Dried chile peppers are stable of Mexican and Southwestern cuisine—and grinding your own chile peppers to create the perfect mole sauce is a good way of getting that authentic taste.
We tried out several top brands of manual grinders for chile peppers before deciding Golden Bell’s 4-piece spice herb grinder did the best job. Here’s why:
What We Liked
• Worked well on large spices and dried peppers.
• Mesh screen filters out stems.
• Smooth grinding, thanks to poly o-ring. This creates less friction.
What Needs Work
• Can get stuck if you overtighten the lid.
• Easy to lose the scraper, which is rather small.
• Paint chipping? This grinder is painted and we see a few reports online of the paint chipping over time—and that may end up in the ground up spices or herbs. We didn’t see this during our short-term testing, however. If this is a concern, you may want to go for an unpainted grinder like the one we recommend next.