Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

October 24, 2021
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Bump and grind

Change of pace

If you've noticed the difference in taste between fresh-ground black pepper and the pre-ground powdered kind, just imagine the difference fresh grinding would make to your spices. Kuhn Rikon make it easy with their VASE SPICE GRINDER. The ceramic crush-grind mechanism is on top of the grinder, so your countertop stays clean when you set it down. But the real advantage is that it has three interchangeable inserts for spices, so you can use up to three varieties in a single meal's preparation. Adjustable from fine to coarse; available in four colours. US$29 at

Plug it in

A lot of people will use their coffee grinder to tackle spices, but results can be hit and miss. Cuisinart's SPICE AND NUT GRINDER has blades designed to crack tough nuts and small seed. And unlike most coffee grinders, the stainless steel bowl can be removed to be cleaned thoroughly. A must — unless you like your morning java with a touch of chili. $46 at

Ready for a beating

Ceramic or wooden mortar-and-pestle sets are ill suited for dry spices: they aren't heavy enough to crush the seeds and they are too smooth, so the spices tend to just get pushed around or even go flying all over the counter. Instead, try taking your frustrations out by hammering your spices to a fine powder with the low-tech CAST-IRON PESTLE AND MORTAR from Typhoon. This classical beauty has a rough finish to keep the spices in place and, with a little elbow grease, enough heft to do the job. US$38 at

They're grate!

Not all spices need to be crushed and ground to be used. Hard spices like nutmeg are best grated. Microplane, the people behind those incredibly fine zesters, have a zippy little PREMIUM SPICE GRATER. It can also be used on cinnamon, nuts, ginger and dried chilis. Available in red or black. $14.

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