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What's New in Your Pantry? A nut grinder!

Nut grinder.

From Mary, in Boston:

Since having to switch to a gluten- and dairy-free diet a few years ago, I've added a nut grinder to my pantry. It's indispensable for gluten-free baking with nut flours and for making cashew "parmesan cheese".

[Lydia's notes] Do you have a nut (and/or spice) grinder in your pantry? I do, but not a nifty dedicated one like this one. I used to use my food processor for grinding nuts, and an old coffee grinder for pulverizing spices. Now I'm tempted to add a small grinder like this one to my pantry. Do you have a separate grinder for nuts and/or spices?

How to make vegan parmesan cheese, from Minimalist Baker
Make your own almond flour, from Pastry Pal
A guide to working with gluten-free flours, from Gluten-Free Girl
Cashew meal: tips for using this gluten-free nut flour, from The Kitchn

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  1. Find something in your pantry, fridge or freezer, cupboards, or kitchen that wasn't there 10 years ago. Maybe it's a spice or condiment you use now that you didn't know existed back then. Maybe it's a new version of something you've always had (a different brand of soy sauce or olive oil?). Or, maybe it's a tool or utensil that's essential to the way you cook today. Maybe it's something you discovered here on The Perfect Pantry! If you haven't had your own kitchen for 10 years, find something you have now that you didn't have a year ago.
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I haven't seen this before -- how good to have a chamber that holds enough! I get by with the repurposed coffee grinder, which holds about 1/4+ then listen to know when to stop. I also have a small grinder that came with my immersion blender that holds a bit more. Maybe I don't need it often enough to justify another kitchen device -- or do I?

I don't have this gadget, but I'm intrigued!

I have this exact grinder! I love it. Use it all of the time. I grind up chicory root and add it to my espresso coffee drinks, among other uses :-)

I have a second coffee grinder that I use only for grinding spices.

Last week, I made a gluten-free apple crisp with almond meal that I ground in my mini food processor. It worked great.

I don't have a nut grinder. I do have a coffee grinder that I use for grinding whole spices. For nuts I prefer to chop, and for that task I want to get a wooden bowl and a meza luna. Unfortunately I have two family members with nut allergies, so I don't use nuts very much in cooking.

I have a Braun coffee grinder in black for coffee beans and a second grinder in white I use for grinding spices. I use my Vitamix blender dry container for grinding nuts into flower and wet container for processing nuts into milk. I will sometimes use my Cuisinart food processer or Cuisinart immersion blender with chopper attachment to process nuts.

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