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Cardamom - grinding of
Thu 7-Jul-11
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Possibly an odd Q but I have a recipe I want to make tonight that calls for ground cardamom.  Now I'm highly unlikely to be able to purchase any before I need it and I only have the pods at home and no pestle and mortar so my question is - has anyone ground the seeds by hand without a p+m and how did you do it?  Would crushing with the back of a spoon work do we think or are they way too hard for that?  Having not yet used them in anything I have no idea as to their 'hardness' index or whatever the technical term is!  chef

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You got a coffee grinder?

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wave  Just tried to grind a few seeds with the back of a spoon and it worked quite well.  Suppose it depends what you are making.

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Biscotti!  I'll try that.  Thank you!!  wave

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wave  I would think it may be stronger than the ground stuff, so I would go easy with it.  Good luck!

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Ooh, ok.  Thanks again. welldone big_hug

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wave I would use a large-ish smooth stone from the garden as the pestle.

Good luck, I hope it goes well.  smile

 

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Thu 7-Jul-11
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I can probably find one from my many 'pretty pebbles picked up from the beach' collection.  I have a cat in the garden!!  eeek

Thanks for the idea though - I could maybe team wih a hardwearing bowl and see how it goes.

 

You bunch are stars star I've gone from perplexed to chock-full of suggestions in a few hours - hugs all!

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Thu 7-Jul-11
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One largish flat stone and a large fist sized one and grind the seeds between them.

 

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I often roll seeds with a rolling pin on a chopping board or for nuts I stick them in a bag and bash themcheers

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One of the weekend cook programmes did this last week... Rachel Allen I think; she suggested putting into a bag and bashing with a rolling pin if you do not have a mortar and pestle

Thu 7-Jul-11
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I've tried that with several things - however have you seen the state of my rolling pin now, it's full of dents and not that good for rilling out pastry any more

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Use the end of the rolling pin not the middle whistle

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I did.

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