I love to cook and I love creating new dishes and traditional ones. For years I had been struggling with recreating the flavors in my grandmother’s famous pot pie. I have reviewed and followed the step-by-step instructions. All I got is something close but not the exact dish I was trying to recreate. I finally had to get my grandmother into my kitchen to get her to do it whilst I watched. She was doing it exactly as I did it, and then it dawned on me, that my “pinch” of salt and pepper was a pinch of finely ground iodized table salt and fine black pepper that while my Nana was using real sea salt and peppercorns ground straight from a pepper mill. It has been a couple of years since I was introduced to the wonder and the flavors that freshly ground pepper add to any dish, I became a little obsessed with pepper mills. So now that I know the secret of my Nana’s great dishes, freshly ground peppercorn and sea salt.
The grinder that I had bought to match with my other utensils started acting up recently and I was forced to look for a new grinder. It’s amazing how many pepper grinders there are on the market and how they all claim to be the best pepper mills. There are electric pepper mills and traditional ceramic and wooden mills, grinders that still require manual cranking and those that don’t as well grinders that can be operated with one hand and some that are battery operated. In my shopping expedition, I learned a thing or two about choosing the best pepper mills.
I encountered various mills that easily crank up the desired size and amount of pepper. The great ones that come highly recommended have size selectors to help you to adjust the grinding size. A lot of people have a problem with the crank mechanism and but the best pepper mills have a crank mechanism that is easy to use, the best thing of all is that they remove the trial and error, and take away the “pinch” method of seasoning. I have built up a small collection of pepper mills over the year, some are too special for the dining room so I have had to look at contemporary designs within rustic wooden types, ceramic types, sleek modern designed electrical with a simple push-button mechanism. I’m planning g to get a pocket grinder for travel. Sounds strange and weird but it comes in handy in different situations.