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May 25, 2013 01:48 PM

Recommend me a good electric spice grinder

For gods sakes, something better than "Mr Coffee" coffee grinder! This thing is awful at grinding spices, even though it says it is "great for both coffee and spices." What I'm looking for must be able to efficiently grind a very small quantity of spices since I usually only grind what I'm going to be using for a specific meal. Also it would be great if spices didn't get stuck in the nooks and crannies of the grinder like with Mr Coffee - it should be able to grind all spices to a fine powder

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  1. I have the Cuisinart SG-10 Electric Spice-and-Nut Grinder

    I think it's designed for a bit heavier duty than a typical coffee grinder. But it's basically the same thing. It was inexpensive. I have no complaints.

    If I have a very small quantity of spices, I try to use one of my mortars & pestles (I have a marble set and a steel set) instead of the electric grinder.

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    1. re: drongo

      Seconded. I love this product. Doubles as a miniprep, too -- yesterday I ground some salt and black pepper together, then added rosemary and garlic and olive oil and ground it all together. I wasn't making enough marinade to use the food processor, but the grinder was perfect. Then it disassembled and all the dirty parts went right into the dishwasher. And took no more space than two water glasses.

    2. I have had the Krups coffee grinder and

      now the capresso grinder:

      Both work well for me.

      Cook's Illustrated recommended the Krups coffee grinder as a spice grinder.

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      1. re: Chemicalkinetics

        I also own both of these grinders and they work really well for grinding coffee beans, whole spices, dried mushrooms, dried herbs, vanilla bean pods, whole tea leaves, etc.

        1. re: HillJ

          Ah, I have also used them for grinding whole tea leaves, but never tried them for dried mushrooms. No reason why they won't work.

          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

            Most recently using dried porcini mushrooms. The powder was fantastic in a pasta and egg dish.

        2. re: Chemicalkinetics

          I have the Krups coffee grinder and recommend it highly. It does a great job and is fairly inexpensive, too.

          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

            One more for the Krups. It does a good job with a fine grind, and often only needs a wipe with a damp paper towel to clean. If I've ground things to a powder and the damp towel doesn't work, I just grind some rice and it's clean and fresh smelling. I bought it specifically for spices.

            1. re: DuffyH

              Good point. I must admit that I used to rinse my Krups grinder in running water. Needless to say, it is not water proof and finally gave out. Thus, the reason why I have the Capressco grinder. Lesson learnt. :)

            2. re: Chemicalkinetics

              Another vote for Krups. I've had it for 10 years and it's still going strong.

            3. For small amounts I prefer a mortar and pestle. Efficient and very easy to clean.

              For larger amount I like my 20+ year old Krups coffee/spice grinder. Not sure if the quality and/or styling have changed dramatically since then.

              1. I have a previous iteration of this KitchenAid coffee grinder model, which I use principally for spices, seeds, and such:

                It has a larger capacity cup than most blade coffee grinders, which is handy, but works fine with small amounts. I love that the entire stainless cup/blade lifts off the motor and can go in the dishwasher or be washed by hand, along with the lid, which is very welcome when grinding spices. (Looks like the Cuisinart spice grinder has a similar design, but costs $10 more.) I've used the Krups model recommended in another post, and while it grinds well, you still have to grind raw rice or bread to get all the spice odor and oils (or chile residue) out so it doesn't carry over to whatever you next grind, so while it's $10 less expensive it's more of a pain to use and smaller capacity.

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                1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                  I just wipe it out with a piece of paper towel. It may not get 100 percent of the residue, but for most of what I am doing, it's good enough.

                2. I also endorse the Krups coffee grinder