg as a "finishing spice" (is that a term? is there a better one?) on baked winter squash and green vegetables like steamed spinach. Freshly grated over hot food, it becomes so awesomely aromatic.

            Which is my long-winded way of saying fresh-grated is better. Try the bulk bins (Harvest, WF) or Badia brand (MB, Shaw's) for a cheap buy-in.

            1. re: emannths

              Harvest Co-op in Central Square Cambridge had it in their bulk spices as of yesterday.

              Also, the Indian spice story next door to it did too. Probably for a lot cheaper.

          2. re: Allstonian

            How long does a whole nutmeg nut stay fresh? I have some in a drawer.

              1. re: CapeCodGuy

                No kidding - I bought a jar of whole nutmegs back around 1980. I'm barely a third of the way through the jar and whenever I grate some it's still as pungently intense as ever.

                Problem is, I don't drink eggnog and most recipes that include nutmeg call for a tiny amount, so this jar is likely to outlive me. For anyone buying it now, I strongly recommend buying one at a time from a bulk bin.

                1. re: BobB

                  Guess it depends how my baking you do. I go through a jar of whole ones about every 2 years

                  1. re: Science Chick

                    Good point - I rarely bake these days.

                  2. re: BobB

                    Throw a little into tomato based sauces, like a Bolognese. It adds a nice flavor and will be your new "secret ingredient". Also, you'll use up your jar a little faster.

                    1. re: justbeingpolite

                      Yup, that's one of my main uses too. Also, my DH is a fiend for pumpkin bread, so alot goes in there...............

                      1. re: justbeingpolite

                        It's also great in just about any kind of sauteed greens such as spinach or chard. Again, just a little grating, no more than 1/8 of a teaspoon.

                      2. re: BobB

                        Hate to tell ya, but those are stale.

                          1. re: BobB

                            Even whole spices gradually lose their zing over time.

                            Get a fresh one from WF or Harvest Coop or even Star and compare.

                            I promise you you will be blown away by the complexity, spiciness and zing of the fresh compared to the bottle you got at that Flock of Seagulls Christmas party grab bag in 1984 ;-).


                    2. re: UzbekiFoodie

                      I've found a few recipes that calls for "moroccan seasoning" or ras el hanout. Searched online and came up with a few recipes for this mix which calls for quite a bit of nutmeg. I know it's probably not the real deal, but it's still delicious and I can use up the spices I have at home.

                      This mix is good for many savory preps - stews, roasted winter squash, beans, tagine....... I also gift a bottle of this mix to whoever loves my food :-)

                      I just bought myself a 1lb bag of organic whole nutmeg online for $25. I don't think it will last very long.

                      1. re: cutipie721

                        A pound... I don't think I've used that much in my entire life thus far.

                  3. re: Pumpkinseed

                    I'll second Penzey's. They also have an online store.

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                    1. Yep. BTW, I've found whole nutmeg MUCH cheaper than the inflated spice-section price, both in pretty much any neighborhood Latin market, even the tiny ones, and in the "Hispanic" part of the international aisle in the very same supermarkets that are charging an insane price in the official spice section. Go figure.

                    2. Highly recommend not going to Whole Foods or Supermarkets due to cost. If you need a lot , buy from the Armenian markets in Watertown or Indian Markets in Waltham. If you only need 1, try bulk spice sections at Harvest Coop, It will cost you about 10 cents vs. $4.00 for a bottle containing a couple.

                      1. FYI, you should always use whole nutmeg where you care about its flavor. It keeps far better than pre-ground - years (it used to take years to ship it around the world, after all) - and is supremely easy to grate on a microplane.....

                        AND, has been noted, it's cheaper that way.