In De Ster and De Lelie spices are regularly mixed and ground in a traditional way. This happens with the force of the wind using the old machines of the mill. Because of the calm and simple grinding proces the spices keep there taste very well.
Our 50 grams spices tins are inspired by the from the past well known dutch spices "Ster Specerijen". The "Ster Specerijen" brand was introduced in the 1930s by spice trader EJO in Delfshaven. The first years the EJO had the spices ground in our mill. This is the reason for the name "Ster Specerijen" and the year of construction of De Ster Anno 1866 on the tins. Later the EJO started grinding the spices thereselves in their own mill, but the name "Ster Specerijen" remained in use despite protests from the then miller Bukman. The EJO was eventually bought by Silvo and that is how many people know the tins. Our tins are not exactly the same as the original tins, the twist lid has been replaced by a regular lid and the printing is slightly different. But still applies the Dutch slogan "gegarandeerd zuiver" (guaranteed pure), our tins contain only spices, no additives!
Our assortment consists of the following spices and mixed spices. Prices exclude shipping costs. You can order via e-mail; you will receive an overview of the costs and upon receipt of the amount due the order will be sent. All spices are also for sale in De Ster during opening hours. You can also pick up the spices at the mill.
The spices are also available in larger packages for companies and also for private individuals, please contact us for more information.
Do you want to grind spices or herbs on wind power? We can grind different spices or mixed spices according to your preference. Due to the size of the machines in the mill, the minimum amount is about 10kg.
More about grinding and mixing
Nowadays herbs and spices are ground in modern mechanical mills, often in the country of origin. This is efficient, safe and fast. Why then do we grind on wind force spices in De Ster and De Lelie? Here we have a number of reasons for:
- In operation, the mill comes into its own and we can best show you how to grind spices with very old machines.
- By regularly grinding spices, we maintain knowledge about grinding spices on wind power.
- Spice milled spices are a unique product and the profit benefits the mills.
Most spices are ground on the edge stones. In this way the regrind is crushed by the large weight of the stones (the stones of De Ster are approx. 2.5t each) and the tight turning circle of the stones. During milling, the spices are continuously mixed by sliders so that the spices are also mixed at the same time. As a result, the spices do not get hot during grinding so that smell and taste are kept as good as possible. After grinding, the spices are sieved to get a constant fineness.
When grinding spices, we work according to the HACCP guidelines. This means that the production process in the mill has been analyzed and all risks related to food safety have been mapped out. Our way of working is aimed at limiting these risks as much as possible.
The grinding of the spices is made possible by Catz International B.V., a Rotterdam based company from 1856 and specialized in the international trade of spices, herbs, seeds, coconut products, dried vegetables, nuts and tropical fruits intended for the food industry.