Spices create various flavors in our meals. Spices can be fresh, dried or grounded. Grounded spices are a favorite to some because of the special flavors that it emits. Thus, in homes or in factories, the use of a spice grinding mill has been prevalent. These grinding mills for spices are manual or electric devices used to crush whole and hard spices.
Spice Grinders for Home
Although pre-grounded spices are readily available and easier to use, more households opt to ground or make their own because of the fresh flavors and aroma of these newly grounded spices.
Homemakers or mothers ordinarily crush their spices using their hands or manually. The mortar and pestle are the most common spice grinding mill found in most homes. This is convenient to use for small quantities of even dried or wet spices. Hence, households are more inclined to use the mortar and pestle, especially for their everyday cooking needs.
However, manual handheld spice mills are also available in the market. These are the ones with the modern take on spice grinding, such as the handheld metal grinders for salt and pepper. Sometimes they are simpler to use and are mostly available in nearby supermarkets or department stores.
Households have also counted on the use of small machines, such electric blade grounders, or burr mills because of the facility of use. Burr mills are often used as coffee grinders, which are now conveniently used for crushing spices. These grounders are used more if the needed amount of spices are of bigger quantities, especially when preparing for a feast at home.
Commercial Grinders for Factories
For those who produce grounded spices in commercial quantities, there are those who find manual grinders as adequate. These are machines used for a relatively small scale-production of about 100 kilograms per day.
For those who needed better production, powered grinding mills are used. These grinding mills, usually powered by electricity or diesel, can easily ground 25 kilograms per hour.
But, grinding is actually a delicate process for purposes of maintaining the needed quality and flavors of the spices. Commercial grinders have to consider several factors in choosing the equipment for which to ground spices. Each of these factors may considerably affect not only the quality but also the quantity of the produce.
Different spice grinding mill machines are used for different spice textures, such as for coarser or finer consistency. Different mills are also designed for purposes of crushing different spices, i.e. the hard and the still harder ones. Commercial grinders must also consider the differing methods for grinding their spices considering the spices’ moisture content. They must, therefore, take a look on the so-called dry and wet grindings.
Hammer mills are one of the more popular and reliable ones used by commercial grinders. Hammer mills can pulverize all kinds of spices, excepting only those with high oil content. There are various types of hammer spice grinding mills for purposes of production. Commercial grinders can choose from hammer mills that produce small, medium and large quantities of grounded spices.