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Sep 18, 2007 09:52 AM

A mill for grinding crushed red pepper ??


Can anyone recommend a cost-effective (under $50, but less is more) mill capable of grinding crushed red pepper flakes (i.e. - the flat round flakes typically found in a bottle at a pizza joint)?

I'd be using it mostly in the kitchen, but I can see it going to the table, depending on the meal.

With pepper mill I'm currently using, the flakes typically slide out pretty much intact.

The goal is to have a small mill that I can dedicate to the task.


- Richard

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  1. Is this something to use at the table or in the kitchen? If the latter, I'd just use a coffee grinder - I clean mine out by grinding up some rice after using it for spices.

    5 Replies
    1. re: MMRuth

      For both the kitchen and the table.

      I don't currently have a coffee grinder (I get it milled at Peet's (typically Gaia organic), and use it within a week).

      1. re: MMRuth

        If you have problems with a mill what about using a small mortar and pestle to grind them up then passing a small dish with the pre-ground pepper at the table.

        1. re: MMRuth

          Same here. Just be very careful not to get too close to the dust when you open it after grinding chilies!

          And thanks for the rice tip. I might try that!

          1. re: Kagey

            The rice works very well - with the red pepper flakes, you might have to do it several times though to get the flavor out. Just haven't brought myself to buy a second one for spices only - don't need another piece of equipment in my kitchen!

            1. re: MMRuth

              I can't remember which brand of coffee grinder it is, but one of them has a removable grinding cup so you clean it throughly between uses. Its also nice for pouring your spices or whatever (I'm not a coffee drinker-lol) where you need them. I like the hands free usability, as well as the option to set the # of cups & type of grind so I can end up with very fine powdery stuff or still have a little texture left.
              Okay...I got up & checked- its this one from Hamilton Beach
     (they have a couple different versions/color options)

        2. I grind enough spices in a spare coffee grinder for 6 months. I put the bottle on the table.

          I prefer using dried bread cubes to clean out the work bowl between spices.