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Top 10 Pepper Mills 2017

You without a doubt can taste the distinction between ready-ground and freshly ground pepper. Adding that additional touch of flavor to your next dinner party couldn't be simpler, with our selection of elegant and highly functional pepper mills.

Peugeot 24079 Zeli Electric 5.9 Inch Pepper Mill, Brushed ChromePepper Mill Imports Atlas Pepper Mill, Copper, 9-InchTrudeau 716946 8Peugeot 23485 Paris u'Select 9-Inch Pepper Mill, ChocolateUnicorn Magnum Pepper Mill 6Zassenhaus from Kuchenprofi Speyer 5.1-Inch Dark Stained Beech Pepper MillSage Kitchenware Stainless Steel Black Pepper or Salt Mill Strong Ceramic Grinder Mechanism, 8.5OXO Good Grips Pepper GrinderEparé Battery Operated Pepper Mill and GrinderOzeri Graviti Pro Electric Pepper Mill and Grinder

Pepper -- What Is It Good For?

Believe it or not, pepper boasts an amazing range of beneficial properties. From the intestines to the epidermis, it does a body good.

You've probably heard that black pepper clears your sinuses. How does it achieve this? By irritating membranes until your mucus thins and starts to run. But it also helps encourage sweating and even, I'll say it...urination. Consequently, black pepper works wonders for a cold sprinkled into hot soup, or even herbal tea.

A recent study shows pepper can help fight off breast cancer, actually acting to stop the development of tumors. Adding turmeric to pepper enhances the cancer-fighting effect, making the two a veritable dynamic duo of anti-carcinogenic activity.

Body skin a bit dull? A dash of pepper added to a home body scrub boosts circulation and helps scrub away dead cells. The end result? Smoother, buffed body skin. A home body scrub is a terrific treat during winter months when lack of sunlight can discourage cell turnover.

The upshot? Pepper is good for a lot more than adding a piquant flavor to your plate.

Cars and Peppermills: The Little-Known Connection


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It may not surprise you to learn that France, with its rich gastronomic history, is where the peppermill was invented. What might be a shock is discovering that the Peugeot family -- yes, they of car-making fame -- originated the culinary must-have and still churns out (sorry!) peppermills today.

It all started back in 1810 when the Peugeot brothers were wondering what to do with the family flour mill, (flour was plentiful, and could not promise much in the way of profits.) Brothers Jean-Pierre and Jean-Frederic settled on milling steel, from which they began to manufacture tools, watch, and clock mechanisms. (They even produced the wire structures that under-girded crinolines, as well as stays for corsets!) It didn't take long for the brothers to gain a solid reputation for quality tool and blade making.

In 1840, they took their reputation a step further, developing a coffee mill with a unique, double-rowed system of helix-shaped teeth. The technology was later adapted to the peppermill. The first row of teeth cracks the corn in half, while the second completes the grinding process. A knob atop the mill determines whether the grind is fine or coarse.

Chefs worldwide hail the Peugeot mill as practically indestructible. The Peugeot mill -- widely imitated but never duplicated -- actually comes with a lifetime guarantee.

But where did the automobile come in? In 1905, two Peugeot cousins headed the firm. One was in love with cars -- and the other wasn't. The company then split into two. And the peppermill-making side was actually forbidden from venturing into producing household goods. Interestingly, though, the same Peugeot lion adorns both the cars and the kitchen tool. Did family pride remain intact despite the split? Perhaps, as a mere five years later, the two companies were reunited.

Dried and True: The Peppercorn Navigator


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To the non-discriminating, it may seem that all types of pepper taste alike. But just as there are connoisseurs of fresh peppers - jalapeno, habanero, chiles, and more -- there are folks who would never confuse a green peppercorn with a black one. Since we're in the business of sounding like experts, we've rounded up definitions of flavor profile and details of processing to distinguish one type of peppercorn from the next.

Let's start with the basics: Peppercorns grow in clusters on vines, much like grapes. Differences enter in as to the type of berry, when the berries are picked, and how they are processed.

Black peppercorns may be the best-known and are certainly the most common at retail stores. In the U.S., Peppercorns turn black when they are left on the vine until full maturity. As with grapes and olives, the more mature berries offer a more complex flavor profile. The connoisseur may be able to discern whether coins originated in India, Indonesia or elsewhere. The rest of us just know the familiar spice perks up soups, stews, meats and veggies.

White peppercorns - much like white rice -- are just mature black peppercorns with the outer hull taken off. Oddly, the hull removal and soaking process lead white pepper a more intense flavor than its black counterpart. If black pepper strains your tolerance for spice, white pepper might really be too much for you. White pepper is often used in white or light-colored sauces, such as Bearnaise, to preserve the blond look if you will. But if a milder flavor is more your style, stick with black or green.

Green peppercorns are actually picked early. Thus, the green color and less intense flavor. Some cooks prefer green corns for fish and vegetables.

Pink corns -- which appear as red to the uninitiated-- are not peppercorns at all. They are berries that offer a slightly sweet flavor.

The fun part comes in combining the flavors of two or more of these types of corns. Add white and black in varying proportions to your grinder, and test out the results. Since you can find scores of products of each pepper color from a range of origins and producers, the possibilities are endless. Of course, you can find pre-packaged combos of, for instance, green, black and red corns, on many a retail shelf.


#10.Ozeri Graviti Pro Electric Pepper Mill and Grinder


Designed for one-handed operation, the sleek and stylish Ozeri Graviti Pro Electric Pepper Grinder automatically activates when inverted for effortless dispensing of freshly ground seasonings. The elegantly designed Gravity Pro boasts a transparent storage container for your fresh peppercorn or salt and a top-mounted grind adjustor that never leaves a trail or mess. Also featuring a fingerprint-resistant ultra-soft grip, the attention-grabbing Ozeri Graviti Pro is equally at home in the hand of a fast-paced cook as it is on any elegantly set dining table.


