The Best Pepper Mills: Unlocking the flavor of Peppercorns
A pepper grinder (or pepper mill) is a specialized kind of spice grinder, designed to grind peppercorns. Peppercorns are the dried fruit from the Piper Nigrum vine, native to Southern India, but now growing in other tropical regions as well. There are several varieties of pepper including black pepper, white pepper, green pepper, orange/red pepper and pink pepper. They come from different plants, different stages of ripeness, or are given different treatments (e.g. preserved before drying). Originally, cooks used mortar and pestle to grind peppercorns, but around the 14th century pepper grinders came onto the scene.
The Introduction of Modern Pepper Mills
Many believe that the modern pepper grinder was invented by the Peugeot company, when, in 1874, the first Peugeot pepper mill was introduced (click to read more about Peugeot Pepper Mills). Now we have many choices when it comes to selecting the best pepper mill for our tastes – coming in various sizes, finishes, grind options and price points.
Selecting the Best Pepper Mill
To choose the best pepper mill, it helps to know where you’ll be using it (kitchen, dining room, or both), what kind of look you’re after (modern vs. traditional vs. exotic), how often you are willing to refill it, whether you want a large or small mill, whether you want a matching salt and pepper grinder set, pricing considerations, and how it fares in the reviews. The set of pepper mills presented in the comparison chart below was narrowed down to the top pepper mills with larger numbers of sales, high numbers of positive reviews, and made by reputable manufacturers.
Which Pepper Mill is Best For You?
Did you find a pepper mill that works for your home or restaurant? Is there a favorite one missing? If so, let us know in the comments!