Repurpose Inexpensive Grinders For Custom Blends

We've been noticing a new trend at the grocery stores lately. Since it's winter and our farmer's markets are all but non-existent, we've been doing most our shopping at local chain grocers. We can't help but scout out the $1 section and keep coming across these grinders — for just a buck!

Now to buy a grinder (empty and without any spices) at your local kitchen store, you'll be looking at $5-$15 (or more), so finding these $1 versions is pretty neat. Even if we don't know the quality of the spices inside, for $1 we're pretty sure we're ok with tossing them (or putting them to use depending on what's inside), to put their sweet packaging to use.

Each grinder has a removable and screw-off top, allowing us to refill it with customized spice blends we use often in the kitchen. Yes, we have a spice grinder and sure, we could use it each time we wanted some freshly ground spices, but when we've got a skillet of something cooking on the stove, it's often easier to just twist and grind (which sounds remarkably dirty), when it seems to be lacking something flavor wise.

This mix is perfect for toast, with larger sugar crystals and the tail ends of our holiday cinnamon sticks, but the possibilities are literally endless. For a bit of extra class, try removing the label... we just haven't gotten around to it yet.

What combinations would you mix up? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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(Image: Sarah Rae Trover)