Electric Spice Grinder

(Last Updated On: August 2, 2010)

This is part of a series of posts on tools that have made my life in the kitchen easier and more productive.

Spices have been used for centuries to bring more flavor to our food. The best way to do that is by using spices that are whole when you buy them and to grind them up yourself. The reason is that spices lose their flavor over time. Who knows how long that container of cinnamon has been sitting on that supermarket self. So what I try to do with whatever spice I can is head over to my local bulk food store who sells whole spices. Once I have my whole spices, I need a way to grind them up to use them. So I turn to a coffee grinder, which is great for grinding your own coffee beans, but even better for your spices. I got this idea from watching Alton Brown’s “Good Eats” on the Food Network.

The nice thing about these grinders is that they are small appliances , that doesn’t take up much more space than my Pyrex 2-cup measuring cup. They are easy to use. And all I have to do is put the spices in, hold down the button, until it’s grounded up to my liking. I have done cinnamon sticks, cloves, coriander seeds, black peppercorns, just to name a few. If you want to get the most of your spices I recommend picking up a coffee grinder (or as I call it a spice grinder) today.

The spice grinder I would recommend buying is the Krups Fast Touch Coffee Grinder. It got positive reviews on Amazon and I think it was the one Alton has used on his show. I know from reading his book “Gear For Your Kitchen” that is a fan of Krups products. Just make sure you get a grinder that has all metal on the inside, because plastic will absorb flavors.

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