High Capacity Spice Grinder/Mill

Discussion in 'Slicers, Grinders, Tools, Equipment' started by dougmays, Nov 18, 2014.

  1. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    Wanted to see if anyone has or can recommend a high capacity spice grinder? I've read through many of the past posts about this but most are using the cheap Walmart coffee grinders, which is what i have currently but it only does maybe 1/2 cup at a time :(

    Cuisinart has a nice looking one called the DBM-8 that seems to be perfect but its nearly $50, yikes!
  2. bregent

    bregent Smoking Fanatic

    Not sure if it was mentioned in any of the other posts you read, but the NutriBullet comes with a blade for milling that works great for spices. It's also not cheap ($80 at Costco) but of course it does other things too. So I wouldn't recommend it just for spices but if you were looking at if for blending/juicing it might be a good option.
  3. If it costs $90 and you use it every week for 2 years it will cost 90 cents for each time you use it to grind spices to spread on $65 worth of meat that you will smoke on your $2500 smoker.
  4. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have a mini food processor and a mortar and pestle. That pretty much covers what I need. But its no where near what I would consider high capacity. My mini is so old they don't even sell 'em anymore. Maybe thats why it still works.
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2014
  5. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    That DBM-8 looks pretty sweet and since some of the other higher capacity mills are $100+, it's not really too bad...JJ
  6. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I now use the De'Longhi KG49 90g Electric Coffee Grinder at home which costs around £24 ($47 in US) and has a reasonable capacity. It works well on all hard spices however you still need to do large quantities in smaller batches. If you go for one of the smaller professional models like the Waring WSG30K (£156) the actual chopping capacity is slightly smaller than the De'Longhi but it is easy and quick to use. It has a speed of 19,000 rpm which can tackle most things. I don't have the Waring grinder but I have used one several times in a local commercial kitchen. I find the trick is to grind each spice individually then mix together and grind a second time in batches to combine.
  7. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It looks good for coffee and probably other small regular shaped spices but I wonder how it would cope with something larger or more of an odd shape like star anise or cinnamon stick.
  8. dls1

    dls1 Smoking Fanatic

    I'd seriously recommend the Cuisinart Elite Die-Cast Mini Prep, 4-Cup processor. It's a great multi-purpose tool with both a chop and grind function. You can use it like a regular food processor for smaller quantities of vegetables, meats, etc, and also as a grinder for spices, nuts, etc. You can also use it to puree sauces, soups, etc.

    Cuisinart makes 2 models. One with a durable plastic housing, and another with a die cast metal housing, which is the one I have and recommend. Depending upon the retailer, it runs about $10 more than the plastic housing. Most retailers such as Amazon, BB&B, etc, sell only the model a\with the plastic housing for around $50-$55. Williams-Sonoma sells both models and the die cast model is $65. They currently have a promotion with 15% off, which brings it to $55. Shipping is free.

    Per Wade's comment, the unit does well with all spices including ones such as star anise, cinnamon stick, and nutmeg. It' best to pulse the harder ones 3-4 times before going to full grind.
  9. link

    link Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I am with Foam, I have a mini food processor and about 4 different size mortar and pestle. Handles pretty much everything I do.
  10. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    I think your right J, after looking around more its not a bad price and seems to be exactly what i'm looking for.

    Thanks everyone for the comments suggestions!
  11. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    Just read the specs on it more from Amazon and that little removable cup is only 1 Cup capacity, shoot my current coffee grinder is 1/2 cup. Guess its not really worth $50 to only double my capacity
  12. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If you seriously want volumne, I have this in the garage for light duty, and across the street is the one that uses the tractors PTO. I cracked corn for the chickens when I was doing chickens.

    You can adjust the size of your grind. And you can add an electric motor to increase productivity.

    If you don't have a hydraulic corn shucker...........

    Thats manual!  When I left for college, my Pop said he misplaced the handle so he HAD to get me a new hydraulic one. Lots of things got powered after I left for school. LOL
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2014
  13. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I'm retired , so I have time to sit and Grind in my Coffee Grinder and The Mortar and Pestle .

    Have fun and. . .
  14. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    HAHA i think i'm going to just stick with what i've got! For competitions i made usually 32oz atleast of rubs so i wanted a faster way to grind it all down
  15. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That grinder is adjustable, I asure you it will work for whatever size you want..............

    If it all becomes fast and automated, they won't need you. Enjoy that time you make your spices. I have gone backwards on alot of conviences and I find I enjoy doing them. Well except any house work.
  16. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    Very true Foam, very true

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