|New Spice Grinder|
I've got some kitchen need ideas for Christmas with our 4 children. I'm just waiting for QVC to have the right item at the right deal.
What's a spice grinder ? What everyone uses is really a coffee grinder. However, you don't want to use your coffee grinder to grind herbs and spices too. It will give your coffee a very different taste because it is very hard to clean the grinder well enough to use for coffee again. It is best to have two grinders if you grind your own coffee. Just make sure you keep them straight as to their use. If you don't want to use a grinder with your herbs and spices, there is always a mortar and pestle. This just requires a little more elbow grease.
Why would I want one? When you grind your own herbs and spices just before cooking, it adds so much more flavor to the food. For herbs you want to use dried ones to grind into powder. With spices it takes a little more work (but the results are worth it) as you need to toast the spices first. To do this, take a large saute pan over medium heat and add the spices you want to grind. Heat the spices in the pan for 2 to 3 minutes and then remove to a dish and let cool to room temperature before grinding. Make sure that you have only a single layer of spices in the pan. Also, don't over fill the grinder. Do small batches when grinding.
Enjoy playing with your food and getting that great flavor when you grind your own herbs and spices. Mom won't even yell at you for the playing but thank you for the meal.
Tomorrow is crab cakes for our recipe. Enjoy them and have a great weekend.