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How to Convert Whole Spices to Ground Measurements

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Have you ever thrown a bunch of whole spices into the spice grinder, hoping you get close to the amount you need, and then you’re stuck with a whole lot of ground cardamom that you would rather not have sitting around, waiting for its next use? Let’s not do that anymore.

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Here’s the guide to measurements of whole spices to powdered. Bookmark it, print it out, keep it close.

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Allspice: 1 teaspoon allspice berries = 1 teaspoon ground allspice

Black pepper: 1 teaspoon peppercorns = 1 1/2 teaspoons ground pepper

Cardamom: Approximately 12 pods, dehusked = 1 teaspoon ground cardamom

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Cinnamon: One 1 1/2-inch (4-centimeter) stick = 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon powder

Coriander: 1 teaspoon coriander seeds = 1 1 /4 teaspoons ground coriander

Cumin: 1 teaspoon cumin seeds = 11/4 teaspoons ground cumin

Fennel: 1 teaspoon fennel seeds = 11/4 teaspoon ground fennel

Nutmeg: 1/2 nutmeg = 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Mustard seeds: 1 teaspoon mustard seeds = 11/2 tsp ground mustard

Then, get cooking (and drinking):

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