I'm curious when people grind spices, do you use a electric grinder, or do you use a Mortar and Pestle?
Websturaunt is where I'm buying most of my gear, and the electric grinders are over 100$, but I see some "coffee grinders" for decently cheap on Amazon. I've seen a few people mention these work just as good, but I'm curious if anyone disagrees with that?
Then I see some M/Ps on the site http://www.webstaurantstore.com/search/mortar-and-pestle.html
They are either Granite or Marble. I'm curious which Stone I should go with, if this is the better route.
It seems that the Electric Grinder is usually recommended over the M/P, but in reality I'm not 100% sure how much I will be using it.
The first recipe I looked at in this cookbook calls for Schian/Schzuan Peppercorns, and I need to grind them. The other ingredients I need might already be in powder form, so not sure how much I will be using the peppercorns, or other ingredients that I get whole, such as "Star Anise."
I'm curious if you can smash garlic in a M/P? This recipe asks for "smashed" garlic (another asked for minced).