I get skeptical about most gadgets, but I wanted to let people know about this one. It's a grater plate. They have existed for a very long time in Mediterranean countries but have only recently made a splash in North America.
I bought one out of curiosity and have to say that I love it! You apply a small amount of water to the plate and then glide the garlic, nutmeg, ginger or whatever seasoning you want to grate across the small ridges in the center. What you end up with is a fine paste with a lot of flavor. It's very easy to clean and doesn't take up a lot of space. It's also very quick to work with and you don't have to worry about losing a chunk of you finger to a traditional grater (don't get too enthusiastic though as the fine ridges on the plate can hurt a little if you run your finger over it too aggressively).
The best part is you don't lose any of the juices or essential oils that using presses or some graters can cause. I found the flavor was often better balanced. I find that the paste you get with garlic is great spread on whole wheat bread and toasted. Mmmmm.
I have used it a couple of times at cooking demonstration and people always want to know where I bought it. Many food and wine expos will have a vendor selling them, I haven't seen them in regular stores but I am guessing the AS SEEN ON TV STORE would likely have them as well.
Definitely worth trying.
Quick Disclaimer: Kate does not work for the d-grater company or receive any incentive for promoting this product.