poofy review Swissmar Uma 6 Inch Pepper Mill
It is easy to get a bit snobby when it comes to pepper mills, since there are some really good looking highly functional ones available. If you want to spend twenty or thirty dollars more than this one costs, there are plenty of options. My favorite is Cole and Mason H59401G Derwent Precision Gourmet Pepper Mill. It's high tech and works perfectly, and it looks stylish.
This one is plastic and inexpensive looking and yet, it does what a pepper mill should. You can adjust the coarseness of the pepper easily. I find that you can indeed get exactly the grind you want from the finest to the most course. But the really good feature of this is that it holds an entire bottle of peppercorns. Also, and this is extra helpful, the grinder is on the top, so you don't get flakes of pepper on the table underneath this.
Having a pepper mill is fast becoming a necessity, for chefs and those of us who simply can appreciate the fact that freshly ground pepper simply tastes better on food than pre-ground. For salads, having a fairly course grade of ground pepper really can enhance the greens, and I love my Ceasar Salads. I either want freshly ground pepper on them, or none at all.
I use this one to grind my flaxseeds before adding them to my morning oatmeal, and don't feel that I need an expensive pepper mill for that job. I simply grind the flax onto the oatmeal. This works great for that. I keep this in the fridge to keep the flaxseeds fresh.
This is an inexpensive version of a pepper mill, but it grinds the pepper, or flax in my case, and does it easily. I actually think it looks pretty cute, at least for the kitchen, if not for the dining room. If you don't need a fancy pepper mill, or won't be using one often enough to justify buying a more expensive one, this one is perfectly fine. I can't promise it will last for years, but with careful handling, it might. There is a ten year warranty on the mechanism. I can recommend this.
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