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11-02-2006, 11:50 AM
I finally wore out my little coffee grinder....and bought a new one. The new one I was sooooo excited to find (Mr. Coffee brand) that had a removable, washable grinder bowl. Is anyone familiar with this?? I briefly read the instructions, (when I got it home) and was VERY UPSET to read, "Use only coffee beans in this unit, do not grind nuts or seeds." Should I worry about this, is this just a precaution they use to protect their product?? I really want to use it, but I want to get my $$$ worth out of it also.
Just in case I need to take it back, could someone recommend a SMALL FP that will grind nuts in small quantities like a coffee grinder? I would like to have a small FP....but so far can't find one that will actually GRIND like the coffee grinder will. I'll gladly take this one back...even though I did get it on sale for $16!!! Hope to get a reply soon!
11-02-2006, 11:58 AM
Hmmm, I think the one I just bought is a Mr. Coffee one from Target. As a matter of fact when I bought it I put whole almonds in there and it broke. I bought the same one again but only use it to grind flax.
I do have a little food processor but it doesn't work great. They might have them at target.
11-02-2006, 12:09 PM
now have a krups......and it was cheap!!
it works great!!
just ignore, the 'coffee grinds only'
i put everything in mine, including soaked raisens, and plums to puree
and of course nuts.........and more nuts
11-02-2006, 12:16 PM
Is it easy to clean (the krups?)...my last one had a metal bowl that was hard to clean!! I would really like something that will grind alittle more than just dry nuts, ya know??
11-02-2006, 12:32 PM
it replaced the other one i had, forget what brand.......
but no problems with this one
11-02-2006, 12:42 PM
Many Thanks!! :d
11-02-2006, 12:44 PM
I think we sort of have to face it that for a raw foodist, a coffee grinder will be abused, and may need to be replaced more than if we were just using it for coffee.
I try to find one that does not have aluminum in the bowl, that is stainless steel, then I can wipe with a paper towel and vinegar on occasion.
I grind oats in there, or salt, or something neutral to clean it out too. Flax, etc... then I try to use that in a recipe that's compatible with that spice... eg if I ground cinnamon, I'll grind some oats for cookies. If I ground cumin seed, I'll grind some flax for tortilla chips, etc. to clean it out.
I think the almonds are problematic because they are large and jam up between the blades and the side, then burn out the motor.
If you're chopping large nuts like that in a coffee grinder, chop to failry small with a knife on a board first.
11-02-2006, 12:45 PM
Wendi, on the small FP, I haven't found a good one either... I can tell you every Cuisinart one I've bought in the small size has been hideous, so cheaply manufactured, often not lasting even a week. :mad: :mad:
11-03-2006, 09:21 AM
I guess I'll just keep what I have, and hope it lasts...say maybe 6 months and I'll be happy with my purchase. Thanks for your opinion.
11-03-2006, 10:00 AM
it's just the basic krups.......... no problems yet
I have a small, cheap ($40-50) stick blender that has a FP attachment. I abuse the little thing and it just keeps on going. I chop and grind everything in it -- nuts, raisins, dates, carrots, onions -- and it just keeps on going. I like it better than my large, expensive FP.
I also use a cheap Hamilton Beach coffee grinder for flax, to make almond flour, and for salt and it works great. I've had it about 2 years, and no troubles yet. I think it was $30-40.
11-03-2006, 11:25 AM
Interesting. I bought a cheap coffee grinder but haven't had to use it because I discovered that my Magic Bullet could grind what I needed to be ground.
11-03-2006, 12:14 PM
Well, I decided to keep my Mr. Coffee....I love that I can wash the grinder bowl...it actually ground cashews for me and almost turned them into butter before I was done! Not a bad investment! ;)
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