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  1. What is the definition of good for you... what is bad?

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    1. re: cwdonald

      This is weird. I was going to ask what is the definition of cheap (No, seriously, I was going to ask that).

    2. Peugeot makes excellent pepper mills (I have a couple including one that must be at least 50 years old. The newer ones are as well made as the older ones.) From a quick Google search, it seems prices have jumped a bit in the past few years but this looks like a good deal, though I've never done business with the company: http://www.chefsresource.com/toulp.html

      1. http://tinyurl.com/kyxlogz OXO Good Grips® Pepper Grinder

        $21.99 at Bed Bath Beyond. This works fine. I know you can spend a lot more, but why would you?

        http://tinyurl.com/8p96l Penzey's peppermills.

        Penzeys carries mills that work with their super large peppercorns. More expensive, but I imagine good.

        1. You don't have to spend hundreds, but if you drop some dough on a good one, it will more than pay for itself.

          I spent $30 on a grinder at Williams-Sonoma, and my ex was ready to send me to have my head examined.

          More than 30 years later, I still have the grinder (don't have the ex!), and it's still grinding pepper every single day. Annual cost? less than the grocery-store models.

          1. If you have an Ikea nearby, they sell a spice grinder that is cheap and effective. It is available only in the stores at $5.99.

            http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/pro...

            1. I've had good results from Peugeot Pepper Mills.

              I have the Peugeot PM03562 Nancy 4.75 Inch Pepper Mill and matching Salt mill. They work very well. About $25 for each piece. You can buy them separately or in a set. I've owned this set for over 5 years.

              The Peugeot PM12168 Nancy 4 Inch Pepper Mill is around $ 12 at Amazon.

              Old Thompson has some good inexpensive models, also.

              1. I just got this one a few weeks ago. My old one was shot. I chose primarily on the suggestion by Cook's Illustrated. Almost got a Magnum, which is pretty highly recommended on CH, but couldn't get past the fact that it's kinda ugly. This one was $40.

                http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc...

                1. I bought the large whole peppercorns at TJs which comes in its own plastic grinder. Not pretty for the table, but perfect at the stove if you want a medium grind. It is not adjustable but it is refillable.

                  1. I recommend:

                    Trudeau PEPPER MILL 6 INCH - PROFESSIONAL

                    http://www.cayneshousewares.com/produ...