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Pepper Mills : Advice needed

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Sorry for all the cookware questions. I'm a beginner and suddenly I realize I don't have the equipment I need. I want to purchase a pepper mill. My only guideline is that I have Rheumatoid Arthritis so I want something that's relatively easy to use and requires less arm and hand strength. Thoughts?

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  1. I like my Vic Firth peppermill. It works very nice with consistent grinding and fine control, and it is highly recommended by many here as well.

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/875337

    However, have you thought about getting an electric pepper mill for minmal hand strenght?

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    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

      I was considering it, but I didn't know if the electric version would be as reliable. I might have to make a compromise and opt for electric to save my physical strength.

    2. Sounds like an electric mill would be right for you. Quite a few listed on amazon.com ranging from $17 up. I've no idea which is the best, and America's Test Kitchen's recent testing of pepper mills included no electrics among its top recommendations.

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      1. re: John Francis

        Do you think electric mills are as reliable as the regular versions?

        1. re: kdlalib

          I can guarantee that even the cheapest electric will be more reliable than a hand-operated one you can't use. I think if you're going to go with a hand-cranked you should use one first to ensure it'll work for you. Ask friends, ask chefs at restaurants you go to (most will be happy to help someone as enthusiastic as you are), bring some pepper to a kitchen supply store and ask to test a few.

          Being able to use your equipment is much more important than getting a 5% more uniform grind and even more important than the possibility you might have to replace it sooner

          Good luck in your search.

          1. re: nokitchen

            Thank you! Great, great advice. I have to keep remind myself to be more patient with my physical limitations and do what works for me.

      2. I'm a fan of the Unicorn Magnum pepper grinder. With reference to you RA the Magnum produces a lot of pepper with very little rotation. As an example, when putting pepper on an egg in the morning a mere wiggle of the top will dispense all I need. Electric is also a way to go if your RA is that bad.

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        1. re: scubadoo97

          That sounds great. I was looking at the Unicorn Magnum last night but wasn't sure about ease-of-use. That's helpful.

        2. I love my Unicorn Magnum, but it is slippery when slightly damp and if hand strength is an issue, I think a poor choice.

          I would go with their pepper gun:
          http://www.unicornmills.com/PepperGun-0/

          They also have one with a key shape on top if you want something bigger.