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The Midniter
Jul 9, 2001



Dr. Gitmo Moneyson posted:

Good coffee grinders for grinding spices?

This is an excellent spice grinder.

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baquerd
Jul 2, 2007
I'M A FUCKING IDIOT



So, a burr grinder for coffee is highly recommended by most aficionados I've heard from. Why not other spices? Or, alternatively, why is a burr grinder better for coffee but not other spices?

Doom Rooster
Sep 3, 2008


Pillbug

Burr grinders are uniquely great at getting a consistent size of particle. You want this for coffee so that all of the grounds extract in the same amount of time and you don't underextract half, and overextract the other. I'm not sure how fine they can actually get since you usually don't want to grind super fine. They are more expensive than blade grinders, but when you're grinding spices you typically want them ground as finely as possible, so just blitzing them in a blade grinder is great.

Dr. Gitmo Moneyson
Jun 26, 2005

Feels good man.



The Midniter posted:

This is an excellent spice grinder.

How finely does this one grind? I�d like something that can grind really fine.

Flash Gordon Ramsay posted:

The Cuisinart spice grinder is good at grinding spices.

You mean this one?

https://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-SG...t+spice+grinder

The reviews seem a little shaky.

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Flash Gordon Ramsay
Sep 28, 2004



Grimey Drawer

Dr. Gitmo Moneyson posted:

How finely does this one grind? I�d like something that can grind really fine.


You mean this one?

https://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-SG...t+spice+grinder

The reviews seem a little shaky.

That's the one. Been happy with mine, but I've only owned one.

Dr. Gitmo Moneyson
Jun 26, 2005

Feels good man.



Flash Gordon Ramsay posted:

The Cuisinart spice grinder is good at grinding spices.

The Midniter posted:

This [Krups grinder] is an excellent spice grinder.

I googled some reviews and Serious Eats recommends both of these. I think I might go for the Cuisinart one unless there�s some reason I should absolutely consider a fixed-cup model.

Thanks for the recs!


EDIT: Well, maybe not. Business Insider likes this Secura grinder a little bit more than those two, apparently because it performs better and has a chop setting.

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Dr. Gitmo Moneyson
Jun 26, 2005

Feels good man.



I also need a good cheap stock pot. One of those deals that has an inside pot with holes in it to make stock with. Needs to be at least 8 quarts and preferably at least 10, although Amazon doesn�t show too many options above 10 quarts.

Murgos
Oct 21, 2010


Dr. Gitmo Moneyson posted:

I googled some reviews and Serious Eats recommends both of these. I think I might go for the Cuisinart one unless there�s some reason I should absolutely consider a fixed-cup model.

Thanks for the recs!


EDIT: Well, maybe not. Business Insider likes this Secura grinder a little bit more than those two, apparently because it performs better and has a chop setting.

I'd go with the cooking site review where they use these all the time across many different cooks and for long periods of time over business insider where someone freelance wrote a review article for a couple of bucks.

The Krups and Cuisinart grinders have consistently been recommended by CI for maybe a decade, if not more and Kenji was CIs editor for years.

Kaiser Schnitzel
Mar 28, 2006

I want to be like Grace Kelly.

Dr. Gitmo Moneyson posted:

I also need a good cheap stock pot. One of those deals that has an inside pot with holes in it to make stock with. Needs to be at least 8 quarts and preferably at least 10, although Amazon doesn�t show too many options above 10 quarts.
I got mine cheap at a restaurant supply store. Stainless with a big fat aluminum disk in the bottom. I think its like 13 qt and was $30 or something. I dont have a strainer thing but I know they make them for the pot.

totalnewbie
Nov 13, 2005

I was born and raised in China, lived in Japan, and now hold a US passport.

I am wrong in every way, all the damn time.

Ask me about my tattoos.


