How to choose the right pepper mill


Spending time in the kitchen for some womennot the most enjoyable thing, but when help is provided by pleasant and necessary accessories, for example, such as a pepper mill, time passes faster and the work seems not so tedious. In today's world, little things matter. Any dish can not do without spices, whether it be salt, pepper, cardamom, ginger, cloves - each of the spices gives the dish a unique aroma and taste.

Previously, in the old - the old days, spicescollected by hand, dried, crushed in a mortar and sold not for little money - then they had value. But, unfortunately, it is now easier to buy in stores in packages the so-called spice, more like a powder. In order to have not a miserable similarity of spices at home, but to feel the smell and incredible taste, one should acquire such an irreplaceable thing as a mill.

What is a mill and does it need

The mill consists of a flask, which in turnconsists of several parts, the so-called main part, the part where the seasoning is placed, millstones, which are crushed into fine spice particles and directly, the container, into which the ground seasonings fall.


There are two types of mills: motorized and manual. Which one is better - there is no reliable answer, but we can definitely say that the electric pepper mill is convenient to use. It takes a minimum of effort; using an electric mill shortens the seasoning processing time. With the original design, the device can be a great decoration for your table, but such a pepper mill has a high cost. In a mechanical or manual pepper mill, on the contrary, maximum effort is required for grinding - the process is rather laborious, but one of the advantages of manual grinding is its exact dosage, which is almost impossible to do in an electric one. There is a one-time mill, nothing is required to fall asleep in it, it is sold in a ready-made form, however, some housewives manage to use it several times, resorting to some tricks. Do I need such an assistant in the kitchen? Yes, your dishes will definitely become more aromatic and tasty.

How to choose the right mill

When choosing a pepper mill, there are several criteria to consider:

  • case material;
  • ease of use;
  • millstone material;
  • the presence of the adjustment of the degree of grinding.

  • One of the first things you should pay attention to is the case materials from which the pepperbox is made. Their large number:

  • plastic;
  • glass;
  • metal;
  • stainless;
  • wooden;
  • ceramic.
  • When buying should be considered for use,what kind of spices it will be designed. If there is only pepper, any of the above mills will be suitable, but if, for example, you use oil seasonings, a wooden mill will only worsen the taste of your dish, as the smell of spices is absorbed into the wooden mill and thus sometimes gives the wrong flavor of seasonings. which I would like to feel in the dish. The glass device can be broken if used carelessly, which is also not very pleasant. The best option is a stainless steel pepper mill; it will not break, will not rust, and, as a rule, stainless steel pepper shakers have a perfect appearance.


    Take the pepper mill, and feel how comfortable it is. Its shape, weight, everything should be in accordance, feel whether it is pleasant for you to hold it.

    Millstone material and device functionality

    After you have touched and turned in your handsdevice, you can begin to assess the quality of the main mechanism - the millstones. What is it, you ask. Grindstones - this is the mechanism that grinds seasonings. There are also several types of them: millstones from ceramic materials, millstones from stainless steel and millstones and plastic. Probably many have guessed that the millstones made of plastic are less reliable due to the characteristics of the material from which they are made. As a rule, such millstones are used in short-lived pepper mills - mechanical and disposable.


    Usually, a disposable mill after usethey are thrown away, because its millstones are designed for one-time use, after which they wear out. Ceramic millstones are stronger than their plastic counterpart, their service life is about five years, but they are also fragile. Stainless steel millstones are more durable, their service life is two times longer than that of ceramics, and millstones wear out gradually. This mill can grind not only pepper, but also various types of salt and various spices. When choosing millstones, be sure to note that the teeth should consist of two rows. This is an ideal option for waste-free and high-quality grinding of spices. If you have to grind several types of pepper, or a mixture of peppers, you will need several devices or devices with a double mechanism.


    Decide if you have a choiceadjust the degree of grinding. Remember that in the cheap and disposable options this feature is not available. And in more expensive and modern mills for salt and pepper there is such an opportunity, you only need to slightly loosen or tighten the screw on the lid of the mill. Thus, you get the grinding adjustment, but you have to determine the size of the particles at your discretion. If you take an electric pepper mill, then, on the contrary, due to the rotation of a special device, which is located at the bottom of the device, the degree of grinding is easily adjustable, this device has a certain scale, with which you can determine the degree of grinding seasoning for each dish individually.


    How functional is your pepperbox. As mentioned above, the ideal option for grinding is a pepper grinder with two rows of cloves on the millstones. Therefore, if you grind only pepper, there is plenty of such a mill, but if you grind Himalayan salt along with pepper, the mill will upset you: not only will it not be ground very well, so the millstones will quickly dull. If you still decide to grind various seasonings, salt and pepper then it is best to purchase a universal mill. Such a mill has two containers, separately for pepper and separately for salt, in addition there are device models with two separate mechanisms for grinding various seasonings.

