Actually, any personal size blender will do as long as it has a dry ingredients blade. The nutriblast blender works great for this. A regular blender blade may work just fine, it really depends on the oil content of whatever you’re grinding. If there’s a lot of oils in whatever you grind, then it will have a tendency of caking and you may have to shake it a lot more to get the blades chopping through all the stuff.
If you go to a local market and it has a spice rack like this
Then you may want to grind up some of your own herbs. If you grind your own herbs, they tend to have more flavor and the food that you cook doesn’t wind up with little twigs and pieces of woody leaves. For the purpose of this post, I got a big bag of mexican oregano. It’s not the same as greek oregano or italian oregano, but it works pretty good in place of either. I actually think the flavor is slightly spicier then either of the more traditional forms of oregano. It’s a good flavor and it goes well with lots of stuff.
I like to use oregano in pretty much any soup. It helps to reduce my dependence on bullion for building a healthy broth. Herbs don’t add much umami, or savoriness that bullion provides, but they do help to build a full-bodied flavor profile when used in moderation.
So, you dump the bag of herb into the blender, and blend for a while. Sometimes you need to shake the cup a little to get everything moving, but eventually, it starts to churn and you can see all the little pieces turning into powder. In the case of oregano, or sage, you may need to pass the finished product through a sieve to remove any larger pieces that didn’t get ground up by the blender.
This method also works for herbs that you gather from your garden if you dry them before grinding. Powdered herbs are great for so many things. Right now I want to make a savory pie, but my wife is sleeping and she’s pregnant and she would flip out if I started cooking something that smelled good this late at night.
This picture is some regular greek oregano and lemon balm that are growing out in the garden. Our garden has so many different oregano plants growing. Once they’re established, they really crowd out the weeds. Nothing can compete with them because they already have an established root system so they grow pretty quickly in the spring. Also, they dump a lot of seeds on the ground, so they even start to fill up the cracks in the sidewalk with their delicious, fuzzy foliage.
This method works really well for processing herbs in the garden. Pick the herbs and dry in a paper bag somewhere dry, then pick and process the leaves. The blended herb powders work really well for things like rosemary salt rub for lamb or pork.