If you’re still using pre-ground black pepper for dinner: the time to change is now. Peppercorns lose a lot of their flavor and aromatics when they’re pre-ground, and disposable plastic grinders you can buy at the grocery store aren’t nearly as sustainable (nor cheap in the long run) as a dedicated pepper grinder. A pepper mill can completely change the way you season your dishes, and come in an array of designs—from purely functional to highly elegant. Here, a few of our favorites.
Great Tabletop Option
It’s budget-friendly and a versatile, everyday pick. Amazon
The Kitchen-GO spice mill has a stainless steel grinder top and a glass-bottom that resembles traditional salt and pepper shaker. It’s just the right size for the table, too, at 5 inches tall with a 3/4-cup spice capacity. You can adjust the grind from fine to coarse; and the stainless steel cap stays closed while you do your grinding.
Elegant and traditional design. Amazon
There’s nothing like the elegance of a classic, wooden pepper mill. The Cole & Mason comes in a variety of heights—from a traditional 12.5-inch tall wood design to a more portable 5-inch version. The grinder is made out of machine-cut carbon steel that grinds smoothly and evenly—you can, of course, adjust grind sizes.
For The Lazy
Does the work for you. Amazon
If you’ve never experienced an electric salt or pepper grinder, you owe yourself this special pleasure: just press a button and watch ground pepper shower down. These have adjustable grind sizes, a built-in LED light inside the mill (for dark kitchens and late-night seasonings) and comes with batteries ready to go.