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Dec 12, 2007 12:24 AM

Can someone rec an inexpensive peppermill?

I use a mortar and pestle to grind my spices, including peppercorns. I think a mill just for the pepper would be easier for general use. Can someone recommend one that's functional, doesn't break, and that doesn't cost $65 or more? Really. I just want something for 10, 20 bucks that gives a course grind. If I really need it finer, or want to just crack it, I'll use the mortar. TIA.

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  1. I just bought two peppermills after doing some research on this board and others. I bought one in white for white pepper and one in black for black pepper. The brand is peppermate and it grinds so easily. You can grind right onto the food, or into the little plastic bin on the bottom, which is nice if you need a larger quantity of pepper. It is $35. Here is a link:

    1. I've had the six inch Unicorn Peppermill for quite a few years now and I couldn't recommend it more highly. It's easy to change the fineness of the grind. You get a lot more pepper from a single turn than you do from most mills. It works even when my hands are wet or greasy. And even the smaller mill has a very large storage well so you're not adding peppercorns all the time. I've actually given this mill as a "hostess" gift to friends who's house I cook in just because I other mills just don't cut it for me.

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      1. re: JoanN

        I agree! I have had my Unicorn for about three years, and just love it! I even sent it to my daugher in law as a gift. Very easy to fill and grind. I have had many, but this one is the very best!

        1. re: JoanN

          I love my Unicorn pepper mill. I've had the Magnum for many happy years (after my pepper gun gave out after, oh, 15 years or so (cost: $31); have given this and the magnum plus as (very much appreciated) gifts

        2. If you live near an Ikea, they have this. They don't seem to accept on line orders for this gadget.

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            1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

              The Ikea is hard to beat -- $6.99 and the grinder is ceramic. I use two, one for coarse sea salt and one for pepper. Love 'em.

              1. re: puzzler

                They also sell just the jars so you can store other spices and use the same grinder head for them.

          1. I have a Vic Firth mill that works superbly. It has some sort of twist and lock mechanism that prevents the degree of coarseness from changing when you need to do a lot of grinding. It's the only brand of pepper mill I'll ever buy again.


            1. After spending too much money on peppermills I don't like, I ran across a large Spice Island adjustable grinder filled with "Indian Malabar" Peppercorns at Sam's Club. It is 6.5 oz and cost about $4. It is really adjustable so you can get a fine grind, coarse or in between. When it's gone, I will toss it and get another! Go to, and look under products/adjustable grinders. And it doesn't take a lot of effort to use!

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              1. re: danhole

                I have one of these, with about 1/4 of the pepper corns left. By now most of the remaining pepper corns are broken. I think this is because the pepper gets mixed up as the grinder is turned upside down to grind, and back up when not in use. But, I can't see the state of the pepper corns in the more conventional grinder - may be they get broken up with use too.

                The grinder quality ifself is so-so. For the price of the pepper it is a good deal.

                Years ago I bought a classic metal Italian design, with a chute in the side for loading. That grinds quite nicely. Only problem is the small size that I have needs to be reloaded often. Currently I have that one loaded with a mix of pepper, fennel and rosemary.