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to ask if a small grinder (for pine nuts - to make pesto) actually exists

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SallyJustSally Sat 12-Dec-15 19:27:03

Doesn't seem unreasonable to me, but can't actually find such a thing.

TesticleOfObjectivity Sat 12-Dec-15 19:29:25

I used to use our old coffee bean grinder for grinding spices and that was only quite small. Try googling for one of those.

TempusEedjit Sat 12-Dec-15 19:29:50

Kenwood mini chopper? Coffee bean grinder?

TheSpottedZebra Sat 12-Dec-15 19:31:00

You could use a mini food processor?
You could use a coffee grinder, but pine nuts are so soft and oily that they'd keep on clogging I think.

IvyWall Sat 12-Dec-15 19:31:07

You can use a pestle and mortar
www.jamieshomecookingskills.com/recipe.php?title=classic-basil-pesto

FatalFemme Sat 12-Dec-15 19:31:47

I'm allergic, so this may be a ridiculous suggestion, but would a pepper mill not do the job?

PuntasticUsername Sat 12-Dec-15 19:32:21

I have a fantastic Bamix hand blender that has a mill attachment. It's great for this sort of thing. Not the cheapest blender, but very good and they last forever.

eastwest Sat 12-Dec-15 19:34:31

A pestle and mortar would be perfect. We have a small grinder for coffee beans which would work, but the trouble is it will slice rather than crush and I think you want things crushed for pesto (to better release the oils).

Leelu6 Sat 12-Dec-15 19:35:09

I received this as a gift - the mini spice blender works a treat

www.tesco.com/direct/james-martin-table-blender-zx841/160-6133.prd?skuId=160-6133&pageLevel=sku&sc_cmp=ppc_sh-_-sh-_-tesco-_-160-6133&gclid=CMTt9LKI18kCFQTlwgodKzkCbA&gclsrc=aw.ds

eastwest Sat 12-Dec-15 19:35:23

You can get small china ones (p&m) from Ikea I think.

PreAdvent13610 Sat 12-Dec-15 19:37:07

One of these works. But I usually just use a pestle and mortar.

iWipemyass Sat 12-Dec-15 19:37:33

Have a look for herb grinders.

WowOoo Sat 12-Dec-15 19:39:19

As others have said, you only need a pestle and mortar. It's very satisfying. I watch Tv at the same time.

MouldyPeach Sat 12-Dec-15 19:39:45

Was coming here to suggest a, um, 'herb' grinder too grin

Sgtmajormummy Sat 12-Dec-15 19:47:46

magic bullet was my first idea. I use the mini cup on my Braun multi-use hand blender. The important thing is not to overwork or overheat the pine kernels as their oil needs to be freshly pressed.

^that recipe uses the microwave.shock

Junosmum Sat 12-Dec-15 20:28:28

I just make mega batches of pesto at a time in a regular food processor and then freeze it in food bags in portions. Soooo much better than jar stuff and really easy.

2rebecca Sat 12-Dec-15 21:02:03

I use the coffee grinder that's attached to my kenwood food processor or use a moulinex hand mix and just mix up all the pesto ingredients together

2rebecca Sat 12-Dec-15 21:05:13

hand blender I mean, have just seen a hand mixer is a whisk

Blueprintorange Sat 12-Dec-15 21:08:52

I use a kenwood mini chopper, works really well.

CheesyNachos Sat 12-Dec-15 22:48:11

I have a granite pestle and mortar. smile Love it for crushing garlic also.

minininipie Sat 12-Dec-15 22:50:38

Second bamix. They're great blenders and have a special blade for nuts.

ProvisionallyAnxious Sat 12-Dec-15 23:01:36

When I make pesto I just bung all of the 'dry' ingredients into a mini food processor, then once they're chopped I add the olive oil. Always seems to work quite well. Also works for chopping and changing on ingredients (e.g. using walnuts instead of pine nuts, etc. Walnut chive and lemon pesto!)

honeylulu Sun 13-Dec-15 00:13:03

I've got a Bamix which is awesome for all sorts of things but I make my Pesto in it as provisionally anxious does above - all ingredients together.

catfordbetty Sun 13-Dec-15 00:32:10

I also use the small bowl on my food processor and get good results. Saying that, you could just chop everything finely with a knife - might produce a pleasingly 'rustic' pesto!

Tartyflette Sun 13-Dec-15 00:39:31

Kenwood mini chopper is great for small amounts, and for salsa verde, or the small bowl in my Magimix is good if i've got loads of basil in the garden to use up.

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