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qwerty78 Jan 16, 2009 07:25 AM

hey all- I'm looking for a quality pepper mill that i can use both in cooking and on the table. my decor is contemporary- but function is more important than style and I'm hoping it will last quite a while...

thanks!

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  1. billieboy RE: qwerty78 Jan 16, 2009 07:38 AM

    Don't buy the acrylic ones. Look pretty but don't last. Crack in a very short time. Peugot (sp?) seems to be the best common brand.

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      bayoucook RE: billieboy Jan 25, 2009 07:50 AM

      Unicorn Magnum Plus by far - go to cooksillustrated.com and read reviews

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      Ben7643 RE: qwerty78 Jan 16, 2009 07:42 AM

      You may think me insane for telling you that you to get this one but i'm not kidding

      http://www.cooking.com/products/shpro...

      I can be a bit obsessive at times and I went through a peppermill run earlier this year and went through 5 pairs trying to find one that would give me a really great grind. This one blows all the rest away, I tried 2 different Peugeot's and 3 no name brands. My girlfriend knew i had been trying to find the perfect one for about half a year and got me the snowman one and it is amazing. Unlike most it has a spring resistance to make sure it keeps a tight grind no matter the thickness of the grind. The action is tighter then most but the end result is superior. The only other one i tried that gave a great grind was this one http://www.napaview.com/napa-peppermi... at the time i was a baby in my peppermill search and it seemed too expensive.

      Almost forgot my friend has a Unicorn Magnum Plus and it is excellent perhaps even better then the snowman but they are simply cuter.

      So thats my 2 cents :).

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        MSK RE: Ben7643 Jan 17, 2009 04:04 PM

        thank you for that...it made me laugh as soon as I opened the link.

      2. Caralien RE: qwerty78 Jan 16, 2009 08:15 AM

        you may want to check out this thread:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/586950

        1. Sooeygun RE: qwerty78 Jan 16, 2009 12:04 PM

          I was given an Alessi pepper mill that I love. I have been using it for 5 years now. Always sparks conversation.

          http://www.alessi.com/en/2/3357/oil-c...

          1. greglor RE: qwerty78 Jan 16, 2009 12:21 PM

            The wooden ones that Penzey's sells are pretty good. Stay away from any pepper mills that are made with plastic (from anywhere).

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              pepperqueen RE: greglor Jan 16, 2009 06:46 PM

              greglor -- must agree with the Penzey's pepper grinder. If you like a lot of pepper (and we do) this one puts out a lot without much effort. It is the only one we have found that will handle the Special Extra-bold tellichery peppercorns (because they are so big). We have several expensive grinders and they do not do as good a job as the Penzey's grinder. Highly recommended.

            2. vanillagorilla RE: qwerty78 Jan 17, 2009 02:14 PM

              The Magnum and the Magnum Plus are the only two worth having.

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                qwerty78 RE: qwerty78 Jan 25, 2009 07:46 AM

                thanks for these! I'm not sold on the looks of the magnum but am loving the vic firth- one more question though. if a grinder is labelled as a "salt mill" rather than pepper- can I still use it? http://www.amazon.com/Vic-Firth-Tronc...

                thanks!

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                  grant.cook RE: qwerty78 Jan 26, 2009 08:01 AM

                  Forgot the appearance.. the Unicorn Magnum grinds like a god, and most of my use is in the kitchen proper, so I don't need something pretty while grinding over a stockpot. Salt mills generally have nylon grinding mechanisms - either cause of corrosion, or softer grinding of salt crystals. I do not believe they are swappable..

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                    Ben7643 RE: qwerty78 Feb 3, 2009 04:08 PM

                    no you can't salt mills have either a plastic or ceramic grind mechanisms. good pepper mills will always have a metal grinding mechanism. you cant use a metal grinding mechanism for salt either as it will corrode.

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