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Long pepper how the *#&@! do you grind it?

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Long pepper how the *#&@! do you grind it?

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jumpingmonk | | Jul 26, 2009 08:30 AM

Hi all,
Ever since i first bumped into it, I have had a fondness for the taste of long pepper (Piper longum) however grinding the stuff up into a useably powder/small chunks has been continually baffling me. With a mortar and pestle most of it flies out of the bowl and trying to grind it that way is literally killing my wrist and arm. duping it into a small electric coffe grinder running it for a few minutes and then running the result trogh a fine seive ( putting what doesn't go through away for the next time) works but the grinder immedately starts making the horrible noises and smells that tell you the job you doing is beyond it's strength and the motor is burning out plus i doesnt really give me much control over how much ground pepper it get since I have to fill the grinder (if i put one in, it just bounces around). the pepper is too hard for the regular pepper grinder to do anything with it (and if you dont whack the suff with a hammer the peppers are too big to fit in it) there's got to be an effecient way of doing this that wont result in a broken appliance or carpal tunnel syndrome. Any hints?

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