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What spices do you like to put in a pepper grinder besides peppercorns?

pagesinthesun Aug 19, 2013 08:38 PM

Do you have a favorite blend? I googled this and read suggestions such as dehydrated garlic, dehydrated onion, red pepper flakes as a mixture. Also, single spice suggestions such as cumin seeds. I have an extra pepper grinder and thought I might be able to put it to good use. Otherwise, it'll make a great gift this coming holiday season.

  1. Chemicalkinetics Aug 19, 2013 09:10 PM

    I don't have any. The reason is that I use a spice (coffee) grinder for grinding my other spices like cumin, coriander seeds, mustard seeds, anise...etc. A hand grinder like pepper grinder offers the ability to grind small amount and to different particle sizes.

    The only other spice which I imagine I can take advantage of the pepper grinder is Szechuan peppercorn, but I rarely use Szechuan peppercorn for cooking.

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    1. re: Chemicalkinetics
      fldhkybnva Aug 20, 2013 02:07 PM

      How do you clean out the grinder between spices?

      1. re: fldhkybnva
        Chemicalkinetics Aug 20, 2013 02:23 PM

        Depends, most of the time I don't care because many of the Indian dishes I make do not hurt to have a touch of other spices.

        If needed, then I will wipe the grinder with a wet papertowel, and then grind some white rice. The ground white rice will pick up some of the residue spices along with it. Then, one more wipe again.

        I

        1. re: fldhkybnva
          mudcat Aug 21, 2013 03:09 AM

          Grind a slice of white bread.

          1. re: mudcat
            boogiebaby Aug 21, 2013 12:45 PM

            This is what I do too. I use a coffee grinder, and after I'm done with the spices, I grind about 1/4 slice of bread. (doesn't have to be white). Just toss the spice covered bread crumbs, or toast them and use them to top something.

            1. re: boogiebaby
              fldhkybnva Aug 21, 2013 01:43 PM

              Great, thanks.

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        hankstramm Aug 19, 2013 10:04 PM

        Actually using other types of spices can ruin the grinding mechanism. Happened to me.

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        1. re: hankstramm
          pagesinthesun Aug 20, 2013 10:01 AM

          It does specifically say "salt will cause corrosion"

          I think I will just be happy with one pepper grinder and use the coffee grinder or m & p for grinding other spices.

          As for the "spare" grinder, it'll make a nice gift!

          1. re: pagesinthesun
            Chemicalkinetics Aug 20, 2013 11:13 AM

            I see. How about use it for a different kind of peppercorn-- if you are into different peppercorns?

            1. re: Chemicalkinetics
              Delucacheesemonger Aug 21, 2013 02:04 PM

              Have four mills for different peppercorns, one l add whole allspice to the peppercorns in a 1 to 3 ratio, great blend.

        2. nokitchen Aug 20, 2013 12:03 PM

          You're asking about a blend to use on the tabletop, right? As opposed to just something else to put in the grinder?

          I tried an Chow-endorsed (http://www.chow.com/videos/show/chow-...) blend of black peppercorns, white peppercorns and allspice. I didn't find it an improvement over regular Tellicherries, and predictably the larger allspice fruits crept to the top of the grinder over time.

          1. LindaWhit Aug 20, 2013 12:42 PM

            I just use 5 different kinds of peppercorns - black, white, pink, green and Jamaican (a.k.a. allspice berries). Crate & Barrel is the first place I bought it, but at $16.95, I prefer to buy the whole peppercorns from Penzey's and make my own blend.

            I use a coffee grinder to grind other whole spices.

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            1. re: LindaWhit
              gmm Aug 21, 2013 03:04 PM

              Trader Joe's carries a similar product labeled Rainbow Peppercorns. I love it, I use it in place of regular black pepper in everything

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                LindaWhit Aug 21, 2013 04:38 PM

                Ahh, but it doesn't include the allspice berries. I like buying the peppercorns from Penzey's so I can create my own blend. Although I see that *they* now have their own 4-peppercorn blend - so perhaps I could just buy the whole allspice and add them ad-hoc.

            2. Veggo Aug 20, 2013 02:14 PM

              Maybe annatto seeds for achiote, but I usually crush them with a heavy spoon which is not perfect but it works.

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                Vinnie Vidimangi Aug 20, 2013 07:10 PM

                Pickling spice mixture, in a dedicated grinder.

                1. John E. Aug 22, 2013 09:26 PM

                  I use an old model Oxo spice grinder (the top has a tendency to pop off while grinding) for toasted cumin seeds. I also use a cheap coffee grinder for spices only.

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