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Dec 22, 2010 04:30 PM

what spices

my brother wants whole spices for xmas that he can grind up in his spice grinder. what are some interesting things to get him? he loves to grill and spicy marinades.

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  1. cumin seeds
    fennel seeds

    1. plus:
      juniper berries
      black pepper corns

      and for extra measure:
      dried ginger
      whole, dried chili peppers such as ancho

        1. re: mariacarmen

          Maria got mine!

          kao guo, cassia, nutmeg, and cinnamon are more typically grated than ground. Grinding pepper in a spice grinder gets a different result from a pepper grinder.

        2. star anise
          mustard seed
          fenugreek seeds

          1. Second the cumin idea, because it's used in such a wide variety of cuisines. Also, try some whole dried chiles. I grind those in my spice grinder, and they're wonderful in rubs and marinades.