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Topic: Cleaning an old Turkish grinder (8 msgs / 182 lines)
1) From: Brian Kamnetz
A year or two ago I put in a low bid on eBay and got a PeDe Turkish
grinder in sad shape. I haven't had a use for it so it has just sat.
Now I am thinking of trying to use it. I used to buy powdered jalapeno
from Penzey's, but they discontinued the powdered jalapeno, and now
sell only crushed. I got used to powdered and use it a lot. I tried
putting crushed jalapeno in a blender to try to powder it, but the
results include many  large pieces that don't fit through the holes of
a shaker. I was thinking maybe I could put crushed jalapeno into the
Turkish grinder and grind only what I need for each usage, as I would
black pepper.
Which brings me back to the brass PeDe grinder. As I mentioned, it is
in sad shape. There is lots of green corrosion where the brass pieces
fit together. The burrs have a solid covering of rust, as do other
parts inside the brass housing. I'm wondering how to clean it. Is
there some sort of solution that would dissolve the green corrosion
and also make a dent in the rust? I thought about Dutch Cleanser, but
would be concerned about lingering taste.
Or, is there a better way to finely grind crushed jalapeno? I tried
putting the blender results into a mortar and pestle but that was VERY
slow and even then didn't work very well.
I'm assuming that people on the list may occasionally run into this
problem, so even though I am planning to use the grinder for something
other than coffee initially, it will still be a coffee grinder, and
therefore I didn't mark this post OT.
Thanks for any suggestions for cleaning up this neat old grinder that
has seen better days.
Brian
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2) From: Allon Stern
Get a cheap pepper mill from a dollar store. Worked just fine for  
dried habaneros...
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allon
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3) From: james McDougal
Do you have a "whirly blade" coffee grinder, lying around? I keep  one just
for spices and have never had anything that I couldn't make powder out of.
Mac
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4) From: Brian Kamnetz
Allon,
I had the idea that habaneros were VERY hot, almost toxic. Is that
incorrect? Can you tell me what do you use powdered habaneros for?
Sounds interesting....
I like jalapenos because jalapenos gets only so hot, then it doesn't
matter how much more you add, so you can't really ruin anything with
them.
About buying a cheap pepper grinder.... I've been looking for an
excuse to buy a new Turkish grinder. I have a Zassenhaus Turkish
grinder that was new a year or two ago, but I have never used it, and
I don't want to use that for spices. Maybe I should just give up on
the idea of cleaning this old grinder and start thinking (with glee)
about shopping for a new one....
Which reminds me... I gave my brother in law an old Trosser and was
surprised when it took forever to grind. It turns out that it doesn't
have the flanges around the center post that usually feed the coffee
beans into the burrs. I'm wondering if it was made for a purpose other
than coffee, maybe grinding something that doesn't need to be coaxed
into the burrs as coffee beans apparently do. Anyone have any
insights?
Brian
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5) From: Brian Kamnetz
Mac,
I do have an old whirly blade grinder. Hmmm.... I'm starting to think
that will be my solution, at least in the short term, and if it works
well, might just stick with it.
Brian
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6) From: Tim TenClay
I, personally, wouldn't use a nice grinder for powdering peppers.  Just pick
up a cheap whirly-blade.  It powders dried vegies very well, is easy to
clean, and if you need to, you could have several of them for different
types of spices and not be out the money of a single zass.
Grace and Peace,
  `tim
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7) From: Scott Miller
And don't forget when grinding peppers.. do it outside or in a WELL
ventilated area.
The dust from really hot peppers is powerful and persistent. I use
rubber gloves when handling peppers. Capsaicinoids are not water
soluble, so if you want to get the oils from peppers off your hands,
use an alcohol based solution.
I hope to grow at least 5 or 6 different peppers this year, including
Biker Billy jalapenos... not that's a HOT jalapeno.
cheers,
Scott --> quaffing another cup of FTO Peru... nutty goodness!
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8) From: Sandy Andina
Also not a bad idea to wear a swim mask or safety goggles (I keep a  
pair handy for when I'm chopping onions).  When done, pull your  
(DISPOSABLE!) gloves off by the rolled cuff edge so that they turn  
inside out and your skin never touches the part that came in contact  
with the peppers--and discard them immediately.  Wash well with soap  
and water, dry with a paper towel (then toss it), and follow up with a  
dollop of Purell or rubbing alcohol.
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