    Common types of mills.

    What mills exist, I would like to elaborate on each of them in more detail and consider the advantages and disadvantages. The simplest and cheapest is a disposable mill.

    Disposable mill that can be cheaper andimpractical. This mill can be called a mill for the lazy. Since it is used once and discarded. What is she like? Usually, this is a glass or plastic container in which there are already spices (pepper, salt, maybe a mixture of seasonings). The main difference from reusable ones is its size, as a rule, it reaches a height of no more than ten centimeters, and the principle of operation is as follows - you simply remove the lid and twist over the prepared dish, chopped spices. Some manufacturers even came up with an "elite" line of disposable mills, where there is an adjustment of the degree of grinding. The main advantages of this device are the following:

  • the mechanism is extremely simple, you can use the mill straightforward;
  • In the tanks there is already a ready mix of your favorite seasonings, and you should not think about buying additional ones.

  • A disposable mill is ideal for lazy and very busy people. But it has its drawbacks:

  • although such a mill is convenient, but it is not economical, since each time it will have to give a couple of hundred rubles to buy a new mill;
  • the choice of the contents of such an assistant is limited, you can not find a specific spice for your dish in the store, and if there are several of them, you will have to buy several disposable spices, which is extremely inconvenient;
  • Another disadvantage is the simple form -any woman wants something concise, unique, so that this device is included in the interior of her kitchen, but in disposable spices all jars are identical.


    Features of the use of reusable mill

    Reusable (mechanical or manual) millsuitable for aesthetes and gourmets. Usually it consists of several components: a container where spices, millstones or knives are poured, which grind the spices and the container, where the ready-made ground spices are located. Types of such mills for salt and pepper a huge amount. There are universal or only for one type of seasoning, which in turn perfectly crushes the pea. Universal mills have stronger grindstone for grinding salt, with different handles on top, and without them. Mechanical mills can be found from a variety of materials: wood, ceramics, plastics, steel, etc.

    The advantages of a hand mill are itsdurability, you can choose the pepperbox for every taste and for any design: classical ceramic, modern stainless steel - everyone can choose an individual mill. Someone likes the process of manual grinding, someone thinks that such grinding is real. Often these mills can be found abroad. Very often, such devices are offered as a souvenir to bring home from abroad.


    And such a practical mill has its owndisadvantages: if you decide to buy it abroad, be careful that it does not turn out to be a souvenir in the truest sense of the word. Inspect the millstones so that they are not made of plastic, the best ones are metal ones. Please note that the wooden case is impractical, it will absorb the extra odors of other seasonings. Another disadvantage is the lack of adjustment of the degree of grinding and the impossibility of grinding coarse spices, and the most significant drawback is that this manual design is not suitable for grinding several seasonings in a row. Before shredding each seasoning device should be washed. The cost of such a device varies around 300 rubles.


    Features of the use of electric mills

    There is another type of mill - electric. Such devices are designed for stylish, progressive, modern and practical people. The structure of such a mill does not differ from its mechanical counterparts. It consists of three parts: a container for spices, millstones or knives and directly, containers, where there are ready-to-eat spices. Its most important feature is the use of an electric drive.


    The advantage of this device isuse of electric drive for the implementation of grinding seasonings. This mill is powered by batteries or a battery. Functioning from a standalone source is one of the advantages of this device. Thanks to the use of an electric drive, grinding occurs quickly, very efficiently and with individual degree of grinding, with a well-defined dosage for the dish. Among other things, such a device has different modes of operation of the grinding mechanism. The electric device has high performance, it is able to cope with the hardest spices. The design of such a mill is amazing and will give charm to any kitchen, often also an electronic tailspin is included in the set, which also makes such a thing stylish.


    The electric mill is beautiful in everything, but there isOne significant drawback that often brings it - the cost of the device, which is quite high. Most often, the cost of such a device starts with 1500 rubles. It is best to buy several mills to grind various seasonings so that the smells of spices do not mix with each other. With proper care, the device can last for a long time. The choice of an electrical device should be approached meaningfully, for example, an electric mill with a plastic casing cannot serve for a long time due to the nature of the material from which it is made. Therefore, choose the best mill for salt and pepper in a stainless steel body.


    Mill for pepper and salt is not necessary to acquire in the first place, but having tried it once, you will appreciate its quality. Such household utensils will become an indispensable assistant in your home.