Wet Grinder

The wet grinder is a tool that has been around for many, many years. Originally it was only used in kitchens in Southern India as a means of grinding down wet grains and lentils for specially prepared dishes. The first wet grinders were made out of large rocks and there was a hole carved in the stone. A chuck of circular stone that fit into the hole was fitted with a type of wooden handle. The stone would then fit into the carved out space and the worker would grind on the wet grains using their muscles to push down on the stone while rotating the handle simultaneously. The process of grinding down the water and grain mixture was often tedious and could take a long time. The pastes that the wet grinder produced could be used in foods like dosa, sevai, vada, and idli.

However, in recent years the implementation of electricity and the mechanization of the wet grinder led to a revolution in this process in many working class kitchens that utilize this tool. The amount of time that it once took to prepare a meal has been drastically reduced and it has allowed more and more people access to these types of food. The earliest forms of these mass produced items used a sort of mechanism that rotated the two stones against each other with just a minimal amount of turning on the part of the worker, but it could still be a time consuming task.

This is probably why many of the foods that relied on the use of a wet grinder for preparation were not introduced to a large number of people outside of Southern India until the electric version of the wet grinder was introduced to the market. The first one of these still relied on the use of stones, only now they were powered by electricity when they rotated. Plus, in this version of the wet grinder it wasn’t just one stone moving against the other, but instead both stones rotated at once, greatly cutting down on the amount of time that it took to properly grind down the grains and lentils.

This version of the electric wet grinder was first introduced into the restaurants so that they could cut down on the amount of time that it took for them to prepare these types of food for their guests. However, the product grew in popularity until it was integrated into many households for common everyday use as well. Many of the electric wet grinders that are on the market today still use the two stones to grind down the grains, and the most common (and best) type of stone that is used in these appliances is granite. Now those people working in kitchens everywhere are able to have more time to spare for the more important duties around the household. Plus, this reduction of time allowed for more people to be able to prepare the nutritious, culturally rich foods that they enjoy on a regular basis. It also can be cost effective because of the fact that the stones that are used in the electric wet grinders do not have to be refinished as often as the old hand held devices did.

One thing that you should consider if you are looking to invest in a new wet grinder for your home is that it is a quality product. There are quite a few manufacturers that try to get by using lower quality components and stones to build their grinders, and this can cause a lot of problems and frustrations when you are trying to buy a good, modern wet grinder. Remember to do research on the company you are thinking about buying from before you make your final decision, and check to see if they have a consumer rating and if they are regulated by any type of government agency.

This Wet Grinder Review is Written/Updated on Mar 21st, 2009 and filed under Kitchen Appliances. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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