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    Default Recommendation for a salt/ pepper mill without plastic grinding?

    Up to now, I've just used the plastic mills that come with the salt/ pepper purchase. The other day, it occurred to me that as the milling surface is plastic, I'm probably getting quite a bit of plastic into my food this way as well.

    Is this an overly cautious take on the situation? And if not, what are some reasonably priced mills that use ceramic/ metallic milling surfaces?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: Recommendation for a salt/ pepper mill without plastic grinding?

    Perfex mills for pepper and salt. Takes a while to get them dialed in on grind. And there is a break in period. And you probably have to fuss with them a little each time you use them. But they are the best for all those reasons. Get the small size if two sizes are available. Then your peppercorns don't go stale and the salt doesn't harden into a rock before you use it up. Plus you'll wonder why nothing is coming out and then realize that the hopper is empty. So then you fill it while your sauce cooks away on the stove. What's the rush?

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    Default Re: Recommendation for a salt/ pepper mill without plastic grinding?

    We've had a brass Atlas pepper mill for about 30 years and it has never failed to please me. It's one of those buy it once and done items.

    http://www.peppermillimports.com/atlas-mills

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    Default Re: Recommendation for a salt/ pepper mill without plastic grinding?

    Quote Originally Posted by echappist View Post
    Up to now, I've just used the plastic mills that come with the salt/ pepper purchase. The other day, it occurred to me that as the milling surface is plastic, I'm probably getting quite a bit of plastic into my food this way as well.

    Is this an overly cautious take on the situation? And if not, what are some reasonably priced mills that use ceramic/ metallic milling surfaces?

    Thanks in advance.
    Thanks for giving me something else to worry about.

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    Default Re: Recommendation for a salt/ pepper mill without plastic grinding?

    Quote Originally Posted by echappist View Post
    Up to now, I've just used the plastic mills that come with the salt/ pepper purchase. The other day, it occurred to me that as the milling surface is plastic, I'm probably getting quite a bit of plastic into my food this way as well.

    Is this an overly cautious take on the situation? And if not, what are some reasonably priced mills that use ceramic/ metallic milling surfaces?

    Thanks in advance.
    No need to worry, the trace pharmaceuticals from the entire US population in your water supplies will kill you long before the little trace plastics from your mill. . .

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    Default Re: Recommendation for a salt/ pepper mill without plastic grinding?

    We've got one of these, no complaints, it's got ceramic grinders. I like the "upside-down" design to reduce mess.

    https://a.co/d/ePpDNBg
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    +1 on Perfex plus it’s oh-so-French.
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    Default Re: Recommendation for a salt/ pepper mill without plastic grinding?

    I recently replaced one with Fletcher's Mill and I'm happy with it. That said, I don't think Peugeot could be a wrong answer here.

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    I use an Ironwood mortar & pestle !
    Works amazing & you have control over your grain size

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    Default Re: Recommendation for a salt/ pepper mill without plastic grinding?

    I have a peugeot pepper mill. It works well.

    We also have a molcajete, a mexican mortar made of vesicular basalt, that we use to grind spices and herbs to make sauces.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sk_tle View Post
    I have a peugeot pepper mill. It works well.

    We also have a molcajete, a mexican mortar made of vesicular basalt, that we use to grind spices and herbs to make sauces.
    There's an awesome seafood dish called a Molcajete which is served in a huge one with raw shrimp, citrus, avocado and vegetables all mashed up, it's typical of the state of Sinaloa, super good !

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    Default Re: Recommendation for a salt/ pepper mill without plastic grinding?

    You drink more plastic microspheres than you ever will eat out of a pepper grinder.
    Get a mortar and pestle, grind 10-1 sea salt and black pepper, put it in a container and put some plastic over it. This is what we do in professional kitchens. If you want that fresh pepper, just grind up some peppercorn in it and sprinkle. Takes maybe 45 seconds.

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    Default Re: Recommendation for a salt/ pepper mill without plastic grinding?

    I wondered the same thing and quickly forgot about it...

    We have 3 types of pepper mills.

    One is a Peugeot with an olive tree body. A little adjustment is possible. It's pretty and works well. We use it for black pepper.

    Another is a Cartier with a Peter Piper gut. There is no scope for adjustment and produces a fine grind. We use it for white pepper.

    The last is a Perfex. It is the most adjustable. We use it for Szechuan pepper.

    All are at least 30 years old.

    For some cheap supermarket pink salt, I'm using the plastic mill that comes with the bottle and have wondered if the salt eats into the plastic... No grinders for all other salts.
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    Default Re: Recommendation for a salt/ pepper mill without plastic grinding?

    Yeah, I realized afterwards I probably over-thought this. I'll probably get the Oxo branded ones and call it good.

    Thanks again for the suggestions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vertical_doug View Post
    No need to worry, the trace pharmaceuticals from the entire US population in your water supplies will kill you long before the little trace plastics from your mill. . .
    This. Is. The. Real. Thing. To. Be. Afraid. Of.

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