I still have vivid memories of being a little girl sitting on my grandmother’s knee and inhaling mouth-watering smells of our kitchen. These smells had been a constant throughout my life and the lives of my ancestors. A particular memory that remains etched in my mind is her using a stone mill to grind spices. She used to tell me, “When you work hard, you are greatly rewarded for your labors. Look at these spices, for example, even though it takes a lot of work to grind, they’ll make our food taste magnificent”. At the time, I had no clue about what she was doing or meant but I did know that these spices made our food taste delicious.
Fast forward to 2005, to when I have moved to the United States with my family. Food was the love of my life, but whatever I did my food was lacking in taste and uniquely distinct to what I remembered from home. This problem was perpetually nagging me, so I began to research to find out what had happened. I finally figured out that the culprit was modern spice grinding processes.
In the modern high paced world, spices are ground using metal blades in mass quantities. The metal blades generate and conduct heat which cooks the oils within the spices. The absence of these oils fundamentally alters the taste of these spices, but more importantly, it massively hinders their health benefits. After grinding my own spices using a stone mill, I was instantly back to being that little girl being fed by her grandmother. Join us on our pilgrimage to a happy and healthy life with better tasting food!