5 Things You Can Do With Your Coffee Grinder
5 Things you can do with your coffee grinder that’s not grinding coffee! This little gadget you probably have in your kitchen can do a lot more than grind coffee. You can make flavored sugars, ground spices, flour and more. There are so many coffee grinder uses to try!
- Grind Spices: I’ve done this a few times when I needed a powdered spice or couldn’t find a spice for a recipe. Most recently I ground dried chilies to make different chili powders for my InstantPot Carnitas Recipe. It worked out great. I also used this for mustard seed when I needed powdered mustard. Just put the seeds in, pulse and now you have powdered mustard! It usually makes more than you need so I always put the rest in a small sealable container and save for later (don’t forget to label it!!).
- Create Fine Bakers Sugar: I needed fine bakers sugar for the Macaron Recipe I tried. I really didn’t want to go to the store so I made my own. I just took regular old granulated sugar, pulsed and out came this beautiful fine sugar. It’s almost like powdered sugar but is slightly different and seemed to work fine for the macrons. I will also remember this if I’m ever in a pinch and am out of powdered sugar.
- Grind nuts or make nut flour: My coffee grinder came to the rescue twice for my Macaron Recipe. If you read my post, you know my first attempt ended badly because I purchased almond flour with the shell 🤦🏼♀. Aaanyway, I was frustrated and as I was browsing more tips online, someone mentioned they made their own almond flour…Genius!All I needed was some blanched and shelled almonds and my trusty coffee grinder and I was in business. Worked like a charm and was much less expensive than buying a bag of the stuff.
- Make Lavender Sugar: 1 Cup Sugar, 2 teaspoons lavender buds. Pulse lightly just to break up the buds (otherwise you will get fine lavender sugar). Put in an airtight container, like a mason jar, and let the flavors combine for 1-2 days. Enjoy in your favorite treat like my Lemon Lavender Cupcakes! I also used the grinder to grind dried lavender buds for my Instant Pot Lavender Cheesecake Recipe made in the Instant Pot. You can use any edible flower to make amazing and aromatic sugar.
- Create a luxurious healing oatmeal bath powder: I had to include this although it has nothing to do with cooking. Last summer I got the shingles. Yup. Shingles at 37. Boy did that suck. As per usual, I searched for any remedy to keep the itching and pain at bay. One of the most common things that came up was oatmeal, specifically an oatmeal bath. Well, since I’ve never done that before I was just going to dump some quick oats in and see what happened. Same luck this time, someone mentioned processing the oats to make them finer so they would dissolve. Another genius idea! So, oats went into the coffee grinder, nice fine oatmeal powder came out. I took so many baths I was going to turn into a fish, but let me tell you that s@!$ worked (shingles calls for expletives, sorry)! I definitely felt better and wasn’t as itchy, thank goodness.
CLEANING & SAFETY TIPS
- Always unplug your grinder before cleaning or putting your fingers inside. You can wash with warm water and dish soap and allow it to dry completely before using it again. I use a scrub brush to get in all the nooks and crannies. Do not put in the dishwasher.
Thanks for checking out this post, I hope this gives you the inspiration to make any of the things listed above or even come up with your own use for your coffee grinder. Tag me on Instagram and show me what you make @emilyfabulous_blog. And, sign up for my email list to get even more fun tips and recipes.