Store spices in their jar in a cool, dark cupboard. To get the best possible flavor from your nutmeg, grate it fresh, just before cooking with it.
Grate nutmeg using a nutmeg grater or the extremely small set of holes (with protruding teeth) found on the side of most box graters.
Add nutmeg to pie fillings, cookies, cakes, and any dessert involving dairy products. Nutmeg becomes less powerful when cooked, and so is usually added near the end of the cooking process in order to preserve its potency.
Beyond sweet applications, nutmeg can also be used in savory dishes like curries, cheese sauces, and fondue. Try adding freshly grated nutmeg to roasted root vegetables, sautéed or creamed spinach, cabbage, lamb or sautéed wild mushrooms.
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