Do I Need A Spice Grinder?

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With a spice grinder on hand, you can buy spices whole so they retain their flavor longer, toast them whole if you like then quickly grind them with a couple of pulses of the grinder.  
 
Use a mortar and pestle if you’ve got time and don’t mind the elbow grease; otherwise an inexpensive electric coffee grinder is great for the task.  
 
When you use a coffee grinder to grind spices, remember not to use it to grind coffee or cloves, since the flavors of both will haunt the grinder and taint the flavor of whatever it is you want to grind. 

To clean the grinder and remove the flavor of other spices between uses, try grinding up some chunks of white bread or uncooked rice, which will clean out any traces of previously ground spices before your next use. 

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