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Spice grinder recommendation.

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#1 antdad

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:26 AM

I want to take my Indian cuisine a little more seriously after lazily resorting to powders and preprepared spice pastes and getting bored with their general lack of distinction, freshness and flavour. I have previous, destroyed a couple cheap bladed grinders in the past that can't seem to handle spices and a little lquid without rusting and seizing. Any recommendations?

#2 rotuts

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:48 AM

if you are thinking blade coffee grinder, those cant take water.

a nice one is the older smallest chisinart :


this one is much lighter and runs around on your counter:


the coffee grinder ( for spices now not coffee !) works fine dry.

#3 antdad

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 04:19 AM

Burr grinder for spices surely.

#4 joancassell

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 06:55 AM

Sumeet works wonderfully. It's made for Indian spices. However the company is not particularly reliable, mine broke and despite many protestations of difficulties in their Indian plant, and promises of shipping once the difficulties stopped, the five year warranty was never honored.

#5 liuzhou

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 07:04 AM

The Indian way would be with a mortar and pestle.

#6 boudin noir

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 09:17 AM

If I'm not in a great hurry I get pleasure from grinding in my large granite morter and pestle

#7 Katie Meadow

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 11:37 AM

I have a Cuisinart SG-10 (or previous incarnation) spice and nut grinder. It is not a mini-processor as the two items pictured above, so I don't put liquids in it. It is similar to using a coffee grinder, but for hard whole spices I find it works far better. It also makes small quantities of grain or nut flour very quickly. And it is totally easy to clean. I got it as a gift several years ago and it seems fool proof.

#8 antdad

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 06:59 AM

Yeah I forgot to say even though I have a substantial m&p I don't get any pleasure from grinding spices a mano.

#9 Merkinz

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 08:21 PM

Would it be appropriate to use something like a 'Hario Skelton, ceramic burr coffee grinder' for spices? Does anyone else use something like this? Thoughts please... I'm in the market for one too although I have a good morter and pestle already (heavy and awkward to clean).

#10 antdad

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 03:31 AM

I don't see why not, the Hario is supposed to be an excellent coffee grinder so it should be for spices, don't quote me on that. I'm looking at a cuisineart burr grinder, folks seem quickly realise they are not suitable for espresso and they're up on flea bay in no time.

#11 jrshaul

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 04:08 PM

I'm using a coffee grinder, but I might switch back to a mortar and pestle.

#12 jameswilliam

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 04:22 PM

I've got one of these porlex spice mills which I've been pretty happy with, works well for things like fennel seeds

#13 vimaladevi

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 02:45 PM

using this one for grinding spices and dry seeds:

I've been using this brand for years but only for dry items. But I have to say I keep two around just in case one burns out, not that it burns out easily, but I tend to use it even when making bulk items. Sometimes I'm making desserts that need dry finely ground seeds nuts etc it does it a much better and even job than the mini cuisinart/ food processor.

for small batches of spices I use the mortar and pestle...

#14 FrogPrincesse

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 05:27 PM

using this one for grinding spices and dry seeds:

I have the same Krups grinder that I use for grinding spices. I've been happy with it.

Edited by FrogPrincesse, 20 November 2012 - 05:27 PM.

#15 patrickamory

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 06:57 PM

Third - I use the same Krups! It's a workhorse.

#16 pbear

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 10:51 PM

Yeah I forgot to say even though I have a substantial m&p I don't get any pleasure from grinding spices a mano.

How about using a spinning blade grinder for the spices, then a mortar-and-pestle for the paste?

#17 BenZara

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 06:02 PM

The Krups is probably the best bang for your buck.

#18 naguere

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 07:43 AM

The Indian way would be with a mortar and pestle.

I totally agree, fresh spices ground down for one dish, no hot whizzing blades or steel cut rollers ., no worry about 'Can I grind my Coffee now?' There are so many Pestle and Mortars on the market now, cheap they are.
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#19 Twyst

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 11:21 AM

I use the waring. Pricey, but Ive had it for a few years and it shows no signs of slowing down despite constant use.


#20 egale

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 04:20 PM

I bought the Waring Spice Grinder Twyst mentions above several years ago. I've been happy ever since. It can grind anything, even cloves, nutmeg, peppercorns, you name it. I've found it to be worth the money.