Several years ago I received a gift from a friend who vacationed in St. Thomas. She brought me back a jar of whole nutmeg. It came with a tiny grater tied to it.
I tried out freshly grated nutmeg the very next time I made homemade applesauce. The fresh nutmeg put the old powdered nutmeg I had been using to shame.
Since that time, I've never looked back.
As I'm preparing to make the final batch of applebutter wedding favors, I decided to show off the whole nutmeg I'm using. The glass jar (on the left) is the original jar my friend gave me years ago. I just keep refilling it when I run out. To the right is a jar I just bought at TJMaxx. Who knew they had great spices?
Also in the picture you'll see the grater I upgraded to. This is not a true micro planer but just a cheap mini grater I picked up at who-knows-where-maybe-a-thriftstore. I use it to grate Parmesan cheese, chocolate, and lemon/lime peels. It works great and cleans up nicely.
This shows you the inside of the nutmeg.
To grate, you simply rub the nutmeg on the grater. Just grate whatever amount you need. The remaining part of the nut can be placed back into the jar for the next use.
Sometimes I place the grater over a small bowl to catch the ground nutmeg (especially if I need to measure accurately). Mostly, though, I just grate over the pot or bowl I'm cooking in. Hold on tight to the little guy or else he'll pop right into the pot and you'll have to fish him out. If that happens be sure to let him dry thoroughly before returning him to his jar.