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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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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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how to grind pistachio nuts so that they stay dry

I've become a bit obsessed with making macarons and have actually managed to make them come out nicely, so I'm looking to take them to the next level and start using different nuts from almonds. When ...
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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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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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How to get a smooth paste from ground chickpeas?

I make Hummus quite often, and use my food processor to chop the chickpeas. This yields a sort of coarse paste, which is a little better if I peel the chickpeas first. Adding liquid to the mixture ...
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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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What features should I look for in a hand grinder (for peanut butter)?

I want to make my own peanut butter. I've read of various grinders--both hand-operated and electric. I'm most interested in finding a durable hand-operated peanut butter grinder. I know there are ...
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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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Why buy ground cinnamon instead of cinnamon sticks?

Ground cinnamon is less expensive then cinnamon sticks. I've read that it is also more flavorful. However, cinnamon sticks last a lot longer. Also, ground cinnamon is likely to have mystery ...
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Are there substantial benefits to grinding your own flour?

I've read that most of the nutrients of wheat are stripped for the sake of shelf life. Is this marketing propaganda or is there truth behind it? It was my impression that white flour (even fortified)...
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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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Does a granite pestel need to be re-grooved?

I have a granite Mortar-Pestle, which I use to grind spices and other stuff. I got it 2nd hand and I've been using it for a 3-4 months. I have noticed that the small radial groves on the grinding ...
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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 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 is the way to make a powder of red chilies?

I purchase green chilies and in some days many of them turn red. Can I use my mixer-grinder to grind them into a powder, or is there some other way? Do I have to roast the peppers before grinding? ...
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Which other spices besides cloves will react with plastic?

I am reading that cloves can cloud the plastic in my grinder at Cooking for engineers Does this happen with any other spices?
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Why is my meat grinder getting clogged with sinew?

Last Christmas, I got a meat grinder and I've stared experimenting with sausage making. My previous batches have been around a pound of pork, and I noticed that it seemed to slow down as I went. Today,...
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Keep or remove skin when grinding poultry?

After reading this I made "burgers" with ground chicken thigh. (Didn't have turkey thighs handy.) I have the feeling chicken thighs have plenty of fat, so less likely to dry out than turkey, but it ...
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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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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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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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What kind of coffee grinder is best?

I need to get a coffee grinder. What kind is best? I have heard that burr mills are better; are they worth the extra cost? Which ones last longer? Update: I ended up getting a Hario hand grinder.
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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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Can I make buckwheat flour starting from toasted buckwheat?

My wife asked me to buy "buckwheat" and I did, but she meant buckwheat flour (for making bread) and I got toasted buckwheat instead. I don't want to throw it out if I don't have to. We have a mortar ...
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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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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 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 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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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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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 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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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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Is it normal that my coffee grinder leaves a huge mess all over the counter?

So I have an old blade grinder, which seems to work well enough for me, except in one respect: The coffee grinds fall out of the bottom of the grinder. Now this is a cheapo grinder that I got as a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do I remove small grounds when using a french press?

When I use a french press to brew coffee, there always is some small grounds with the coffee. I have adjust the grinder to make coarse grounds, but this does not help a lot. Can I remove these ...
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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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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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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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Proper grind and measurement for a pour over coffee maker

I've seen different sets of instructions from different sources, and experimentation has had mixed results. Right now I have about a level scoop of coffee for every 4 ounces of coffee and this ...
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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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