How to Open a Spice Island Grinder

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Spice Island sells spices, including sea salt, pepper and whole peppercorns, chipotle chiles, cinnamon, rosemary garlic and mesquite seasoning in bottles with a top that includes an adjustable grinder. The spice grinders are designed to go from the kitchen to the dining table. They are adjustable, and can produce spices that are anywhere from fine to coarse. Although the grinders are intended to be disposable, with a little ingenuity, the top can be removed and the bottle reused. The moving parts in the disposable grinder lid are plastic, so they will not last indefinitely. They are not intended for grinding large whole spices, like nutmeg.

Things You'll Need

  • Oven
  • Oven mitt
  • Table knife or flat screwdriver
  • Heat your oven to 250 degrees F. Set the empty spice bottle with grinder top on an ovenproof dish or pan and place it in the oven. Alternately, fill a small microwavable dish with about 1 inch of water and place the empty spice bottle upside down with the grinder lid submerged. Microwave on high for about five minutes.

  • After ten minutes, remove the bottle from the oven using an oven mitt. The glass will be hot.

  • Gently pry the plastic top off the bottle using a table knife or flat screwdriver. Refill the spice bottle. Replace the cap, tapping it lightly on a hard surface to close the seal.

Tips & Warnings

  • Removing the grinder top before softening it with heat is not easy. The outside lip can be pried up and the grinder collar pulled off carefully with a pair of pliers. If it doesn't crack, the top can be reused.

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