Rachel's question yesterday about nutmeg graters and Microplanes reminded me of this little jar I picked up in France last autumn. It turns out that most whole nutmegs sold in the supermarket have a grater included. How enlightened! Read on for a closer look.
The thin metal grater fit perfectly inside the bottle, along with at least eight large nutmegs. (I've gone through several of them already.) The grater is very thin and it warps easily, so it wouldn't replace your Microplane any time soon, but it gets the job done.
Wouldn't it be nice if more of our spices, nuts, and produce came with the specialty tools we need in order to prepare them? Well, maybe that wouldn't usually work out so well (picturing apple corers hanging on the stem of every Red Delicious) but in this case it was a welcome detail for a tourist in France, preparing a dinner party in a rented kitchen.