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    So I was trying to grind up some nuts for my latest cooking project.I had to modify the recipe so that I could use my blender. It worked OK.But does anyone know of a cheap burr grinder (even hand cranked) that can grind nuts down very fine?

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    Re: kitchen burr grinders???

    I would guess any of them would do the trick, as I doubt youre wanting them espresso-fine? A Solis 166 / DeLonghi KG100 if you dont mind spending $150 on ground nuts, otherwise a EM0450 would do nicely. Or if space isnt an issue and you want to spend a bit less, grab a Eurolab machine and use the grinder out of that! I understand theyre not adjustable though.

    Really though for nuts, size consistency probably isnt an issue so a blade grinder / blender should do, no?

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    Re: kitchen burr grinders???

    Quote Originally Posted by recurve boy link=1197256911/0#0 date=1197256911
    does anyone know of a cheap burr grinder (even hand cranked) that can grind nuts down very fine?
    :o :o :o

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    Re: kitchen burr grinders???

    Quote Originally Posted by robusto link=1197256911/0#2 date=1197264598
    Quote Originally Posted by recurve boy link=1197256911/0#0 date=1197256911
    does anyone know of a cheap burr grinder (even hand cranked) that can grind nuts down very fine?
    :o :o :o
    i can see your eyes water, Robusto.... ;D ;D

    Recurve Boy, there is a small drum-grinder on the market, generally white with orange plastic accents: it comes with two or three different "plates" for various levels of coarseness/fine-ness and most of them fix like a small vice to the edge of a table, although some have a big suction foot and still some others are purely hand-held.
    the principle is the same though: rotating drum with filler-"chimney", through which you push a fitted "tamper" to press the nuts or cheese against the rotating grinding drum.
    it is marketed as a nut/cheese grinder and as such it is often used for Parmigiano or other hard cheese; you should be able to get it from good Continental delis, the ones which sell European kitchen paraphernalia.

    enjoy your cooking!!

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    Re: kitchen burr grinders???

    Quote Originally Posted by recurve boy link=1197256911/0#0 date=1197256911
    So I was trying to grind up some nuts for my latest cooking project.I had to modify the recipe so that I could use my blender. It worked OK.But does anyone know of a cheap burr grinder (even hand cranked) that can grind nuts down very fine?
    Hey recurve...for my money you should never grind your nuts...it will squeeze all the good oils out of them. (I imagine there are a few here reading this, wincing now)

    Use a nutmeg grater or fine microplane - they cut rather than grind...the latter sells for about $50 but well worth the investment.

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    Re: kitchen burr grinders???

    yep, i agree with Dennis... using a blender or a burr grinder makes a sticky lumpy mess of nuts, cheese or anything else with a high fat content; the only way you can really succesfully reduce nuts in a blender is with added oil, and then it becomes a paste, like in pesto...
    the little grinder i suggested *is actually called a grater... it shaves the nuts/cheese/chocolate into fine particles, ready for marzipan, cheese-butter or chocolate dustings... ;)
    have a look at this one *http://www.everten.com.au/prod945.htm, or Google "nut and cheese grater"... theres heaps of them!

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    Re: kitchen burr grinders???

    Quote Originally Posted by Lizzi link=1197256911/0#5 date=1197280706
    yep, i agree with Dennis... using a blender or a burr grinder makes a sticky lumpy mess of nuts, cheese or anything else with a high fat content; the only way you can really succesfully reduce nuts in a blender is with added oil, and then it becomes a paste, like in pesto...
    the little grinder i suggested *is actually called a grater... it shaves the nuts/cheese/chocolate into fine particles, ready for marzipan, cheese-butter or chocolate dustings... ;)
    have a look at this one *http://www.everten.com.au/prod945.htm, or Google "nut and cheese grater"... theres heaps of them!

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    Oooh. Those things. I know them. Thanks Lizzi!

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    Re: kitchen burr grinders???

    I use one to grate my cheese.
    Its been grate (pun intended) since my big Italian made electric grater passed away from old age.

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    Re: kitchen burr grinders???

    The old bench mounted meat grinders work well. Spong used to make one.

    We used to use one for almonds.

    I would leave the coffeegrinders for coffee.

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    Re: kitchen burr grinders???

    plastic bag and a hammer?

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    Re: kitchen burr grinders???

    roast ya nuts first, until they smell good, but dont burn em, then give em a bash in the old pestle and mortar.



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