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BluPlateSpec Jun 6, 2013 05:31 AM

I have a KRUPS coffee grinder that uses a spinning blade. The machine cannot be immersed in water. I once heard something about using stale bread in a cycle to absorb the old residue. Would uncooked rice do the same thing or might it leave its own residue?

  1. kimeats Jun 11, 2013 12:05 PM

    I too use uncooked rice or salt for this. Sometimes I wipe it out with a vinegar/water mixture if the spice I was grinding was a smelly one.

    1. Atomic76 Jun 11, 2013 03:09 AM

      Interesting idea with the rice, but wouldn't that possibly dull the blade too? I've always just used vinegar then wiped it out well with a wet towel.

      1. scubadoo97 Jun 11, 2013 02:56 AM

        Ill suggest instant rice over raw rice. The instant will leave no oils behind. The desiccated rice will absorb the coffee oils as well

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        1. re: scubadoo97
          Eiron Jun 15, 2013 11:43 AM

          +1 on instant ('Minute') rice.

          It's much more friable than uncooked rice, so wear on your blades (or burrs, for any burr grinder) is significantly reduced. Also, it's pre-cooked condition prepares it for absorption (which is why it only takes a 'minute' to cook) & allows it to absorb more oils/odors than uncooked rice.

          Always use instant/'Minute' rice in your coffee (& spice) grinders!!

          :-)

          1. re: Eiron
            scubadoo97 Jun 15, 2013 12:19 PM

            At least it has a purpose.

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          ellabee Jun 8, 2013 10:41 AM

          If you don't want to risk the lid with rice, try grinding some coarse salt, or sugar. Either of those is also good at absorbing oils from previous use (whether coffee or spices). The powdery result wipes out easily -- first with a dry paper towel, then with a damp one, then a final firm wipe to dry, and air-dry before putting the lid back on.

          1. chefj Jun 6, 2013 05:16 PM

            If it is the kind where the plastic Lid fits into the Grinding Cup be careful of the raw Rice. I had a Friend try it with mine and it broke the Lid. Granted it was many years old.

            1. k
              kcshigekawa Jun 6, 2013 04:10 PM

              uncooked white rice works for me, but I do recommend having one for coffee and one for spices.

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                chileheadmike Jun 6, 2013 08:25 AM

                I use kosher salt in mine. Then wipe out with a damp paper towel.

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                  escondido123 Jun 6, 2013 08:09 AM

                  I use a piece of bread without the crust and whir half through, toss it out and then the other half. Works for me every time.

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                    treb Jun 6, 2013 06:15 AM

                    If you're using for both spices and coffee, I'd recommend getting two, they're fairly cheap.

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                    1. re: treb
                      Ruth Lafler Jun 6, 2013 06:30 PM

                      *sigh* I just found out my housemate has been using the grinder I use only for spices (since I don't drink coffee) for coffee.

                      1. re: Ruth Lafler
                        chefj Jun 6, 2013 06:35 PM

                        Luckily that turn of events will not be a big deal. Coffee is not as strong as most spices so a quick wipe should do the trick.

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                          Ruth Lafler Jun 6, 2013 06:47 PM

                          Yeah, I'm just annoyed because (a) I didn't know she was doing it, and (b) when I found out she was I specifically asked her to clean it as soon as she was done, so the plastic wouldn't have time to absorb the oils, and she didn't. Even though I cleaned it, it still smells of coffee, so I'll have to try the white rice trick.

                    2. jpr54_1 Jun 6, 2013 06:09 AM

                      i have used uncooked rice
                      and
                      toothpick to clean out screws in base

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                        litrelord Jun 6, 2013 05:34 AM

                        Uncooked rice is what I use to clean mine after grinding spices, wipes straight off and no-one has yet complained that their coffee tastes slightly like a curry!

                        HTH

                        Nick

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                        1. re: litrelord
                          JonParker Jun 6, 2013 06:38 PM

                          I also used to use uncooked rice. Now I have a Cuisinart model with a removable bowl that goes in the dishwasher. But the rice worked fine.

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