Scythe posted:

Since you have a Japanese knife anyway, I thought Id mention that I got a hinoki cutting board and surprisingly love it. Still wood, but super light and very forgiving on your knives. It works sort of the opposite of other wood boards: you dont oil it, you wet it thoroughly before each use and let it dry standing up before putting it away. Also, theyre cheap (and end grain doesnt seem to be a Thing).

I ended up ordering one today. Thanks for the recommendation!

VERTiG0
Jul 11, 2001

go move over bro


Is this where we ask about stand mixers? I'm sure it's been done to death here, but I may be the first person to ask about the Kenwood mixers, specifically the KMM021... It's priced slightly higher than a Kitchenaid Artisan here in Canada, and about $100 less than the Kitchenaid Pro 600 while appearing to be more powerful and smaller (it's going to live on the counter and it'd be nice not to have it take up a ton of room). It also has enough attachments available that we might use so that's not a big deal.

We just destroyed a gifted Black & Decker food processor (finally) making a pumpkin loaf, so it's time to get some more power. My wife is getting into baking so for now her requirements are fairly light, but she really wants to bake more breads.

So, does anyone have any experience with Kenwood mixers? I read lots of reviews on them by people who are buying it only to replace their 35 year old Kenwood, or their mom still has one from the 70s that works fine.

The dark horse here is the Bosch Universal which is like $100 more than the Kenwood and appears to kick rear end, but looks like a goddamned 1970s spaceship. I appreciate the whole function over form attitude though, but the look is not exactly wife-approved.

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Submarine Sandpaper
May 27, 2007

ASK ME ABOUT HOW I GHOULISHLY CELEBRATE THE DEATH OF CHILDREN TO TEACH THEIR PARENTS "A LESSON"


what do you do with them? If bread don't cheap out.

SymmetryrtemmyS
Jul 13, 2013



VERTiG0 posted:

Is this where we ask about stand mixers? I'm sure it's been done to death here, but I may be the first person to ask about the Kenwood mixers, specifically the KMM021... It's priced slightly higher than a Kitchenaid Artisan here in Canada, and about $100 less than the Kitchenaid Pro 600 while appearing to be more powerful and smaller (it's going to live on the counter and it'd be nice not to have it take up a ton of room). It also has enough attachments available that we might use so that's not a big deal.

We just destroyed a gifted Black & Decker food processor (finally) making a pumpkin loaf, so it's time to get some more power. My wife is getting into baking so for now her requirements are fairly light, but she really wants to bake more breads.

So, does anyone have any experience with Kenwood mixers? I read lots of reviews on them by people who are buying it only to replace their 35 year old Kenwood, or their mom still has one from the 70s that works fine.

The dark horse here is the Bosch Universal which is like $100 more than the Kenwood and appears to kick rear end, but looks like a goddamned 1970s spaceship. I appreciate the whole function over form attitude though, but the look is not exactly wife-approved.

Ankarsrum.

If you want a stand mixer for baking bread, Ankarsrum. It's the original stand mixer brand, has so much torque it can press oils from seeds, and it's ridiculously good at kneading bread. Amazing build quality too, and easier to use than a kitchenaid or other orbital. Less messy than a Bosch. I have one.

Kreez
Oct 18, 2003



VERTiG0 posted:

Is this where we ask about stand mixers? I'm sure it's been done to death here, but I may be the first person to ask about the Kenwood mixers, specifically the KMM021... It's priced slightly higher than a Kitchenaid Artisan here in Canada, and about $100 less than the Kitchenaid Pro 600 while appearing to be more powerful and smaller (it's going to live on the counter and it'd be nice not to have it take up a ton of room). It also has enough attachments available that we might use so that's not a big deal.

We just destroyed a gifted Black & Decker food processor (finally) making a pumpkin loaf, so it's time to get some more power. My wife is getting into baking so for now her requirements are fairly light, but she really wants to bake more breads.

So, does anyone have any experience with Kenwood mixers? I read lots of reviews on them by people who are buying it only to replace their 35 year old Kenwood, or their mom still has one from the 70s that works fine.

