Seed grinders

  • The seed grinder is a small and relatively inexpensive piece of kitchen equipment that is simple and easy to use. Seed grinders are often sold as coffee mills for grinding coffee beans.
  • It is used for finely grinding small quantities of seeds or other dried foods, where the quantity required would be too little for the blender, or where a finer finish is required.
  • Unlike the blender, a seed grinder is only suitable for dried foods.
  • With a seed grinder your own freshly powdered spices from the whole seeds. Freshly ground pepper from whole peppercorns, ground cumin from whole cumin seeds, mustard powder from whole mustard seeds.
  • A seed grinder can be used for grinding herbs too. Any dried herbs are fine, but you can also grind up fresh herbs like rosemary.
  • Cacao nibs can be ground to make cacao powder.
  • A seed grinder has the following features
  • Typically there is a bowl structure on top of the motor body. The bowl contains a blade spanning its diameter. The ends of the bade are shaped to catch and chop the contents of the bowl when the machine is in operation.
  • In the model shown, a cap slots in over the bowl structure. Once engaged, the cap incorporates a push button to switch the motor on or off. There is only one speed and that is all that is necessary.
  • The motor has sufficient power to convert coffee beans to powder so it will deal with most raw food preparation requirements. Typical power is around 180 Watts. This is sufficient to grind peppercorns or dried papaya seeds.
  • To remove the ground food, switch off the power at the mains socket and disengage the cap. Invert the appliance over a small bowl. Use a small spatula if necessary to remove all the ground food.
  • Not all coffee mills operate in the same way. In some types the coffee beans mysteriously disappear into the mechanism. Such appliances might not be suitable for raw food preparation.
seed grinder (aka coffee mill)

seed grinder (aka coffee mill)

seed grinder (detail showing blades)

seed grinder (detail showing blades)

seed grinder

seed grinder