61Imf1bDQTL._SL1500_Usually when people hear the phrase coffee grinders, they think of grinding coffee. No brainer, right? After all, that’s the primary reason why these kitchen appliances exist to help you grind your own coffee. By grinding your own coffee, you can experiment with different blends of coffee from all parts of the world. You can save a lot of money grinding your own specialty blend instead of buying from Starbucks or your corner neighborhood coffee shop. With that said, coffee grinders bring a lot more to the table than just their ability to grind coffee beans efficiently and effectively. You can use coffee grinders to  grind all sorts of ingredients. As long as they’re small, and they’re tough, you can use coffee grinders to get them down to a fine enough consistency where you can use these ingredients. Here are three non-coffee grinding uses for your coffee grinder.

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Grinding spices

If you like Indian food, and if you like to formulate your own spice blends, you can grind up lots of spices using coffee grinders. All you need to do is make sure that you mix the right spice in the right portions and give the grinding head enough space to work its magic. You can grind all sorts of spice combinations. This is also especially helpful when you are grinding spices for baking purposes. A lot of baked goods taste really good with cinnamon. However, if you add a little nutmeg or even mace, you can come up with all sorts of flavor blends that truly make your pastries and desserts come to life. If you’re baking specialty breads, different spices go round up through coffee grinders can really unlock their full flavor potential.

coffee grinder reviewsGrinding nuts

If you are vegetarian or a vegan, you can make your own vegetarian cheeses through ground nuts. Using coffee grinders, you can grind cashews to a fine consistency. You, then, soak them overnight. Once they have absorbed enough liquid, you can drain them and then run them through a food processor. By using coffee grinders to grind cashews, you ensure a high level of water absorption. The more water a cashew absorbs, the creamier the cashew becomes. Once you drain enough moisture from these soaked ground cashews, you can create all sorts of fine vegetarian cheeses. You just need to add a little lemon and salt to round out the cheese flavor. Nut-based cheeses are superior to real dairy based cheese because they don’t contain high levels of  bad fats and harmful cholesterol. The secret to the best nut cheeses is to run the cashew through a coffee grinder first.

Grinding seeds

If you’re looking to boost the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet or increase your intake of DHA, you should look into using coffee grinders to grind your own flaxseed. Unfortunately, when you go to your nearby health store, flaxseed come in a raw form. If you just eat flaxseed in its natural raw form, you’re not going to enjoy much of its benefits. Why? It hasn’t been ground down. Its oils are still stuck within the seed jacket or seed coating. To fully unlock the nutritional components and value of flaxseeds, you need to run them through coffee grinders. In ground form, the digestive system can extract maximum value from flaxseeds and other high-value  dietary seeds. These seeds are also great if you’re looking to lose weight. They pack enough fiber that you feel fuller for a longer period of time. Consequently, your stomach sends less hunger signals to your brain, and you tend to eat less. When you eat less, you reduce your calorie intake, and you increase the amount of stored fat your body burns. Eventually, you lose weight.

Keep the three non-coffee grinding uses above in mind when considering coffee grinders. Coffee grinders are very flexible pieces of kitchen equipment. Even if you don’t enjoy drinking coffee, there are many uses for coffee grinders that can help you save time effort and energy in your cooking activities.