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Using your coffee grinder for a spice grinder

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Years ago, I learned this trick from Michael Chiarello from Napa and the last Next Iron Chef. To use your coffee grinder as a spice grinder, put a torn up piece fo bread into the grinder and turn it on making bread crumbs. Do the same thing after grinding spices. Clean grinder no trace of either.

post #2 of 13

I keep one just dedicated for spices. Picked it up on sale for $12 and it works great.

post #3 of 13

I dedicate a grinder to spices as well.  Especially since I dehydrate and grind a lot of hot peppers.  I won't use it for coffee again.  Not sure if I want to risk tasting habanero coffee.... 

post #4 of 13

Habanero coffee, you might be on to somthing with all the chilieheads out there. I also use 2 grinders.

post #5 of 13

Same here, we have one only for spices.

post #6 of 13

Same here! Had to buy a new one this year because I sealed the lid after cleaning. Rusted the whole inside. $15 at the local kitchen store.

 

Thanks for the breadcrumb trick - I'm definitely going to try that one.

 

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Habanero coffee, you might be on to somthing with all the chilieheads out there. I also use 2 grinders.



million dollar idea right there...

 

post #8 of 13

Now I have an idea!

post #9 of 13

Dedicated grinder also.

post #10 of 13

Great idea using the bread, but I already have two grinders.

post #11 of 13

I just read somewhere (maybe Cooks Illustrated) that a tablespoon or so of raw rice can be powdered in the grinder to clean it. This is good if you use for coffee, too, as it will absorb the oil from the coffee beans, too. I'm getting a second grinder soon since I'm back to grinding coffee more frequently - my grinder has been used a lot the last year or so for spices.

post #12 of 13

Looks-Great.gif Thanks for the ideal......

post #13 of 13

Last summer my sister in law was headed out garage sale-ing and asked if I wanted her to watch out for anything so i said a coffee grinder.  Danged if she didn't bring a like new one back a couple of hours later! I asked her what I owed her and she said 2 bucks...........JACKPOT!!! I now have a dedicated grinder.

 

Barry.

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