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When would a cook reach out for a mortar and pestle rather than an electric grinder for spices and a sharp knife for herbs?

The last person I witnessed use a mortar and pestle was my grandmother, and even she was dissatisfied with how a few grains of coriander might regularly fly off. But mortar and pestles remain very ...
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Does it make sense to use a burr grinder to crack spices into a uniform size?

A blade grinder produces spices of many different sizes, and I have no intention of using a mortar and pestle — on account of it being the 21st century, and due to my lack of confidence that they test ...
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How do I make plain chocolate powder?

I'm working on a little project and need chocolate powder. Not the one you can drink, it should be real chocolate but grinded. I tried using a coffee grinder, it gets to warm and starts sticking ...
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Superfine Grinder for table salt

I would like to use salt that is ground to a very fine / small grain size. What do I look for in a grinder to achieve this? Is there a grain size? I have seen coffee grinders, but their grain output ...
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How does the idli or dosa preparation process help in ensuring it is cooked and the bacteria+yeast are killed?

Background: If I use two or three cups of rice to prepare rice in a pressure cooker, I have to add plenty of water, pressure-cook it until one whistle and wait for around 1.5 hours until I open the ...
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Handheld pepper grinder for a wet (and therefore sticky) powder?

I am a research scientist trying to find a faster way to feed my animals. Fish food pellets are ground up in a meat grinder. About 99% of the pellets are crushed, and then the animals are handfed the ...
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Can I dissolve mint in water and drink it?

I like mint and sometimes put some in a cup of water. My question is can I grind the mint into a fine powder and dissolve it? Maybe if the water is warm? Usually mint like in this pic just settles on ...
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Grinding coffee beans in the Olde Time Nut Grinder, now sold by Hampton Farms?

Has anyone tried to grind coffee beans in the Hampton Farms peanut butter machine? It seems to me that it would work well. Thanks. Larry
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800g of peanuts give 700g of peanut butter – why?

I’m making my own peanut butter from roasted peanuts that I’m buying. I just got a wet grinder in order to make a larger amount at the same time. From the packaging I know that I used 800g of peanuts. ...
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Is there a slow speed walnut grinder?

I am currently grinding walnuts at home using a manual grinder and I would like to use an electric one. I have seen there are several models available on the market, but I haven't seen one which can ...
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Coarse Kosher Salt In Salt Mill

We recently are starting to run out of coarse sea salt, and I was wondering if it is okay to substitute out coarse sea salt and instead use coarse kosher salt to grind inside of a stainless steel ...
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Is it customary to use pigs pluck to make sausages?

Looking to start raising my own pigs and researching how I want to process a pig I am aware of the pig's pluck (larynx, trachea, lung, heart and liver) and I'm a huge fan of making sausage (I'll be ...
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What causes static in a coffee grinder's receptacle?

What causes static in a coffee grinder's receptacle? The question of how to reduce static has been asked multiple times on cooking SE (see https://cooking.stackexchange.com/search?page=1&tab=...
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How to take care of a wooden mortar and pestle?

How to maintain a wooden mortar and pestle? I just got it, and understood I need to first oil it to seal/protect it from keeping the taste of what I grind, which makes sense. But how to maintain it ...
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How can I grind teff? (without a grain mill)

One of the international groceries near me stopped selling smaller (~2lb / 1kg) bags of teff flour**. All that that they have now is 25lb bags. All of the other ones that I frequent are latin or ...
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Do I wash off the "silicone" before using my meat grinder

I have a Lem Big Bite meat grinder which I always thoroughly clean and spray with food-safe silicone lubricant after each use. My question is, do I "wash or rinse" the parts that I've sprayed BEFORE ...
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Which parts of star anise to use for grinding?

I want to use star anise and need to grind them using a mortar and pestle. Should I use the whole fruits including both the seeds and the much harder to grind pods too? Do the pods contribute equally ...
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Do I need to remove clove stems before grinding?

I have whole cloves and need to crush/grind them. Should I break the berry parts off the much-harder stem and just grind that, or is the whole thing meant to be used? (I'm using a mortar and pestle, ...
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Recipe asks for "15 cardamom pods, crushed". Do I keep the shells?

do I just crush the pods in a pestle and keep the pods in or do I remove the seeds from the pods and then crush them? this is for a flavouring for grilled chicken
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Do you de-hull seeds when making pumpkin seed flour?

I was interested in finding ways to use leftover pumpkin seeds, so I thought I'd try to grind them up into flour. Although I found a few websites (e.g., here and here) that mention doing this, none ...
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Is there such a thing as a tabletop conche?

Prompted by @JamesWilson's chocolate question, I am wondering if anyone makes a very small scale conche. I searched online but did not see anything obvious.
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Grinding loose Green Tea for more concentration

Would it be advisable to grind loose green tea to fine powder to increase the flavour concentration ? Also, please share your opinions on the pros and cons of this method. Thank You
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Why are chickpeas sprouted before grinding them into flour?

I am about to make (or at least try to) my own chickpea flour. Having had a good look around, my understanding is that I need to sprout my chickpeas first. My question(s) therefore: Why do I have ...
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How can I grind sesame seeds in my coffee grinder better?

When I grind sesame alone or with flax seeds, I can see that many of the sesame seeds are not ground. When I grind several things together including sesame, flax seeds and mixed nuts, like walnuts, ...
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When grinding flaxseeds in a coffee grinder, is it safe to add some water inside?

http://www.drdavidwilliams.com/how-to-relieve-constipation-naturally/ says Flaxseed is inexpensive and you should be able to find it at your local health food store. Keep in mind that if the ...
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how do I sharpen grinder blade

I have a manual meat grinder that needs the cutting blade sharpened, how do I go about sharpening the blades so that it will cut the meat.
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How can I turn rolled oats into flour without a food processor?

