Best device to crush/powder cinnamon bark

I bought cinnamon bark pieces by mistake (don't want to return it). What is the best way to powder the bark? I don't own a food processor. Would a blender work?

Photo of the cinnamon bark:
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IDK, I recently made an Indian recipe that called for broken cinnamon stick, and my husband broke it up with pliers. If you need it finer than that, I'd say give the blender a try.
I bought cinnamon bark pieces by mistake (don't want to return it). What is the best way to powder the bark? I don't own a food processor. Would a blender work?

Photo of the cinnamon bark:
Originally Posted by Windflower

I put stuff in a ziplock and beat it or roll over it with a rolling pin. I don't know if it'll work, you could try it with a small amount.
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Last edited by Speckla; 08-22-2008 at 10:14 PM. Reason: It's late!
Good idea Yoly C! I am going to try this...

Sara,
The pieces are a lot finer than the photo, almost too fine for pliers, but I will remember the plier trick the next time I have sticks. I think I may also try the blender if the rolling pin method doesn't get it fine enough.
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Mortar and pestle?
They're really useful if you ask me.
Don't know if you have a store with Latino products near you, but this works wonders for mashing things up.



It's called a Pilón.
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I would also say mortar and pestle. We use ours a fair bit mainly for indian cooking - crushing cloves and fennel seeds etc..


I am going to look for either a mortar & pestal or the Pilon since I can use it for crushing other spices.

I chewed a bit of the cinnamon and it is so good!

Thanks!

ETA:

Found these at BB&B...I will most likely end up buying one of these since my store choice is very limited.

Should I get stainless steel or marble?
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Last edited by Windflower; 08-22-2008 at 11:04 PM.
Ours looks like that cheapo green marble one and we've used it at least once a week for years. So I'd go with that one.

Another option is a small coffee grinder. We also have one of those for grinding masala. Just make sure to keep it separate from the one you use for grinding coffee!

Like this...


Hmmm....choices choices

Now I thinking about getting the coffee grinder (most likely faster). Although, I will probably get more use out of the cheapie marble mortar and pestle.
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Hmmm....choices choices

Now I thinking about getting the coffee grinder (most likely faster). Although, I will probably get more use out of the cheapie marble mortar and pestle.
Originally Posted by Windflower
The coffee grinder is very useful if you are making a larger batch of spice mix, but if you just want to grind up just enough for one meal, then you'd want to use a mortar and pestle.

I know you cook a lot (allergies and all!) so start with the mortar, but plan on getting a grinder eventually. Both can be cheapies. Your tummy will thank you for all the yummy food.


We use cinnamon in food a lot too (I put it on my cereal most mornings) and we use a mortar and pestle or a coffee grinder as well. I LOVE fresh cinnamon!
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MadS,
Yes, I do cook most of my meals. I will start with the simple M&P as you suggested.

Amneris,
I also love cinnamon, and it was getting too expensive to buy by the jar because I use so much of it. When I saw a good deal from mountain rose herbs (where I buy oils, essential oils, etc.) I quickly added it to my cart.

Cinnamon not only tastes good, but is so good for the body. I like it in oatmeal, sprinkled on apples, cold cereal, in cocoa...just about anything.

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I am definitely going to get that M&P today...will report my results later today.
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I use a Japanese mortar and pestle that I got for a dollar at a yard sale. I didn't realize at the time that I was getting a real bargain.

They have ridges on the mortar which makes it easier to grind things up.

http://www.gourmetsleuth.com/pDetail...13&price=22.95
SuZen,

That set is lovely. Almost too lovely to use. Hmmm...can't wait to go shopping in a few hours.
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Mortar and pestle
Yeah that. I couldn't remember the English name for it.

I'm a dork!
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I have returned with my purchase.

I couldn't decided between the coffee grinder or the M&P. I think I was in BB&B for two hours trying to decide and browsing.

I ended up with the green M&P with ridges. It is...ummm...a good workout to crush the cinnamon.

I am going to M&P enough to fill a small spice jar so I will have a bit on hand for when I am in a rush in the morning.

Thanks for all of the input.
Life shrinks or expands according to one's courage. Anais Nin

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