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pepper mill mechanism- ceramic vs. metal

cypressstylepie Aug 28, 2002 02:55 PM

Which is better? For longevity and, more importantly (to me), evenness of a nice grind. I can figure that the ceramic won't rust over time, but are there other disadvantages to the ceramic? I've poked around the internet but can't find anything addressing this. I seem to be on this eternal quest for the perfect peppermill.

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    ironmom Aug 28, 2002 09:27 PM

    The main purpose of the ceramic mechanism is to prevent it corroding when you grind salt in it. For pepper, a metal mechanism is fine.

    Grinding salt isn't necessary, as it doesn't lose freshness like preground pepper can, but it is often done.

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      Peter Hertzmann Aug 28, 2002 09:06 PM

      Are you sure the mechanism is ceramic and not white plastic? For my money, I've been using a couple of Peugeots for many years without and problems with rust. These are far superior to other brands IMHO.

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        TEX Aug 28, 2002 03:42 PM

        I would suggest the old fashioned method of Pestle and Mortar. You control the grind, the crush, and the texture you require. It is also aesthetically pleasing on the table.

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