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There are some fabulous salt and pepper grinders available these days. They add a real flourish in the kitchen and to the meal and the table décor.
They may be bought separately or in sets and come in all shapes, styles, colors and sizes. Made of many different materials, not just glass or wood and they can also can be manually or battery operated.
Battery operated is best for those with limited hand or wrist movement. Both types can be adjusted to suit how fine you particularly like the fineness of your salt or pepper – the finer the pepper, the stronger it usually is. Both can also be used for other spice seasonings depending on your taste. However, strong spices can leave their taste behind, and effect lighter, more subtle spices that are used after.
Some people prefer a basic model grinder and use it in the kitchen only. Others may like to splash out on luxury grinders to have on the dining table when entertaining their guests and each guest can add their own salt and pepper.
The choice is so varied when it comes to grinders and mills that for those who like to add some humor or quirkiness to their table decoration, they can choose something like a Rubik’s cube for example. This can be a great ice breaker especially when getting to know some new friends as well as being quite retro!
There are also antique salt and pepper shakers that are collectors items, some of these could be quite rare and expensive.
Why freshly ground salt and peppercorns are better.
One reason why it is better to grind your own rather than just buy the ground powder is because you can have the coarseness or fineness you prefer. However, the main advantage is the fresh aroma and enhanced taste that adds an extra dimension to the taste of your cooking – a taste that only really comes from freshly ground.
Pepper has been used for centuries for its medicinal purposes. Peppercorns also add extra spice to sausages and salami and it helps to preserve the meat.
Cracked peppercorns are often added to chicken and steaks to coat their surfaces which adds a better crunchy flavour. Peppercorns can be included into creamy sauces to increase their taste and to give them each extra bite. Also, as part of a bouquet garni and peppercorns are often used whole in soups and stews to add extra flavour.
Shall I use sea salt or rock salt?
Sea salt is obtained through evaporation from sea water and has a subtle flavour. It tends to be more pure than it’s counterpart. Table salt is harvested from the minerals in the ground which is why it is also called rock salt. This salt can contains more additives and iodine so it is not a pure salt.
Which salt and pepper grinder shall I choose?
First of all, take a look at your everyday living and if you like to entertain your friends. If you suffer from arthritis a battery operated set may best for you.
Are you using a small kitchen and prefer your utensils to be more practical and have everything to hand or would you like to impress your friends with an elaborate dinning area with classic and elegant or cool and retro.
Would you need a set that is adjustable to give you the flexibility between fine, medium and coarse grains depending on the type of flavor you require?
If you look around especially online you will see the choice is wide and varied so there is sure to be an individual grinder or set that suits your needs.
Remember, if you particularly like a novelty grinder for example, you could always use it to grind your spice instead! Salt and pepper grinders also make great gifts for weddings, anniversaries or welcoming someone into their new home.
Tip: One way to instantly improve the standard of your cooking is by using freshly ground salt and pepper.