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June 13, 2024 3 min read

Allspice is a spice made from the dried berries of the Pimenta dioica plant. Despite its name, it's not a mixture of spices but instead a single spice that has a combination of flavors like ground cloves, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg. It got its name from English explorers in the 17th century. You can buy it ground, but for a fresher flavor, grinding it yourself is a better option. Here’s how to do it.

How to Grind Allspice


all spice in a cup with a spoon
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Here's how to grind spices and allspice using different methods:

Method 1: Spice Grinder

  • Place the allspice berries into a clean, dry electric spice grinder.
  • Secure the lid and pulse the grinder in short bursts until the berries are finely ground.
  • Tap the grinder on the counter to loosen any particles stuck to the blades before opening.
  • Transfer the ground spice to an airtight container.

Method 2: Mortar and Pestle

  • Place a small amount of whole allspice berries in the mortar.
  • Use the pestle to press and twist over the berries. Grind the berries against the side of the mortar.
  • Continue grinding until you have the consistency you want.

Method 3: Coffee Grinder

  • If you don't have a spice grinder, a coffee grinder can work.
  • Add the allspice berries to the grinder and secure the lid.
  • Pulse in short intervals until finely ground.
  • Empty the ground spice and wipe out the grinder to remove residual oils and fragments.

Method 4: Rolling Pin

  • Place the berries inside a plastic bag or between two sheets of parchment paper.
  • Roll the pin back and forth over the berries. Apply steady pressure to crush them.
  • This method might not provide as fine a texture as the grinders, but it's effective.

Note: After grinding, sift the ground spices through a fine mesh sieve. If there are any large particles, return it back to the grinding tool and grind again.

Tips for Grinding Spices

Here are some extra tips for grinding allspice:

  • Toast the allspice berries in a dry skillet on low heat for a couple of minutes before grinding. This will help bring out its oils and flavors.
  • If you're using a mortar and pestle, add a pinch of coarse sal. Salt will act like an abrasive and will help break down the berries better.
  • For the tastiest flavor, use the ground allspice soon after grinding. If you need to store it, keep it in a cool, dark place.

How to Use Ground Allspice


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Now that you've mastered the art of grinding allspice, let's explore some creative ways to include this flavorful spice into your dishes:

  • Add a pinch of ground allspice to your morning oatmeal or granola.
  • Use it as a rub for meats such as pork, chicken, or beef before grilling or roasting.
  • Sprinkle ground allspice into homemade barbecue sauce or marinades.
  • Mix it into baked goods like cookies, cakes, and muffins.
  • Stir it into savory dishes like soups, stews, and curries.

Are There Any Health Benefits of Using Allspice?

Yes, here are some of them:

  • It contains antioxidants that help protect the body from damage caused by free radicals.
  • Allspice has anti-inflammatory properties that may help reduce inflammation and pain.
  • It contains essential oils like eugenol, which has been shown to have antimicrobial properties.
  • It may help digestion and relieve digestive discomfort due to its carminative properties. 


Grinding allspice at home is easy. It just involves a few simple steps and the right equipment. We hope that you found this blog helpful.

Looking for the perfect mortar and pestle? Check out Pepe Nero. Designed with premium materials and a sleek design, Pepe Nero enhances the flavor of your whole spices like whole cloves, cinnamon sticks, and other spices. Shop with us today. 

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