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Pepper Mills

Pepper mills allow you to grind fresh pepper from pepper corns, resulting in a much more intense flavor than pepper that is purchased already ground. Mills also enable you to adjust the coarseness of the grind from the very fine powdery pepper suitable for most foods to the cracked pepper corn used in recipes such as Caesar salad and steak au poivre. Pepper mills are made from a variety of materials including stainless steel, glass, acrylic and wood. They come in a wide range of sizes, styles, and prices. Many mills can be ordered online or through catalogs.

The following should be considered when buying a pepper mill:

  • The height of the pepper mill does not determine the mount of pepper corns it can hold. Some small models store more ounces than others that are much taller, so look for the capacity before you buy.
  • Some mills will adjust the coarseness of the grind more then others. Look for those that have at least three different settings.
  • Look for the standard bulb twisting top. Crank style handles rarely work as well. Grinding mechanisms should be sturdy and durable.
  • Consider how easy it will be to refill the mill. The fewer pepper corns a mill will hold, the easier it should be to refill it. Some mills need to have their grinding adjustments reset after every refilling.
  • Look for mills that are easy to clean since cooks often have food on their fingers when they reach for the pepper.

Finally, a good pepper mill should be comfortable to hold and should not require much force to operate.

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