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When you grind a food, such as corn or coffee beans, you are condensing it into small pieces or powder, either in a machine or between two hard surfaces.


Difficulty to learn: Easy

Some Thoughts For You:

When a food is ground, such as coffee beans or corn kernels, it can be easily dissolved or mixed with something. In the case of coffee beans, grinding the beans to a powder allows for more flavor to be packed into the final cup of coffee, as well as avoiding any big gritty pieces that could make its way into your coffee. You have several options to grind foods, depending on the food you’re using. Grinding coffee is best in a coffee grinder (a machine), but grinding corn kernels for tortillas is traditionally done using a mortar and pestle. Basically, analyze your ingredients and go from there.

What You Will Need:

As mentioned above, how you will grind your food depends entirely on your food. There are flax mills, spice mills, coffee grinders, a mortar and pestle, a food processor, and even a blender. Poke around online for some user tips if you’re especially concerned, as it’s better to be safe than sorry!

Basic Steps:

These steps are for grinding coffee beans! But, rumor has it that you can grind flax seeds using this method too.

  1. Get either an automatic coffee grinder or a manual grinder. For coffee beans, some people prefer the manual hand grinder, simply because the beans are subjected to less heat from friction, and thus retain more flavor.
  2. Pour your beans in!
  3. Either turn the machine on and use the settings for the fineness you want, or grind away until your hand is sore. Either way, the result is a fine looking pile of ground coffee beans.

Tips For You:

  • Don’t be constrained by the type of grinder you are using! For example, if you don’t mind cross-contamination in your grinder, you can grind flax seeds in a coffee grinder. But try not to go overboard. Larger foods might not grind well in a smaller grinder.

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