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Grating Nutmeg?

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I think I am overthinking this, but is grating nutmeg more analogous to zesting a lemon or grating parmesan, i.e. are you just supposed to grate the outside like the zest or can you grate through the whole thing a la cheese?

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  1. whole thing....

    1. I've never considered that you can't grate the whole thing.

      1. The hardest part is not grating your fingertips. I want every last bit!

        1. Like cheese. And you can keep the partially grated nut until you're done with it. Microplane is wonderful for this.

          1. Tin grater with room in the top for a couple of seeds for the old school. Lost the lid decades ago.

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            1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

              Same here - and those are still available, I got one recently for a friend who'd never seen one and loved it.

              1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                That's what we have - they are the best.

                1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                  Same thing happened to me. LOL
                  I used to watch a short lived old 'talk/cooking' show with Judy LaMarsh from Vancouver. She used to always wear a neckless holding a tiny crater and a whole nutmeg.
                  She "put that **** in everything". LOL

                2. There's NOTHING like fresh grated nutmeg! I use a micrograter, but you have to watch your knuckes. I grate about half and keep in a spice jar and freeze the rest.

                  1. Grate right through, but only the amount you will be using immediately, so you get the maximum aroma and flavor released. The remainder of the "nut" will be fine at room temp, and the stuff you grate next time around will have the same level of aroma and taste.

                    1. whole thing too

                      1. Fresh grated is also very potent, a little goes a long way. Even in combination with other spices like clove, mace, cinnamon and ground ginger, nutmeg stands out.

                        1. Thanks, that's what I thought but just wanted to make sure. Glad I finally got a couple of them at Penzey's!

                          1. The nutmeg is a seed. The "outside" of the seed is stripped and removed. The coating outside of *that* is sold separately -- it's mace and very similar to nutmeg. I only now learned that people also use the fruit, but I think it travels poorly and I've never seen it in the US. Now I'm on a mission.

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                            1. re: nokitchen

                              delete.

                            2. I store my whole nutmegs in a baby food jar and use a microplane grater for the job.