PDA

View Full Version : Burr grinder for spices?


boatnut
11-06-2010, 07:59 PM
I've always used a cheap coffee grinder to grind up spices like whole peppercorns etc. Usually with less then stellar results. Seems like I get a mix of everything from dust to "halved" peppercorns. Same with other spices.

I was wondering if anyone uses a burr grinder strictly for spices? I've seen a few on ebay that seem reasonable, but thought i'd get some advice here, first.

landarc
11-06-2010, 08:01 PM
I use a burr grinder for spices, I got it cheap at Target. It works better than the whirring blades of random pulverization. I prefer a medium grained rub, and the burr grinder lets me set the grain size to what I prefer.

swamprb
11-06-2010, 08:07 PM
I have a couple of these.

http://www.wmf.com/spice-mills-with-no-contents-_82511306/spice-mill-with-no-contents-classic_132065.html?sid=F5305BB0-D4DC-48ED-A2EF-602ED1BA4D8D

Kevin
11-06-2010, 08:09 PM
I bought a Melitta brand burr grinder at Tarszhay Boutique (Target) for around 20 beans and it makes a much more uniform grind than a whirly bird grinder.

j20832
11-06-2010, 08:33 PM
Hmmm... why have I been using a mortar and pestle for so long???? Thanks for the tip!

Kevin
11-06-2010, 08:39 PM
Hmmm... why have I been using a mortar and pestle for so long???? Thanks for the tip!

A mortar and pestle has it's place for me too. If your mashing up dry spices with wet aromatics like Garlic or onion. Huevos Rancheros would not be the same without it. :-D

landarc
11-06-2010, 09:22 PM
I have a mortar and pestle as well, I use it a lot on herbs, both fresh and dry.

Crazy Harry
11-07-2010, 12:36 AM
I use a vita-mix blender with the dry blade