I'd like to get another pepper grinder, one that can grind from fine to very coarse, almost like cracked pepper. My current grinder does not grind coarsely enough. Any suggestions?
Totally agree! If you want something that looks pretty, well there are hundreds out there. The Magnum however, is a cooks tool that does the job and that is all that matters to me. Fantastic grindage!
I wanted a good pepper mill and recently bought the Peugeot U-Select 9"
I like it a lot. I've never use the Atlas so I can't make any comparisons. The U-select feature is used to adjust the grind. The bottom few inches of the mill can be twisted relative to the rest of the body which allows a quick alteration of the grind and it has reference marks for personal preference. The mill comes with a tiny little guide attached that mentions the peppercorns should be 5mm or smaller.
Just to be sure that size wasn't going to be an issue at the same time I bought the..
..a 1 lb package of Tllicherry whole peppercorns, on arrival I emptied the mill and filled it with the Tellicherry. No problems and the first words out of the wife's mouth were "restaurant pepper". Our last lexon mill had broken and we were limited to the canned pepper for quite a while. The 1lb of peppercorns is $13 and just about filled up a quart jar. I don't think we'll need pepper anytime soon (but If someone has a favorite pepper I'd love to hear about it).
I'm not pumping Amazon which frequently doesn't have the best price, it's that I took out a one month free trial to Amazon Prime for the benefit of free 2nd day shipping. OK, not that I believe anything is really free, they're hoping you keep the membership at an annual cost of about $80, I didn't! None the less, the "free shipping" motivated me to make some extra purchases, including the Pepper Mill.
I almost forgot the most important part, to actually address your question. I normally grind towards the fine side but I used the U-Select and switched the mill over to the most coarse setting, I don't know how this compares with your mill but here is the result.
That is cheating ? Yikes ! (run a peppercorn acrross a grater ? I am still doing that ! ) ...............Not
Then I would hate to think what you thought of my:
Two shots in my expresso.....you know for those tired days when you can't lift a spoon anymore...
Its about the only kitchen gadget I think is cute.
Réalisé avec un soupçon d'amour.
I remember when Alton Brown used a standard pepper mill to which he attached a cordless screw gun to the grinder shaft and voila! The grind-o-matic 5000...
...one heavy duty honkin' pepper mill.
If memory serves me correctly he measured the ground pepper production by timing the thing in seconds.
For me though I think that I am going to try one of the Atlas grinders. They seem really well built and look sexy to boot.
We have had numerous positive feedback about the Vic Firth Grinders. Made in the USA and feature a Lifetime Warranty.
Their website is: http://www.vicfirthgourmet.com/
Most of the positive remarks were about the lock and grind system--you set it, then lock it so your settings don't change with use. Also, the heavy-duty, two-step grinding.
hi i am not sure if you got your pepper mill yet but i just bought a beautiful one from www.chefpeppermills.com and a friend of mine said she bought her at www.exoticwoodspeppermills.com (note the woods is plural). I had another one but can't find it, as soon as I do, i will post it.
have a great day!
I've used a couple of Vic Firth's for about 10 years now. Excellent mills. Love the way the grind settings don't change when you refill it. Lots of models/shapes to choose from, but I'm surprised he hasn't made one that looks like a giant drumstick.