Burr Grinder vs Normal Grinders for Spices:

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  1. paxi

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    Hi! Just curious is there any difference between grinding your spices in a burr grinder vs a normal grinder? I'm thinking of experimenting with curries and was contemplating whether to get a burr grinder for grinding the spices. Would a normal blade grinder work equally well?

    I've heard that due to the heat generated in a normal blade grinder the taste of the spices is affected, since they loose essential oils during the whole process.
     
  2. alaminute

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    I used to work on the tandoor at an Indian spot and we did all our spices in coffee grinders. Curry spice like cardamom, and anise will put a big hurt on any grinder and we played around with a bunch of different ones. Everything can handle easy ones like fenugreek, coriander, and cumin but once you get into really woody spice they all burn out. Better to go with a cheap coffee grinder. Although an immersion blender is super useful for blending your curries.
     
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  3. paxi

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    By a coffee grinder do you mean "A Burr Grinder"  :)   
     
  4. alaminute

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    So burr is a company that makes many different blenders, grinders and immersion blenders. I've never used their brand of coffee grinder but it has great reviews.
     
  5. grande

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    I thought the OP was referring to whether the grinder used blades (like a home coffee grinder) or burrs (like a pro espresso grinder)?