The dark horse here is the Bosch Universal which is like $100 more than the Kenwood and appears to kick rear end, but looks like a goddamned 1970s spaceship. I appreciate the whole function over form attitude though, but the look is not exactly wife-approved.

Look at the Bosch compact. I switched to it from the Bosch Universal and haven't ever regretted it. It's like half the price of the Artisan, much smaller when folded up, and more powerful. Only downside is the meat grinder attachment has been discontinued, if that's important.

You can easily buy the machine as well as parts and stuff in Canada too, which is sometimes a worry with weird brands.
http://healthykitchens.com/aos_onli...4617&ca_id=1083

Happiness Commando
Feb 1, 2002
$$ joy at gunpoint $$



I have the Bosch and I love it.

Jay Carney
Mar 23, 2007

If you do that you will die on the toilet.


Any recs for pizza peels? Like 14-16 inches the amazon choice one looks sorta janky (the aluminum looks like it would easily bend) Hoping to spend less than fifty but could do more.

nwin
Feb 25, 2002

make's u think


Fallen Rib

Jay Carney posted:

Any recs for pizza peels? Like 14-16 inches the amazon choice one looks sorta janky (the aluminum looks like it would easily bend) Hoping to spend less than fifty but could do more.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B...e?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It works for 14" pies. Did you want metal or wood?

Jay Carney
Mar 23, 2007

If you do that you will die on the toilet.


probably metal, every time I've used a wood one it is a bit too thick bc i suck at pizza

nwin
Feb 25, 2002

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Fallen Rib

Jay Carney posted:

probably metal, every time I've used a wood one it is a bit too thick bc i suck at pizza

The Amazon's choice one looks pretty similar to the one I have and it works fine-my handle is slightly longer but that just makes it a pain in the rear end to store. I only use the metal one for removing the pizza or turning it though-I always use the wooden one for launching because it slides a lot easier.

I used to use just a metal one for everything and if you can keep the bottom dry and move it quick enough, it should be fine, but I prefer the wood much more now for launching.

MrYenko
Jun 17, 2012

#2 isn't ALWAYS bad...


The aluminum Amazon choice peel is NOT going to bend. I have one, thing is solid as hell. Wanting wood for slidability is certainly a valid concern though.

plester1
Jul 9, 2004

I am NOT a merry man!

IMO if you're only gonna get one peel, I recommend a wooden one for the same launching reasons. Removing a pizza from the oven can be done easily with tongs and a cutting board or tray, but there's not really an easy substitute for launching a raw pizza into the oven and wooden ones slide easier when floured up.

Doom Rooster
Sep 3, 2008


Pillbug

The amount of flour you have to use to be able to launch from a metal peel is a hard no for me. I tried 3 different ones and they all gave me nothing but trouble. I use a really wet dough though, so a dry one might be less of a pain.

For launching in the inside oven, I use and love: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B...ge?ie=UTF8&th=1

For the big outside oven, I use: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B...e?ie=UTF8&psc=1

The thicker wood is a problem if you are opening and building directly on a counter, and have to pull the pie up and onto the peel. If you can either build on a big cutting board and slide down onto the peel, or if you have a helper who can hold the peel at the edge of the counter, you're golden.

Jay Carney
Mar 23, 2007

If you do that you will die on the toilet.


Thanks for the input everyone, I bought that amazons choice one and may end up buying a wooden one as well, I'll see how launching goes.

I don't even know why I make my own pizza I live in new york there are like six places I can walk to that will make a better pie than me. Tho my gf loves "pizza night" with friends (aka I make a bunch of pizzas while people drink) so hoping the peel results in fewer burns.

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Submarine Sandpaper
May 27, 2007

ASK ME ABOUT HOW I GHOULISHLY CELEBRATE THE DEATH OF CHILDREN TO TEACH THEIR PARENTS "A LESSON"


super peel really is handy for the handoff

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