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    SOLIS KG-100 - ok to grind salt/pepper

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    Hi all - are sea salt crystals in particular and pepper corns too hard for the light conical burrs in the Solis/Delonghi? Thinking of converting this grinder to non coffee kitchen use.

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    DeLonghi KG-100 / Solis 166 Burr Grinder

    Hi Scott,

    I bought that one for my wife years ago specifically for spices. *Works a treat for almost anything.

    I just asked her for feedback from the things she has learnt over the years...

    • Be careful with Star Anise and anything like it with large irregular particle sizes. *They really need to get broken up first in a mortar and pestle or similar.
    • Some items are best done by running them through on a very coarse grind first and then regrinding on a finer setting.
    • It doesnt cope well grinding things that are particularly oily.
    • Run rice through regularly to clean it out (especially with oily substances).
    • Nuts dont work at all due to their high water/oil content.
    • If youre concerned about mixing spice flavours at all, youll want to run some rice through between batches.
    • And be sure to make certain the lid is on when grinding things like corriander seeds. They go everywhere!

    Oh, and to answer your question about sea salt and pepper corns... *the thoughts are that there wont be any issues with pepper at all and only with salt you might want to either just do a coarse grind, or perhaps multi stage grinding for sea salt.

    Hope that helps,
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    Re: SOLIS KG-100 - ok to grind salt/pepper

    Quote Originally Posted by 7C777B607364160 link=1231999925/1#1 date=1232020349
    Run rice through regularly to clean it out (especially with oily substances)

    jamver,

    That is often quoted as a way to clean grinders.... and it works very well at removing residue.... but rice is very hard (far harder than coffee beans or most spices....) There are special cleaning tablets if you wish to clean a valuable grinder - personally I favour disassembly as the best and safest cleaning method for quality grinders.

    So not only does the rice remove the residue.... but the "edge" on the burrs.... drastically shortening their life....

    However with a Solis 166 AKA Delonghi KG100.... it might lead to a merciful early death ::) (although they are a good grinder for plungers)

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    Re: SOLIS KG-100 - ok to grind salt/pepper

    Java,

    The resulting rice flour, mixed with milk and put in the fridge makes a great desert! *So, if its as bad as all that, at least the reward is generally excellent (Spiced Firni/Firnee)

    ps: I have 3 containers of Urnex but had not once considered offering them up to the spice grinder.

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    Re: SOLIS KG-100 - ok to grind salt/pepper

    Thanks Jamva and JavaB - I will commence a full clean and then start using it...it never did grind fine enough for the EM6910 when I got that machine even with the modification to make it grind even finer than factory settings.

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    Re: SOLIS KG-100 - ok to grind salt/pepper

    Id be making sure that the burrs were well cleaned after grinding salt, to prevent corrosion. *They dont put plastic or ceramic burrs in salt grinders for the fun of it. :)

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    Re: SOLIS KG-100 - ok to grind salt/pepper

    Thanks Viviane - plastic in them is probably cost, but ceramic is nice. The Solis has alloy burrs and plastic everything else, so it should be sweet, but I will keep an eye on it. Ground salt and pepper last night and it was amazing - wont be using the m & p again for that.

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