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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

10 Alternate Uses for a Coffee Grinder

If you've been thinking about investing in a coffee grinder, but don't necessarily want an appliance in your kitchen that only does one thing, then you will want to know about some of these other uses for a coffee grinder.
  1. Spices: a coffee grinder can easily stand in the place of a mortar and pestle when it comes to grinding spices. Easier to use than a mortar and pestle as well.
  2. Powdered Sugar: Use your coffee grinder to make your sugar super fine. You can use it in place of powdered sugar in recipes in a pinch.
  3. Chocolate Flakes: Need smaller chunks of chocolate as a garnish in recipes and don't have any on hand? Use your coffee grinder to grind up your chocolate into smaller chunks to use in place of chocolate flakes.
  4. Bread Crumbs: Use to turn stale bread into bread crumbs for recipes that call for them.
  5. Ground Flaxseeds: The outer hull of flaxseeds is undigestible, so to get the most from your flax seeds grind them up and add them into whatever your want to for a nutritional boost.
  6. Pulp Dried Fruit: this is an addition that is sometimes needed for desserts.
  7. Chopped Seeds & Nuts: Great to sprinkle on top of desserts or in a salad.
  8. Small Amounts of Flour: Have grains that you grind to make flour but only need a small amount? Use your coffee grinder to create small amounts of flour from grains.
  9. Milled Nut Flour: The same concept as making small amounts of flour from grain, you can make small amounts of milled nut flour using your coffee grinder.
  10. Ground Dried Mushrooms: Great way to grind up mushrooms for a soup.
Be careful with flavors that you put through your coffee grinder as some flavors will be hard to wash off completely and they can transfer over to your coffee or other items that are ground in the grinder. Also if you have used your coffee grinder to ground nuts, do not use to grind anything that will be consumed by someone with a nut allergy.

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