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Your experience with grinding spices in a mortar and pestle?


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Your experience with grinding spices in a mortar and pestle?

germanpotatosoup | Sep 30, 2012 08:01 AM

I've been having trouble grinding things like fennel seeds, star anise, coriander, and whole cloves in my grandma's mortar but I just blame it on it being too small and smooth to be effective without everything flying out. I was thinking of buying my own bigger mortar and pestle and was deciding between a marble mortar, a molcajete, or a thai granite one, in hopes that its just my grandma's mortar. If you suggest I dont use one for this purpose, I was thinking of a manual spice mill with a ceramic mechanism (Im looking at the Spice Boy by Oliver Hemming
Im actually leaning towards some type of mortar and pestle as i like the versatility as I can use it for pestos, pastes, guacamole, ect. But like i said, im not sure if it would be effective, especially if i wanted to grind things to a powder. I realize many people use the Krups electric coffee grinders for this purpose but honestly, im not too excited about the Krups as I know when it comes to pepper mills, mechanical ones are superior so Im thinking it may be the same for spice grinders. Plus, I dont drink coffee.

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