You need a spice grinder to make fresh spice blends.
I have been posting recipes that need a spice grinder of some sort to make the spice blends for quite a while now so I felt I should share a review of the newest grinder that I have been using.
I gave the gritTEA spice/tea grinder for gifts at Christmas last year and I also bought one for myself. I thought this would be great because it comes with a jar attached with a lid that actually acts as the vessel that catches the ground spice and you can use it for storage. It came with a spice blend for the holidays, which is why I began trying it with spices.
My first thought when I took it out of the box was that it is very well-made! It’s sturdy and it’s even kind of cute!
You can adjust the grinder itself to grind the spices very fine but it takes quite a long time to get a decent amount of spice. It’s a good upper body workout!
I had it on the finest grind, and we timed how long it takes to grind 1/2 cup of loose-leaf black tea and it was 3 minutes! That doesn’t seem like a very long time, but when you’re standing there, turning a crank, it really is! Great for the kids. I ground the leaves twice to see if it would get finer, but there really wasn’t much difference. Spices take a little longer because of their tough hulls.
Because the GritTEA grinds so finely, I’ve seen claims that you can use this grinder to grind black tea and use it as you would green tea matcha! Unfortunately, you do not get as fine a grind as you do traditional Matcha green tea. Because it will still “bloom” in your cup, I don’t think it would be palatable for most, unless you like the grit. Hmm, maybe that ‘s where the name came from?
But for use in baking, soups, smoothies, yogurt, cereal, that type of thing, it’s awesome! You get more health benefits from tea when you ingest the whole leaf! How cool is that? So you can grind all your tea and use it in your recipes. I do not believe there is a product out yet that that is called “Matcha Black Tea ” (I made that up I think!), so now you can make your own!
To add another story, in my great grinding adventure, I was putting everything away, and I accidentally mixed some ground spices with my half cup of ground black tea. So now what do I do?
I l tried it in some Savory Tea Spiced Cheese Puffs! I found this simple recipe in my latest research on South African recipes. You can make it without the tea, then you just have little cheese puffs.
Black Tea Cheese Puffs
These are a cross between muffins and scones. I was a little leary because they contain neither eggs nor added fat, but they actually rose and came out rather beautiful! If you use matcha green tea, you could make these for St. Patrick’s Day! They’d be awesome next to a traditional Corned Beef Dinner!
Makes about 20 small puffs. Best eaten immediately.
Heat oven to 375F.
1 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp ground black tea leaves, or matcha green tea
1 cup grated sharp cheese, I used a Parmesan, Romano and Asiago Mix
1/2 tsp ground mustard
1/4 tsp cayenne or black pepper
1 cup milk
Grease mini muffin pan.
Mix all in dry ingredients in a bowl. Stir in milk gently. Don’t over mix. Divide into muffin cups evenly.
Bake at 375F for 10-15 minutes.
Serve with butter and/or jam. Great with soup!
You could mix in 1 tbsp of dry parsley flakes, or chives for more flavor.
Overall, I think this is a handy dandy grinder and clean up is quick. I just rinsed it quickly with hot water and let it air dry. It is perfect for a small amount of spices to make when you’re making curries or salad dressing mixes. You can be assured of always having fresh aromatic spices all the time!
If you own a GritTEA, I’ve love to hear what you think of it! Please leave me a comment.