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Old 09-12-2010, 12:34 PM
SKB Female SKB is offline
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Default Using the blender to grind coffee beans and....

Awhile back I bought a coffee grinder from the thrift shop and bought some whole beans to use. The grinder was ok, not great, so I gave it back to the thrift shop. Still had some beans left.

I thought I'd read that you can't grind coffee beans in a blender, but an online search proved that to be false. I tried it, and it works beautifully. I did small batches using the ice crusher button.

I also learned that you can use canning jars with some blenders. I inherited an Oster, and apparently that is one that will accept the jars. All I have right now are wide mouth jars, but I plan on trying the regular size to grind the coffee. How handy that would be.

A hand operated coffee grinder is still a necessity, but until then, the blender does a fine job.
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Old 09-16-2010, 12:29 AM
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SKB around here we call that hillbillie ingenuity. Just goes to prove how resourceful one can be when the need arises.

Have a great day!

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Old 10-09-2010, 11:45 AM
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I have a gadget called a Super Chopper,I use that for things like grinding coffee,and have a seperate bowl and blade set for chopping ingredients for making homemade laundry works good for wheat too,but not in amounts big enough to bake with,would take an hour to get enough ground into flour to bake anything.....yeah it's electric,but it's a multi room in my kitchen for items that aren't able to multi task.....
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Old 10-11-2010, 05:00 PM
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Around here we use multiple electric coffee grinders. One dedicated to coffee, and one for dehydrated tomatoes, and another for spices and sterilized egg shells.

We find that shaking the entire machine with two hands while grinding gets the job done much better and finishing the grind upside down, so the contents do not stick in the blade area and become dificult to get out of the machine. I prefer keeping the extra grinders to minimize the need for spotless clean up between products, and using the smaller grinders leaves less product residue/spillage than the blender(s).

I have a good hand grinder, which I rarely use, mostly due to the cleaning time required between products and it is large enough to clutter the space up when set up for use. Good to have handy when the power is out, so kept on hand in a bottom cabinet at the back.
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Default Will it blend

With the right blender you can chop just about anything.

Will it blend?

Use less, lose less, weigh the benefits, count the costs.
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Old 12-22-2010, 12:47 AM
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Originally Posted by SKB View Post
I also learned that you can use canning jars with some blenders. I inherited an Oster, and apparently that is one that will accept the jars. All I have right now are wide mouth jars, but I plan on trying the regular size to grind the coffee. How handy that would be.
WOW. I was getting ready to buy some special containers made by Oster in the 70s called, Blend N Store aka mini-blend. (ebay) The blender base with blades screws onto them. You blend and then put a lid on that comes with them. I was just looking at them last night. Now I see this post and rushed to the kitchen. I have an Oster kitchen Center and it takes the standard Oster blender unit and I also have some regular mouth jars. Fits like a charm. Thanks

Most likely won't be using quart jars but that's what was handy. Will definitely be using some half pint jars. One thing to note though. The mini-blend/blend n seal jars are made from polycarbonate aka Lexan which is an unbreakable plastic. I'll be wrapping a towel around any canning jar I use on the blender. I'll have to get some Ball or Kerr jars too because they're thicker than the golden harvest I usually use. Don't need any flying glass coming at me.
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Old 01-02-2011, 01:24 PM
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Default grinding coffee

While clearing out my Mother's house I found her electric coffee grinder. It
s small and works great. I actually took it to grind up pepper corns then started buying 8 O'clock coffed in the bags to grind.
None of my other blendes worked as well.
Having once been downwind of a plate of biscuits and squirrel gravy does not make you Daniel Boone. KD Williams
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Old 01-02-2011, 07:52 PM
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hey thanks for the info. I still have an Oster, have to try that out with the quart jar.
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