How to Make a Nut Grinder

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How to Make a Nut Grinder
Many common kitchen items can easily become nut grinders. (Nuts image by Dusi from

There are likely one or more items in your kitchen you can make a nut grinder out of in the absence of an actual nut grinder. Grinding nuts is tricky because of the oil content. If you are not careful using some methods, you can end up with nut butter instead of the nut meal obtained from proper grinding.

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Things you need

  • Food processor
  • Mortar and pestle
  • Coffee grinder
  • Cloth
  • Rolling pin

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  1. 1

    Make a grinder out of your food processor by outfitting it with the chopping blade. This works well on small quantities of nuts but has the tendency to overprocess the nuts into butter. To avoid overprocessing, work with frozen nuts, chop incrementally or spread each chopping stage on a baking tray and allow a few hours for the nuts to dry between chops.

  2. 2

    Turn your mortar and pestle into a nut grinder. Usually made of marble, a mortar is a small deep bowl and is often used with a pestle for grinding fresh spice seeds and peppercorns. Place a few nuts in the mortar and grind to the desired consistency.

  3. 3

    Make a man-powered nut grinder. Place nuts in a single layer on a clean cloth. Fold the cloth over the nuts at the top and bottom to prevent strays. Pound the nuts with a heavy rolling pin until they are adequately ground. The cloth helps absorb the oils, and the nuts come out pulverised.

Tips and warnings

  • Make a nut grinder out of your coffee grinder. This is possibly the closest substitute for a nut grinder.
  • Handle food processors and grinders with care to avoid cutting yourself on sharp blades.
  • Be sure you have a countertop that will stand up to a beating before attempting to pound nuts with a rolling pin.

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