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Mar 12, 2003 10:11 AM

pepper mill recommendation?

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I need to replace my peppermill and am looking for advice from 'hounds on their experiences. Do you have a peppermill you love or hate? Do you think there are any features that are well worth paying for or a rip off?

Any advice appreciated!


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  1. i love my michael graves -- $12 from target. pretty and ergonomically (sp) designed, so it's easy and comfortable to use.

    1. Have had my Perfex peppermill for years & it still is perfect!

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      1. re: Taralli

        I second your recommendation. I bought my Perfex in 1978-- I was in a cooking course taught by Wolfgang Puck and he told the class that Perfex was the choice of professional chefs. I have used it daily ever since, and it is still performing perfectly.

        1. re: zora

          Mine, too, was touted by my teacher of a small French cooking class in a private townhouse in Boston's, just gentrifying, Southend in the early 70's.

          1. re: Taralli
            Caitlin McGrath

            Well, my mom gave me my Perfex about 10 years ago because she thought it'd suit my needs, and it's still going strong. Then she got jealous and had to buy herself one. I'm considering a small Zassenhaus (sp) from Penzey's though, so I can keep it on the table and not have to cart the Perfex in and out of the kitchen.

            1. re: Caitlin McGrath

              I have the small one (less than probably 4" high).

      2. No preference on brands, I tend to get a salt & peppermill set about once every other year at Christmas. I will say that the "scissor" kinds are good b/c they can be used one handed while stirring or adding other ingredients. Linked is an interesting example that also grates sea salt.


        1. Funny you should ask... after breaking my THIRD peppermill in as many years (including that $12 version someone mentioned from Target), two days ago I invested in yet another one which I feel will be my last: William Bounds Ltd. Link enclosed. Amazing product. (I was actually given an assignment to buy one for the winery I work for and was so impressed, I bought one for myself).


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          1. re: Eviter

            I'll second that! After many attempts at getting something decent, I finally bought both salt AND pepper mills from Bounds. They are definitely the best I've ever used, and believe me, they don't come cheap here in Oz!

          2. I have a Zassenhaus that I bought through Penzey's about 12 years ago and it is still going strong. It was a little expensive, but I think that it was worth it. They have a really long warranty (20 years, I think). The only failing is that it takes a while to grind any quantity if you set it to grind super-fine, but since I'm more of a coarse grind type of person, it hasn't been a problem.