To reduce food to small particles. Coffee beans can be ground in a coffee grinder, while meats such as beef must be run through a meat grinder. A food processor fitted with a metal blade can also grind some foods. Food can be ground to various degrees—fine, medium and coarse.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

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