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BikeBun



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2005 12:57 am    Post subject: Spice grinders Reply with quote

Went looking for a good spice grinder. Recently used a VitaMix to grind cloves... what a mess. Later found an internet item on a similar problem. Seems clove oil attacks plastic as it did the dry grinding unit on my vita mix. Seems the currently recommended spice grinder is one of these push-down-the-cover (e.g. Krups) coffe grinders. OK double as a spice grinder, but I'd like to find a burr grinder designed for spices, esp black pepper.
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sweet june



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2005 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hm, pepper grinders are easily found, i thought, b/c pepper doesn't do much damage to most grinder metals or plastics.

you're right, though-- some spices, like salt and clove, can eventually cause damage to plastics or the non-stainless metals in most readily found grinders. most of the soapers i know (frequently grinding herbs/spices to add to our soaps) just use electric coffee grinders. they are generally sturdier and longer-lived than their hand-turned spice mill counterparts. i have a krups for my coffee, and a kitchenaid for my spices. and two good ol' mortar/pestles, for those herbs that would wreck the plastic on my kitchenaid.

if you don't want another electric, best best is a spice mill with a ceramic or stainless (or other corrosion-resistant/proof material) mechanism and a glass or wood body. please note, though, that of course the wood body will retain fragrance from herbs that are ground within.

here's one, though it's pricey:
http://www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0009QDZSE/102-8250998-2250531?SubscriptionId=1VCPVTBZ200DP83H5Z02
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