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How to grind large quantity of rock salt

JD in Nashville Jun 7, 2011 09:48 AM

Hello - I had previously obtained a 20 pound bag of very coarse Himalayan salt for a ridiculously low price. I am wanting to grind it and give some of it away as gifts. Not everyone has a salt mill so I did not want to give them the coarse salt. Any recommendations on a particular mill or way to grind such a large quantity of salt? I think using a mortar and pestle would be too labor-intensive as well as using a small salt mill.
Thanks for any feedback - JD

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    grant.cook Jun 7, 2011 09:54 AM

    Hmmm.. coffee grinder, or could you just throw it in the food processor, a pound at a time, for a while, that should do it..

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    1. re: grant.cook
      JD in Nashville Jun 7, 2011 10:14 AM

      I thought about that - probably the best option as long as I am diligent to clean the equipment ASAP to avoid corrosion.
      Thanks, JD

      1. re: grant.cook
        escondido123 Jun 7, 2011 01:48 PM

        I vote for the food processor, you should be done pretty quick. Just throw it in the dishwasher when you're done, not much chance of corrosion anyway.

      2. BiscuitBoy Jun 7, 2011 10:45 AM

        do YOU have a salt mill? Chuck that rascal onto a drill/driver and grind away. I use this alton brown method often to grind large quantities of black pepper...works like a charm. Food processor would be the absolute quickest, tho you'd have to watch it closely so as not to make himalayan salt powder

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          JD in Nashville Jun 7, 2011 10:59 AM

          That sounds like a great idea. Unfortunately, I only have a small Kyocera grinder that does not have the means to attach a drill. Any recommendations on a particular mill?

          1. re: JD in Nashville
            BiscuitBoy Jun 7, 2011 11:41 AM

            ah, I see...I just saw a photo of the kyocera. For the drill trick to work, a grinder with an axial mechanism, like a firth or a peugeot would be needed. Looks like its hello food processor!

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          cutipie721 Jun 7, 2011 11:30 AM

          I have no idea how it looks.

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            JD in Nashville Jun 7, 2011 05:31 PM

            Thanks for all the suggestions. I will start with the food processor and see how that works before I invest in a mill. Much appreciated, JD

            1. cowboyardee Jun 7, 2011 05:59 PM

              I guess my preferred method, using what you're likely to have, would be a food processor, though I suspect you're gonna put some serious wear and tear on the blades doing that.

              The other option I would suggest looking into is seeing how cheaply you can buy salt mills in bulk. A restaurant supply store might have a decent deal - theyre not necessarily very expensive. Then you could give the salt away in the salt mills as a rather nicely packaged present.

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              1. re: cowboyardee
                jeanmarieok Jun 7, 2011 06:06 PM

                That's a great idea! Wish I had thought of it myself!

                1. re: cowboyardee
                  Bada Bing Jun 8, 2011 05:38 AM

                  I agree that grinding twenty pounds of rock salt is going to have you looking at replacement blades for the food processor, and possibly a scuffed work bowl, too. For a job like this, I'd consider getting a new, suitable mill and using the drill approach. That really "rocks" (ahem).

                  The bulk salt mills idea is also cool, but it's hard to imagine that gift-worthy mills could be that cheap. Maybe if you were only intending to give away a few gifts from your 20lb of salt?

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