The Best Spice Grinder For Our Kitchen
There’s not much we like more than the aroma of freshly ground spices, and to make sure we get to enjoy the extra “oomph” and delightful fragrance of many spices, we grind them ourselves.
While ground spices are available at every grocery store, the stuff in glass jars can’t compare to what you grind yourself. If you want to elevate your cooking to the next level, and haven’t tried grinding your own spices, give it a shot. You’ll be amazed by the difference.
The "Low-Tech" Option
Mortar And Pestle
Some people we know insist on using a mortar and pestle to grind their spices, and, to be fair, it does work pretty well for some spices. However, we’ve come to believe that the main reason they favor this method is because it’s what they saw family members doing at home while they were growing up, and there’s a certain nostalgia in doing it the old-fashioned way, even if it is not particularly efficient. Grinding spices with a mortar and pestle is hard work!
Our Preferred Tool
Electric Coffee/Spice Grinder
Fortunately, our recommended tool for grinding spices is inexpensive and widely available: a compact coffee grinder with stainless steel blades. This small electric device is so easy to use, it typically has only one button. It will quickly become a workhorse in your kitchen.
Why It Is Great
The 200-watt motor quickly grinds spices as finely as you like. You control the consistency of the final product by simply holding the button down as long as you want.
The bowl of the Krups grinder holds up to 3 ounces of coffee beans or spices.
It’s easy to pour the contents out of the bowl thanks to the oval design and raised edge.
We’re not sure if it will last a lifetime, but this Krups machine is a solid piece of equipment that seems likely to provide years of service.
What's Not To Like
- The biggest complaint we’ve seen about this machine is that it’s difficult to clean. We keep a dedicated old toothbrush (you could use a small paintbrush) to dislodge leftover residue from the inside of the bowl, then follow up with a quick wipe with a damp cloth. The clear plastic top goes in the dishwasher!
- There’s nowhere within the machine to store the cord. It is pretty short, so we just bunch it up and let it hang next to the machine on a shelf.
Also Worth Knowing
- After grinding, we suggest tapping the machine gently against the surface it’s sitting on before attempting to pour out your spices. This can be done either right side up, or by turning it upside down first, so that the ground spices end up in the plastic top.
Did You Know
The Krups company is named after Robert Krups, who founded it in Germany in 1846 as a manufacturer of precision industrial scales. The company began producing household appliances in the late 1950s, and produced its first electric coffee grinder in 1961.