How to Pick a Peppermill
With the overwhelming selection of pepper and salt mills on the market today, how does one begin to pick a peppermill that is the right one? Good question, I say. Here are a few things you might want to ask yourself to help your search.
First, is this peppermill for yourself, or is it a gift?
If the peppermill and salt mill is for yourself, it’s pretty straightforward.
- Are you an avid cook?
- Do you entertain family and friends at the dinner table?
Do you envision this as a peppermill set for the kitchen or dining room?
If you are using the mill in the kitchen as you cook, you should pick a peppermill with wood that will contrast and stand out on your kitchen countertops. Think of it as jewelry on a plain dress or a colorful pillow on a dark brown sofa. The peppermill should pop in your kitchen because, let’s face it, it signals to everyone that you are a serious cook who knows what you are doing!
Pick a Peppermill for your kitchen...
Is your kitchen warm and cozy, like a tray of freshly baked cinnamon buns? Do you have a farmhouse feel in your kitchen, or are you into retro or even steampunk? The antique peppermill and saltmill collection may be just what your heart desires. In that case, pick a peppermill with wood that appeals to your eye. But one word of caution, trying to match your set to the wood on your table is a no-no… it’s like choosing a painting to match your couch. You want your peppermill set to stand out on the table, not blend into it.
Pick a Peppermill for your dining room...
The antique peppermill collection is also an excellent choice for the dining room since there will be no shortage of conversation as your guests turn the grinder handle to pepper their food. The matching salt mill filled with Cherry smoked sea salt (my favorite) will treat your guests to a new, unique taste that they will be asking you about for some time. For more conversation starters, pick a peppermill with metal inlay or peppercorn and salt inlay and watch your guests try to figure out how the artist accomplished these delightful little accents.
If you always wanted your celebrations to feel like your guests are dining in a five-star restaurant, then go for the 10-inch peppermill or taller and pepper their food “Maitre-de” style. They will feel like royalty!
Pick a Peppermill as a gift...
If the peppermill and salt mill is a gift, you have made an excellent choice, no matter which peppermill set you choose. This is a gift that will be touched several times every day, and your thoughtfulness in selecting a set will be remembered for years to come. If you don’t know the recepient’s personal style, as is so often the case, pick a peppermill and salt mill in exotic wood. A bright red or black mill will go with any décor. Answering the same questions as you would for yourself in picking a peppermill will help narrow down your search.
I hope this small tutorial has helped in your search for a great peppermill and salt mill. Using unique peppermill and salt mills can make for some exciting accents in your décor, your cooking and your dinner conversations.
Special Order Peppermills
Because all of Ted’s pepper and salt mills are turned one-at-a-time on the lathe, each have a unique wood grain design. If you see a mill that is available for sale, it is the exact mill you will receive upon ordering. If you like the style of a mill that has been sold, please call or email and Ted can custom make one for you from a similar piece of wood or even from a small section of a beloved tree from your backyard!