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Help! I don't have a spice grinder or a mortar/pestle, and I need to grind some aniseed. Any ideas of how I might do it?

asked by lifestooshort about 6 years ago
11 answers 21955 views
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aargersi

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added about 6 years ago

Hmm - can you put it in a plastic baggie and gently pound it with a meat tenderizer or a small pan? That'll be more crushed than ground but better'n nuttin' ... oh maybe go over it with a rolling pin too

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added about 6 years ago

you can try rolling them with a wine bottle/rolling pin.

or squishing them with a meat pounder.

place them on a rimmed cookie sheet to try and contain them.

Good luck!

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added about 6 years ago

a clean coffee grinder also works

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Greenstuff

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added about 6 years ago

The bottom of a glass will also work if it's not to many of them.

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added about 6 years ago

If more inclined to garage tools that kitchen tools, you could use a hammer instead of a meat tenderizer.

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added about 6 years ago

I wish I can send you one from Kerala India it's less than 3 US $

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added about 6 years ago

Pauljoseph I wish you could too.....they look wonderfully efficient. I want one.

Grinding your aniseed by hand with something heavy while keeping it contained sounds best. Get yourself a grinder though, you won't be sorry.

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added about 6 years ago

If you have a pepper grinder, empty the pepper corns and add the aniseed and set the grinder to the setting you like. You might get some larger pieces, but you can sieve them out. When you're done, grind a broken up soda cracker in the grinder to remove the oils from the aniseed.

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added about 6 years ago

Many thanks, all. I started with the meat tenderizer, moved on to the rolling pin, then the hammer, and finally ended with the pepper grinder--success! After all this I will indeed invest in a spice grinder. And perhaps I'll have to visit Kerala soon to stock up on great kitchen gear :)

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added about 6 years ago

I have a metal one circa 1915 from my grandmother.

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