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Jun 6, 2013 05:31 AM

Cleaning a coffee grinder?

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?

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  1. 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!



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    1. re: litrelord

      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.

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

      1. 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

          *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

            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.

            1. re: chefj

              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. 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.

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