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Spice Grinder Cleaning?

Xanthippe Mar 16, 2007 06:53 PM

My electric mini coffee grinder, which I use solely to grind spices, is beginning to impart the smell/taste of fresh-ground allspice to whatever I "feed" it. How can I clean the darn thing when I can't immerse it in water? I tried grinding some bread to absorb the allspice -- but to no avail. What now??

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    Jimmy Buffet RE: Xanthippe Mar 16, 2007 07:46 PM

    Try some uncooked rice...

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      Paul Maipork RE: Xanthippe Mar 16, 2007 08:10 PM

      Yep- uncooked rice

      1. coastie RE: Xanthippe Mar 16, 2007 08:15 PM

        I use a piece of bread - same idea as rice. I like the bread better, its slight moisture seems to pull spice powder and oils out of cracks

        1. Xanthippe RE: Xanthippe Mar 16, 2007 10:01 PM

          Thanks, all. I'll have a go with another piece of bread, then move on to rice if the allspice remains too strong.

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            cabbage3 RE: Xanthippe Mar 17, 2007 12:01 PM

            Hah if worst comes to worst put one of those odor balls in there - don't grind the ball! Just let it sit there. These balls work for lots of things other than shoes.

            I have the same problem you have. I'll want to grind some jeera, but it always smells strongly methee. (It's my mom's old spice grinder, and we grind Indian spices - I'm Indian).

            Those are honestly hard to clean. I think I might have seen some medium quality grinders where the top chamber actually comes out and I'd like to clean that; however, I still want to use a high quality grinder.

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              Paul Maipork RE: Xanthippe Mar 17, 2007 03:29 PM

              You did use stale bread right?

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                jcanncuk RE: Xanthippe Mar 17, 2007 07:26 PM

                Why not put some baking soda in there for a few days and then brush it out? It should absorb all the odor.

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                  soupkitten RE: Xanthippe Mar 18, 2007 12:12 AM

                  use some coarse sea salt by itself or with your rice or bread. it will help with absorbing any oily spices such as allspice. you can even reuse the salt it in apropriate tasting dishes.

                  1. Xanthippe RE: Xanthippe Mar 19, 2007 01:21 PM

                    Coarse sea salt, baking soda -- more great ideas. Thanks, folks!

                    And to Paul Maipork, yes, the bread (biscuit, actually) was stale.

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