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#9.Eparé Battery Operated Pepper Mill and Grinder


This innovative one hand use system is ideal for food preparation. Just push one soft touch button on the top of the mill and it will begin to automatically grind your favorite pepper, kosher salt, or rock salt. Get the perfect degree of fineness by easily twisting a dial on the bottom.
The Eparé mill has a powerful motor and grinder powered by 4 AA batteries. The clear acrylic container is easy to fill without making a mess and the salt and pepper levels are easy to see. The durable rust-proof ceramic grinder located on the bottom has a cap to keep your table free of salt and pepper dust. There is even a blue led light that shines on the food as the grinder operates.


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#8.OXO Good Grips Pepper Grinder


In the kitchen or at the dining table, the OXO Good Grips Salt & Pepper Grinder Set is always in season. The Grinders are easily adjustable from fine to coarse grind and rest flat when upside down for easy refilling. Non-corrosive ceramic grinders won’t absorb flavors or odors and are positioned at the top of the Grinders so as not to leave a mess on the counter or table. The Grinders have a soft, non-slip grip for comfortable grinding. Stainless steel accents and clear bodies give the Grinders kitchen-to-table appeal – great for preparing and serving meals. Sold filled with sea salt and black peppercorns.


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#7.Sage Kitchenware Stainless Steel Black Pepper or Salt Mill Strong Ceramic Grinder Mechanism, 8.5" L


Essential addition to your kitchen making grinding your condiments a pleasure. The best pepper grinder for your table, your guests are sure to comment on the modern style and design of your condiment set. 1) Does not send unwelcome lumps of pepper onto your meal. Do not hold the clear window when grinding. 2) All materials are of the highest quality. 3) Directions for use and care are on the box your grinder will arrive in. Savor the flavor of freshly ground dried herbs, spices, pepper or salt. 4) Try combinations such as, dried rosemary, garlic salt, and black pepper which is great on your lamb meals. 5) Sea salt, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, paprika and smoked chili is a great mix for chicken or fish. 6) Create your own, it gives you that professional chef feeling. 7) After using for spices, grind some sea salt to clear residue before your next mix.


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#6.Zassenhaus from Kuchenprofi Speyer 5.1-Inch Dark Stained Beech Pepper Mill


Zassenhaus began in 1867 as an export store supplying small steel goods and hand tools. Then in 1904, the foundation for the future success was laid with the introduction of pepper mills. In 2000 Zassenhaus invented the first continuously adjustable grinding mechanism made from high-quality German ceramic. Zassenhaus products are distinctive and unique and solidify our position as the leading supplier of premium spice and coffee mills. A mill is as good as its grinding mechanism as this alone determines how much flavor and aroma are released when the spices are ground. Zassenhaus patented German ceramic mechanism is for peppercorns, sea salt, spices, and dried herbs. Each mill features six different adjustments from rough to fine grind.


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#5.Unicorn Magnum Pepper Mill 6" Black


Quick loading, large storage, an extraordinary range of grind size, with an oversize milling mechanism for very fast grinding. A serving tray is included to help contain pepper dust. 6" high in black for pepper. The Magnum and the Magnum Plus are our most aggressive grinders. If you use a lot of pepper, these are for you. The grind size will range from medium fine to extra coarse by adjusting the thumb screw on the bottom. Our other grinders, the Keytop, Pepperstick, and Peppergun use our standard size precisely cut steel mechanism that will grind somewhat finer. You can click on the product images to see the different sizes of the milling mechanisms.


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#4.Peugeot 23485 Paris u'Select 9-Inch Pepper Mill, Chocolate


There are many benefits to freshly grinding pepper, salt, herbs and spices for cooking and seasoning. A quality mill with a specifically designed grinding mechanism will release the aromas and essential oils of that spice. Freshly ground pepper and spices have more aroma and better flavor than pre- ground. Another advantage of using freshly ground spices or minerals (salts) is the control a mill provides for determining the coarseness (size) of a grind. A high-quality pepper, salt or spice mill gives you the ability to choose and change the coarseness according to taste or necessity.


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#3.Trudeau 716946 8" "Gravity Plus" Electronic Pepper mill, Multicolor


At Trudeau Corporation we are proud to be recognized as a leader in the design and development of kitchenware and housewares products. Since 1889, four successive generations have managed Trudeau Corporation, instilling the values of family and tradition into our corporate culture. We owe our success to the efforts of an experienced and dedicated team, to the creative input of talented design partners and to the expertise of our carefully chosen manufacturers.


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#2.Pepper Mill Imports Atlas Pepper Mill, Copper, 9-Inch


This Atlas 9 inch copper pepper mill is hand made in Greece using the same methods used for the past 300 years with durable all metal bodies and a tool steel grinding mechanism built to last. Atlas mills are the origin of the phrase "pepper grinder" since these mills actually grind the pepper. Common pepper mills only smash the peppercorns, which severely limits the flavor release. The Atlas mill is a unique piece of European tradition that is functionally the best in the world!


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#1.Peugeot 24079 Zeli Electric 5.9 Inch Pepper Mill, Brushed Chrome


There are many benefits to freshly grinding pepper, salt, herbs and spices for cooking and seasoning. A quality mill with a specifically designed grinding mechanism will release the aromas and essential oils of that spice. Freshly ground pepper and spices have more aroma and better flavor than pre- ground. Another advantage of using freshly ground spices or minerals (salts) is the control a mill provides for determining the coarseness (size) of a grind. A high-quality pepper, salt or spice mill gives you the ability to choose and change the coarseness according to taste or necessity.


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