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Using a German Hand Grinder- There’s One in Every German Kitchen

Using a German Hand Grinder- There’s One in Every German Kitchen


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German Hand Grinder I don’t know if German cooking uses more bread crumbs than other places…. but it seems like we were always using a German Hand Grinder to make them. For Schnitzel, Koetlett, Frikadellen and of course, toasted in butter for a yummy cauliflower topping.

German Hand Grinder

In our home no bread was ever thrown away. If it was too stale to eat, mom would put it in a metal pan, and leave it in the oven to completely dry out. (She didn’t turn the oven on… the bread would just be dried there because it was a dry place.) When the pan started to fill up, it was time to use them!

My job was to make the breadcrumbs. I would pull out the old hand grinder, and attach it to the edge of the pull out cutting board, set a plate underneath the opening to catch the crumbs, and get to work. Stale bread would go into the top, and a handle would turn a drum that looked a bit like a round grater. The old style grinder had a wooden block in the top to help push bread through.

Old bread was transformed into fine breadcrumbs, and on my favorite days, those breadcrumbs were patted onto Kotlett (breaded pork chops)! MMmmmmm….

I loved using the grinder. Some kids like banging on pots with wooden spoons… I liked turning the handle and watching the wheel go ‘round and round’. Of course, I learned the hard way that sticking a finger into the top while turning the wheel was a very bad idea….

Grind Bread and Nuts

You could also use the Hand Grinder to grind nuts into the perfect texture for baking delicious cakes and cookies like Vanille Kipferl!

Nut Grinder Table Top Mounted s/s 20cmNut Grinder Table Top Mounted s/s 20cm

Today, I don’t have a pan of stale bread in my oven, and I use a food processor to make my bread crumbs. While it is quick and efficient, it doesn’t give me the same pleasure as this task did when I was a child. And I remember the first time I saw Bread Crumbs for SALE in the Grocery Store… I thought “why would you pay for what is free?”. Some things stay the same though…. I can’t seem to throw away stale bread, and I still love Panierte Schweinekotelett!
Luckily I’ve been able to find a new version of the Hand grinder on Amazon, because Mom is not about to give up hers. While the food processor works, it’s a lot of clean up for a small job… but it doesn’t work as well for nuts (you end up making peanut butter or hazelnut butter if you aren’t careful!



Modern Versions of the German Hand Grinders

 Prepworks by Progressive Nut Chopper with Non-Skid Base RSVP Endurance Vintage Stainless Steel 1.25 Cup Nutgrinder Westmark Cheese Grater Comes With 4 Interchanging Stainless Steel Drums Rotary Food Grater And Slicer For Cheese Nuts And Fruits

Recipe for Breaded Pork Chops (Panierte Schweinekoteletts)

in German go to-http://kochecke.gm-dd.de/rezepte/panierte-schweinekoteletts

German Style Breaded Pork Chops

Yield: 2 chops


  • 2 Bone in Pork Chops
  • 1 Egg
  • ½ Bread Crumbs
  • Salt/Pepper
  • Butter for Frying (you can use oil)


  • 1. Use a paper towel to dry the chops… generously salt and pepper them
  • 2. Crack the egg into a soup bowl, scramble it a bit…. put the bread crumbs into a second soup bowl.
  • 3. Dip the seasoned chops in the egg on both sides, then dip into the bread crumbs until completely coated.
  • 4. Heat the butter or oil in a frying pan over medium. When it’s hot, put the chops in. Let them get crisp and brown, but not burned… adjust the heat as needed. It should take around 8 minutes per side.
  • Eat them warm or cold… with a gravy or plain. Gravy is best...

Vintage German Hand Grinders

AS 800 made in Germany counter mount hand crankAS 800 made in Germany counter mount hand crankVintage Made In Germany Tabletop Clamp Hand Cheese GrinderVintage Made In Germany Tabletop Clamp Hand Cheese GrinderAntique Vintage 13Antique Vintage 13″ Large Cast Iron and Tin Yellow Manual Grinder Kitchen Tool or Grater. Germany.


  1. I would like to know if I can still get that particular hand grinder. This was my favorite tool to grind my nuts for baking and of course bread crumbs. Food chopper just does not work that well for me. Thank you.


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