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Manual Spice Grinders

We tested six spice grinders by grinding measured amounts of cumin seeds at the finest and coarsest settings and then grinding a teaspoon of dried rosemary needles into a fine powder.

What You Need To Know

Although we appreciate the convenience of preground spices, their flavor and aroma are more potent when you grind them fresh. But our favorite electric grinder, from Krups, can feel oversized for grinding just a teaspoon or two. Are manual spice grinders the answer to quick, small-batch ground spices? To find out, we purchased six models (priced from $8.48 to $24.22), hopeful that w...