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snax May 7, 2010 12:35 AM

Well as the subject states, does anyone else have individual grinders for white and black peppercorns? I like the idea of using fresh white pepper in some of the dishes I cook instead of the preground stuff from the local shop.
I’m thinking about ordering two Unicorn Magnum grinders based on people saying that if you want quantity then this is the one to use.

  1. shelbyeileen May 7, 2010 02:03 AM

    We don't have those grinders, but I do keep one for white and one for black pepper. I like having the choice and prefer the white while my husband likes the black...Definitely get two. It's far better than using either preground. :)

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      megmosa May 7, 2010 06:03 AM

      We have two, but only because we seem to keep getting pepper grinders as gifts. If you don't use the white pepper as much, and you do have a morter and pestle, maybe you could just use that?

      But if you have the space and money and desire for two pepper grinders...why not? Are you going to get different colors so you can tell them apart?

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      1. re: megmosa
        dobs737 May 7, 2010 06:25 AM

        2, well I must be crazy because I have three. One set stays on the dining room table, one next to the stove for cooking, and the third is for grains of paradise.

        1. re: megmosa
          snax May 7, 2010 08:28 AM

          I'm thinking two sizes. 9" for black and 6" for white, this is getting all a bit too serious.

          1. re: snax
            grant.cook May 7, 2010 10:38 AM

            Can't beat the Unicorn, especially as its not THAT expensive. I have a 6", which just means I fill it a bit more often. As for 2, depends on how often you grind white pepper - you can get cheap grinders at Ikea for rarely used stuff (e.g. coriander), but if you use white pepper a lot, go for it.

            Don't get the "salt' unicorn - that has plastic grinders.. that may be a dumb statement, but just in case you confuse the white unicorn for what it is versus what it is not.

            1. re: grant.cook
              snax May 7, 2010 02:20 PM

              I plan to buy two black grinders for pepper and the white for salt. Well the white one can wait until I can even buy rock salt.

              1. re: snax
                snax May 14, 2010 04:59 AM

                well I've orded 2 grinders. One for pepper and one for salt. The only downside is I bought some rock salt off Amazon (I'm a newbie) and anyway the salt was $3 but the shipping was $15............... I hope this salt will just taste that little bit better to fill this void.

                1. re: snax
                  Caroline1 May 14, 2010 12:33 PM

                  Did you know that according to the labels on the packages, the lowest sodium salt is plain old kosher salt you can buy at any grocery store? I use it for cooking. For more exotic salts, I pick up Malden's at Whole Foods or Central Market,, and for the rest I order from WorldSpice.com. I PROMISE you their shipping will NOT cost you fifteen bucks! That's ridiculous! I'm currently hooked on their red Hawaiian sea salt. It's probably my imagination, but I think it has a richer rounder flavor than most other salts.

                  Oh, and for pepper grinders, I picked up a cute little glass and metal (looks like pewter) pepper mill from Walmart for $7.00 day before yesterday. It's the new home for my Szechuan/Sansho peppercorns! Now all of my peppercorns are happy! Everybody has their own place to live.

                  1. re: Caroline1
                    snax May 14, 2010 03:54 PM

                    hey thanks.

                    I'm not sure how much it would cost to send it into the middle of the Pacific but I'll look at getting a quote next time. I've been using table salt for the past 3 years here, and I've just got to the stage where I sometimes want a fine salt that will sit on food for certan foods.

            2. re: snax
              Mother of four May 7, 2010 07:17 PM


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            jeffreyem May 7, 2010 11:53 AM


            I have 3-4 of these loaded with different peppers and coarse salts.

            1. BobB May 7, 2010 12:14 PM

              Two identical vintage Peugeots here, one for white pepper and one for black. But the black gets used 99.9% of the time.

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                tonka11_99 May 7, 2010 01:11 PM

                I have a few grinders, although I don't have 2 of the expensive grinders. I would like to but $45 for another pepper mill, that's hard to justify.

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                1. re: tonka11_99
                  snax May 7, 2010 02:28 PM

                  The only thing worse then spending a decent amount of money on a pepper mill, is using a gimmicky green frog mill to crush arguably the worlds best pepper.

                  No excuses now!

                  1. re: snax
                    tonka11_99 May 7, 2010 02:53 PM

                    no, I have my gourmet mail order house tellicherry peppercorns and a 3 dollar grinder. I get grains anywhere from .2 micron to an 1/8 of an inch in 1 pile

                2. Caroline1 May 7, 2010 02:56 PM

                  I currently have four loaded peppermills: tellecherry black pepper, malabar black pepper, white pepper, and grains of paradise peppercorns. I need at least one more for my szechuan peppercorns. Oh, and for what it's worth, I have a salt mill too. But mostly I use kosher large grain salt added by hand. I do have mortars and pestils, but I'm not all that happy with peppercorns done in them. Too irregular for my taste. Pepper is fun!

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                    tomishungry May 7, 2010 03:03 PM

                    Got a set of six in a stainless steel caddy, one in the kitchen for cooking, and a few others floating around for good measure. Keeps all my common spices and salts ready for action.

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                    1. re: tomishungry
                      tonka11_99 May 7, 2010 03:13 PM

                      Maybe you should have a bandalero holster made to hold em all. You could look like some kind of modern Pancho Villa. Post a picture when it is done. ;-)

                    2. tim irvine May 7, 2010 05:21 PM

                      pepper mills also can be quirky. So I have an old Perfex for a very irregular but characterful coarse grind and an older wood grinder, probably a Peugeot, that delivers a very consistent finer grind. Both consumer vast quantities of telicherry. I have a salt grinder, but Kosher taken from salt pigs get way more use and moist, coarse grey salt also by the pinch is also a frequent choice. Another pepper grinder to keep loaded with a different kind of pepper sounds like a great idea. I never use white pepper, even in bechamel (although I use Cholula a lot; so my bechamel is often pink!)...

                      a pepper grinder purchaser aside, Perfex is a quaint design, not a reliable or easy to use workhorse, IMHO

                      1. tanuki soup May 7, 2010 05:51 PM

                        I also think it's a good idea to have separate grinders for white and black pepper. I personally like the WMF ceramic grinders (glass body, inverted design with the grinding mechanism at the top). You can get them in white or black, which is perfect for the two kinds of pepper. I also think it's nice to have different pepper mills for cooking and for the dinner table. For cooking, I like a mill that puts out a lot of pepper per twist. For the table, less output is safer.

                        1. Indirect Heat May 14, 2010 02:36 PM

                          We mix white and black in both our grinders. One for the kitchen, one for the table.

                          1. kaysyrahsyrah May 15, 2010 04:05 PM

                            I have a few: Unicorn for the kitchen, and one classy one for the dining room table and one as backup.

                            As for peppercorn blends -- used to have a few, now just use one that is a mix of black, white and pink.

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