I don't have a proper food processor, just a little baby-food-sized one, so when I made Alton Brown's all-oats oatmeal cookie recipe before, I used half oat flour and half rolled oats. They were ...
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Can you use WD-40 to loosen the blades in a Mixer Grinder?

The blades in 2 out of 4 jars of our Mixer Grinder stuck within two months of its purchase and we put the jars aside as the blades stopped rotating. I think WD-40 will do a good job (I tried it on ...
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Homemade Corn Flour

I have a wondermill which I use for grinding wheat (I think it grinds it by blowing it through blades of something). Is there is some way for me to dry out frozen corn kernels so that I can send them ...
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Portable ways to daily grind & powder/ paste 8-9 overnight soaked & peeled Almonds while traveling?

Portable ways to daily grind & powder/ paste 8-9 overnight soaked & peeled Almonds while traveling? Portable/ Light while Traveling: May lack access to large food processor/ mixer/ grinder &...
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How do I grind almonds for making marzipan?

I want to attempt making marzipan, and the recipe I'm considering calls for 200 grams ground almonds (link to full recipe). How fine should the almonds be ground? Is it something that I can accomplish ...
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Which spices should be bought whole vs. ground?

I have a coffee grinder which has been excellent for grinding spices, and I'm currently transitioning my pantry from having many packaged ground spices to more whole spices which I can grind as needed....
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Is there any diminishing return on grinding spices for a "tea"?

I'm actually making root beer, but I've found the best way is to boil herbs and spices the same way one would make a tea, and then I add sweetener, leave it to chill, and use a carbonation device to ...
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New to grinding meat

I'm not sure how much of the fat to leave on the meat before I grind whether it be chicken, beef or Turkey What's the best method for grinding chicken vs beef vs Turkey, etc.
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Can I fix my universal meat grinder which leaks when I make cranberry orange relish

'Tis the season for cranberry orange relish, but what a mess! The source of the leak: where the handle meets the barrel of the grinder. Is there a gasket there that can be replaced?
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What is the best way to turn the chunks of jaggery into fine powder?

I have big chunks of jaggery. I want to turn them into fine powder. What is the best way to turn the chunks of jaggery into their powdered form?
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Manual Grinder/Food processor

do you know a tool that can grind hard things like raw chick peas but manually, I mean, without electricity. Maybe a windmill? My goal is to make falafels.
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Can a spice grinder be used for coffee permanently?

My father bought a spice grinder thinking it was a coffee grinder. He is very stubborn and does not want to return it (also it was the most expensive grinder from the store) Can it still be used for ...
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How to make ground almonds creamy?

I put roasted almonds through a food grinder — first on coarse grind then on fine[1] — thinking I would wind up with almond butter. I wound up with a fine ground instead. I haven't tried, ...
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How important is fresh ground coffee vs a good coffee grinder?

Given a choice between using a good coffee grinder a few days in advance, or one of those whirly-chopper grinders immediately before brewing, which would you choose?
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What is the easiest way to grind poppy seeds?

When I prepare a poppy seeds filling (e.g. for a pie), I currently use an old-style coffee grinder. It takes small amounts (like 2 tbsp at a time) of poppy seeds and grinds them into powder in 2-3 ...
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What are the differences between spice paste and spice powder? Which should be preferred over the other for what reasons?

Assuming both are freshly available, are there reasons why one should prefer paste over powder or vice versa? Example: I have seen both Garlic powder and Garlic paste available in the market. ...
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What are the types and pros/cons of electric and manual spice and nut grinders available? What qualities should be looked for while purchasing them?

Example spices/nuts that I'll be grinding: * Cumin seeds * Mustard seeds * Peanuts * Black pepper corns * Garlic buds and ginger * Cloves Questions: Which kind of grinders allow water in them for ...
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Is Turkish coffee grinding finer than Espresso grinding?

I am shopping for an electric grinder that can grind to the extremely fine grind of Turkish coffee. But the only commercially available electric grinders I have found so far refer to Espresso coffee (...
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I have a coarse pepper grinder, and it says not to grind over steaming pots, why is that?

It says not to grind over steaming pots on the label of the pepper grinder. Is this so you don't get burned or for some other reason?
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Practical home stone grinding [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I grind coffee without a coffee grinder? I like my coffee super-fine. I've had some luck with using regular coffee grinders and running it for a long time, but I'd ...
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Does flax seed lose its nutritional properties after it's ground up? [closed]

I am from Santiago, Chile. Here, there's a rumour that smashed (ground) flax seed loses its properties in around 4 hours. Do you know anything about this? Basically, the rumors say that the flax seed ...
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How can I grind coffee without a coffee grinder?

I usually buy prepackaged ground coffee for my drip coffee maker, but recently I accidentally bought a bag of whole bean coffee and threw away the receipt. Can I salvage this bag of coffee without ...
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Do meat grinders need to have cutting blade

I got a Game Winner meat grinder #8, but it did not come with cutting blade. Do you need this to grind meat?
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Should I crush the spice for Chai Tea Latte?

After having a cup of Chai Tea Latte from Starbuck,I decided to make a cup of Chai Tea Latte by myself. I've bought the spice from India store, however, they are not in powder simply because they don'...
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