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How to "Dry-Clean" Your Spice Grinder

By Cook's Illustrated Published July 2010

The oils in dried chiles can cling to a spice grinder, even after you’ve wiped it with a brush or cloth. Since most grinders can’t be immersed in water, we developed a method to “dry-clean” ours.

The oils in dried chiles can cling to a spice grinder, even after you’ve wiped it with a brush or cloth. Since most grinders can’t be immersed in water, we developed a method to “dry-clean” ours: Add several tablespoons of raw white rice to the grinder and pulverize to a fine powder. The powder will absorb residue and oils. Discard the powder—and your grinder will be clean. Our winning grinder: Krups Fast-Touch Coffee Mill ($19.95).