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10 Ways a Coffee Grinder Does More Than Just Make Fresh Coffee

You’ll Never Guess What Else You Can Do With Your Coffee Grinder!

The aroma of coffee seems so much fuller when you grind your beans at home and then put the fresh grounds into your drip coffeemaker. Home-ground coffee is great, but your handheld grinder can make so much more and it can help with ordinary recipes in your kitchen. Check out these 10 foods that your coffee grinder pulverizes just as well as coffee beans.

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Homemade Spice Blends

Imagine making fresh curry powder from your secret blend of spices you cobbled together from your pantry. Spices are the most aromatic when you grind them at home, just before adding them to your meal.


Ground oats make a healthful flour that blends easily into smoothies, cookies, cakes and baked goods.

Flax Seeds

Flax seeds release their nutrients after you grind them, and ground flax seeds digest better after you pulverize them and add them to your favorite smoothies.


that you pick fresh from your garden or buy from the produce section in your local supermarket. If you have home-grown herbs that you need to dry, grind them up for easier storage in your pantry once all of the water escapes from the plant. Ground herbs last longer in sealed containers, so your work in the yard lasts all the way through colder months.


Buy vanilla beans whole and grind them in your handheld grinder for fresh vanilla to add to your coffee, homemade ice cream and baked goods.

Chili Peppers

Chili peppers taste best when you chop them up. Hang them upside down until they dry out, then give your grinder a whirl and add them to salsa, pico de gallo and other dishes where you need a little heat.


Make your own flour or meal from your favorite whole grains, including wheat, barley, rye and corn.


Breadcrumbs add a layer of texture to casseroles. Make your own from croutons thanks to the sharp blades in your handheld grinder.

Extra-Fine Sugar

Some baking recipes and confections call for extra-fine sugar. Instead of buying some, simply grind the granulated sugar you already have in your pantry.

Chopped Nuts

Chop nuts into finer pieces to add a little flavor to your dishes. A coffee grinder takes the pain out of trying to chop things into fine particles with a knife, and you get more out of your ingredients from a grinder as opposed to a food processor or blender. Check out this [old-fashioned coffee grinder] to see what your mom or grandmother used to have in her kitchen.

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