Why should you buy store bought herbs when growing them and drying them at home is much more economical? Growing and drying the herbs are a great way to have delicious seasonings all year. An herb grinder is a very handy kitchen gadget that makes grinding dried herbs so much easier. Whenever you purchase a new herb grinder, it is vital that you clean it before you use it, as the materials that are left within the grinder can or could be dangerous when mixed with your herbs. After the first time cleaning, it is vital that you clean it when the grinder becomes hard to turn or the screen becomes clogged. Whenever this happens, there are 4 different ways that you can clean out your herb grinder.
Use a toothbrush
Take the grinder apart and shake off the plant matter into a paper towel. Then gently use a soft bristled toothbrush to brush out anything that may be left within the screen or in the grooves of the grinder. Then take a q-tip that has been dipped in alcohol and use it to remove anything that has been caked on. Rinse all the pieces under warm water and let it air dry.
Using the Freezer
Whenever there is a whole lot of buildup on the grinder, take the grinder apart and put the pieces in the freezer for an hour. This will freeze the plant matter which should make it easy to remove. Once you have removed the grinder from the freezer, just tap the pieces onto a paper towel. The buildup should simply just fall off.
Using household cleaners
Cleaning a grinder that gets a lot of use, is easiest to clean after you soak it overnight. Using a household cleaner that you would use to clean your kitchen counters will work quite well. Take the grinder apart and place the pieces into a bowl and fill it about half full with water and the cleaning solution. Let the grinder soak in the mixture overnight. The next day, simply rinse all of the pieces under warm water and let them air dry before you put them back together.
Using boiling water
You should boil some water using a kettle or pot. Take the grinder apart and place them into a bowl that will be safe for boiling water. Pour the boiling water in to the container. Use a wooden or plastic spoon to stir the pieces occasionally. After the water has cooled, and most of the residue is off of the grinder, remove the pieces and rinse them under warm water and if needed scrub them with a soft-bristled tooth brush. Then let it air dry before you reassemble it.
These are the best ways to clean your herb grinder without damaging it with scraping tools or harsh chemicals.