University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension in Lancaster County

Helping you prepare healthy foods in a hurry

Alice Henneman, MS, Registered Dietitian and Extension Educator
University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension in Lancaster County


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Quick Tip - December 2003

It's a "Grate" Thing:
Grating Cheese & Nutmeg

Grate Your Own Cheese

Grate a small amount of a really flavorful cheese on foods; make the cheese flavor go further while calories remain reasonable. For example, once you've tasted freshly grated Parmesan cheese on a salad or pasta, it's hard to return to another form. Or, a sprinkling of a sharp cheddar is all it takes to kick up the taste!

When grating cheeses that stick to your grater or food processor blade, make quick work of cleaning by spraying the grating areas with nonstick cooking spray BEFORE grating.

For tips on choosing a grater for use with hard cheeses, such as Parmesan, you may wish to read the article "Rating Cheese Graters" from the staff at Cook's Illustrated on their America's Test Kitchen Web site:

Grate Your Own Nutmeg

Try FRESHLY GRATED nutmeg for a special taste treat. A dash of nutmeg can do wonders for such cooked vegetables as asparagus, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, peas, spinach and sweet potatoes; add at the end of cooking. Freshly grated nutmeg also adds zing to fruit salads and is great on that holiday nog! Go easy on the amount. You may need less of the freshly grated form than of the powdered version.

To grate nutmeg, rub the whole nutmeg on a small-holed grater. Better yet, buy a nutmeg grinder so you don't have to watch out for your fingers while you grate. Nutmeg grinders usually have some type of spring that holds the nutmeg against a sharp blade or grater while you turn a crank or rub the nutmeg across the grater. Also, many of them solve the problem of where to store the nutmeg by having a storage area for the whole nutmegs.

Do not grind directly over food at the stove. Steam from the food may hasten spoilage of your nutmeg.

If you don't have a store locally that sells nutmeg grinders, do an Internet search for such word combinations as: "nutmeg grinder," "nutmeg grater" and "nutmeg mill" to learn about various types of grinders and where you may purchase them. Also, check your favorite online sources for cook's appliances and tools.


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Alice C. Henneman, MS, RD
Extension Educator
University of Nebraska
Cooperative Extension in Lancaster County

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