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Aug 19, 2013 08:38 PM

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

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.

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  1. 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

      How do you clean out the grinder between spices?

      1. re: fldhkybnva

        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.


          1. re: mudcat

            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.

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

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        1. re: hankstramm

          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

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

            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

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

        2. 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 ( 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. 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

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

              1. re: gmm

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