When families sit down to enjoy a delicious dinner, a set of shakers often adorns the table. Interspersed throughout the meal and conversation is often the request for someone to please pass the salt. While dining at a fine restaurant, a waiter may ask, "Would you like freshly ground pepper on your meal?" Why do they offer that? Isn't the pepper out of the shaker just as good? As a matter of fact, it isn't. Using a grinder or a mill to crush the peppercorns shortly before eating will add the best quality and flavor to your food. Mills also have the ability to change the size of the ground peppercorns from coarse to fine, depending on your preference.
Pepper mills or sea salt grinders may be hand-held or electric and come in a variety of sizes; they can be as small as two and a half inches or as tall as eighteen inches. They can be made out of wood, carbon steel, glass, plastic and stainless steel, or a combination of these materials. In selecting a mill made out of wood, you may choose among beech, olive, walnut, mahogany or maple types or finishes.
The hand-held variety is usually cheaper and it requires the use of both hands to operate. The electric mills are easier to use but they are also noisier.
When preparing food, such as raw meat, an electric grinder would be the better choice. This would allow you to move the meat with one hand while pressing the grinding button with the other. Some of the grinders also come with a light on the bottom that increases visibility. Another aspect of the electric mill is that the batteries would need to be replaced frequently in some models. Other grinder models use rechargeable batteries that are called nickel-metal hydride, or NiMh, batteries. Using the rechargeable batteries will save time and money since you will not need to purchase new batteries every few months.
One thing to keep in mind when deciding which grinder to purchase is the ease of use and refilling it. Some may have directions that are unclear or it may take a lot of effort to unscrew. Some salt shakers are simple to refill but make a mess and waste salt if some was displaced during use. As is the case with all products, do the proper research and ask questions if necessary so that you will experience the best quality that your mill has to offer. Have a look now to see what is available: Buy Salt and Pepper Mills Online.