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How to Grind Spices in Your Coffee Grinder (Without Ruining Tomorrow’s Coffee)

How to Grind Spices in Your Coffee Grinder (Without Ruining Tomorrow’s Coffee)

Brow Beat
Slate's Culture Blog
Aug. 12 2014 8:32 AM

How to Grind Spices in Your Coffee Grinder (Without Ruining Tomorrow’s Coffee)

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When you want freshly ground spices at home—for, say, a batch of channa masala—you have a few options. You can get an electric spice grinder, or buy a second coffee grinder devoted uniquely to turning whole spices into powder. Or, if you have the time and energy, there’s always the tried-and-true mortar and pestle.

But unless you grind spices every day, it probably isn’t worthwhile to invest in special spice-grinding paraphernalia. This doesn’t mean forswearing freshly ground cumin, coriander, cloves, mustard seeds, allspice, and cinnamon, however. You can grind spices in a regular blade coffee grinder without tainting it forever. Here’s how to clean out a coffee grinder so that your curry doesn’t taste like coffee and your coffee doesn’t taste like curry.