How to convert a cinnamon stick to powder

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How to convert a cinnamon stick to powder
Quickly and easily grind a cinnamon stick for your next recipe. (Ingram Publishing/Ingram Publishing/Getty Images)

Cinnamon is a spice that is typically found in baked goods, spiced drinks and many different savoury dishes. Ground cinnamon can be sprinkled in a dish and eaten, while cinnamon sticks are taken out of a dish before it is eaten. If your recipe calls for ground cinnamon and you only have sticks, simply grind them up -- one stick equals roughly 2 ml (1/2 tsp) of cinnamon.

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Things you need

  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Fine grater
  • Plate or bowl
  • Coffee grinder
  • Airtight container

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  1. 1

    Grate the cinnamon stick on a fine grater. Be careful not to cut your fingers when using the device. Certain varieties of cinnamon may be difficult to grate with this method.

  2. 2

    Break the cinnamon stick into smaller pieces -- 1.25 cm (1/2 inch) is a good length. Put the pieces into a coffee grinder.

  3. 3

    Grind the pieces until they are a very fine powder. Measure out the amount of cinnamon you need for the recipe.

  4. 4

    Put the extra powder into an airtight container or plastic zip-top bag. It will last roughly six months.

Tips and warnings

  • A fine grater works well for small amounts of cinnamon. If you need a lot, consider using a grinder, as it goes much quicker.
  • If you grind a lot of cinnamon, think about getting a grinder just for that job.

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