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
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
- Look for the standard bulb twisting top.
Crank style handles rarely
work as well.
Grinding mechanisms should
be sturdy and
- 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
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