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8fishermen
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05 13 10:10 am    Post subject: Pepper Mill? Reply with quote

I am looking for a pepper mill. I like tools that are highly functional and aesthetic are nice but secondary at best. I have a large family and often cook in large batches so I often need more pepper than a typical home cook would use. I make sausage and the likes so several tablespoons are sometimes needed (This can be done in a separate grinder which I already have if needed.)

So, do any of you guys have a mill you just couldn't live without? We have several restaurant supply shops here locally but I have not checked with them yet. I love shopping at these shops.

Thanks
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05 13 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

$19 coffee grinder for big jobs.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05 13 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a Unicorn Magnum (which only sounds like a sex toy, but is actually a pepper grinder.) Everything you read about them is true: they're very slightly slippery, and the pepper storage opens too easily. But they friggin RAIN pepper when you twist them. I've been satisfied.

The next thing would be to buy good pepper. The word "tellicherry" is a good starting point. Definitely more lively than your typical grocery store stuff.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05 13 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have 4 William Bounds. They are all over 30 years old and still working perfectly. Love them and would not ever replace them. They have a lifetime warranty. What I like the most is the instant 3 level grind setting. You can in a flash go from very fine to coarse with just a twist of the collar.

http://www.wmboundsltd.com/shopexd.asp?id=70590

(Why 4...one for white, black, Szechuan, and special blends.)
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05 13 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm just a home cook, but I have an Atlas mill and it's fantastic. Had it now for 15 years and still works great. I don't think it holds as much as mslatter's sex toy one, but it you can adjust the coursness of the grind, and it's guaranteed for life.

What one you buy, just make sure it's easy to fill up. I've seen some mills were you have to put the peppercorns in one at a time..wtf!?!?!

http://www.amazon.com/Pepper-Mill-Imports-Atlas-Chrome/dp/B0000DI5U1
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05 13 11:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a 25 year old Atlas brass mill and I wouldn't trade it for anything. The copper and brass models develop a nice patina as they age. I would think the chrome model would be a PITA to keep clean.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06 13 12:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BigOrson wrote:
I have a 25 year old Atlas brass mill and I wouldn't trade it for anything. The copper and brass models develop a nice patina as they age. I would think the chrome model would be a PITA to keep clean.


The chrome cleans up nice. It has a very durable finish and a wet paper towel or a spritz of windex and it looks brand new. I liked it so much I bought the matching salt mill.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06 13 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Avoid plastic and you should be fine.

Vic Firth makes some good ones.

Peugeot are nice.


The ones at the restaurant supply store are ok, they are really not any tougher than others.

If you grind a lot I recommend a crank handle similar to this:

http://www.metrokitchen.com/product/PG-PM27483?utm_source=shopping-com&utm_medium=scs&utm_term=PG-PM27483&mr:referralID=254da4dd-fe26-11e2-a969-001b2166c2c0

or like Alien said, cheap coffee grinder.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06 13 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alien BBQ wrote:
$19 coffee grinder for big jobs.


That is what I was planning on using for sausage time and the likes.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06 13 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mslatter wrote:
I have a Unicorn Magnum (which only sounds like a sex toy, but is actually a pepper grinder.) Everything you read about them is true: they're very slightly slippery, and the pepper storage opens too easily. But they friggin RAIN pepper when you twist them. I've been satisfied.

The next thing would be to buy good pepper. The word "tellicherry" is a good starting point. Definitely more lively than your typical grocery store stuff.


I signed up for America's Test Kitchen today and the review of this one was their past favorite. Their remarks were Produces LOTS of pepper. Sometimes the top opens when grinding and the quality of grind was ok but the fine grind was more like med.

Their new favorite is Cole & Mason Derwent Gourmet Precision Pepper Mill. It out performed the Unicorn in quality and ease of use but was a little under in the speed.

Decisions, decision...
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06 13 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got a nice pepper mill type grinder that works fairly well (I can't tell you the brand), but nowadays I just grind up peppercorns (Tellicherry if I can get them) in the spice (coffee) grinder and put them in a small shaker jar. I use a fair amount of black pepper on things, so it stays fresh.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07 13 1:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use a cheap coffee bean grinder as well.

A couple of pulses for coarse, or hold the button down to get all the way to powder.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07 13 7:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i just bought this Cole & Mason Derwent Gourmet Precision Pepper Mill salt & pepper mill set http://www.amazon.com/Cole-Mason-H59401G-Derwent-Precision/dp/B003OICYZO

along with the Kg of himalayan salt and lb of tellicherry . $82 delivered . Smile

it'll be here thurs and i'll report back .

thanx guys
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07 13 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Woody1911a1 wrote:
i just bought this Cole & Mason Derwent Gourmet Precision Pepper Mill salt & pepper mill set http://www.amazon.com/Cole-Mason-H59401G-Derwent-Precision/dp/B003OICYZO

along with the Kg of himalayan salt and lb of tellicherry . $82 delivered . Smile

it'll be here thurs and i'll report back .

thanx guys


I would be very interested to know how fast it will grind a tps or tbl spoon.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12 13 1:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

zip lock bag and the nearest jar of pickles or heavy pot>?
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13 13 4:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw a guy on TV take the top off of a large pepper mill and attach his drill to the top!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13 13 6:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alien BBQ wrote:
I saw a guy on TV take the top off of a large pepper mill and attach his drill to the top!


I tried that once, the mill basically blew up.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13 13 6:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ckone wrote:
Alien BBQ wrote:
I saw a guy on TV take the top off of a large pepper mill and attach his drill to the top!


I tried that once, the mill basically blew up.


Saw somebody hereabouts on the 'Ring loading their shotgun shells with peppercorns.....find a brick wall... works great !!!!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13 13 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

1buckie wrote:
loading their shotgun shells with peppercorns....


Think it was Young Guns 2 where he loaded a shell with dimes and said it was the best $1.20 I ever spent.

I tried that too, it will do some damage to it's target. That being said do not try it yourself. I was lucky nothing went wrong.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13 13 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unicorn Magnum here. It's like a shotgun blast.
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