Monday, July 30, 2012
Why I Bought (and Love) a $35 Pepper Grinder
My mom taught me that it is better to spend more money on one thing of high quality than several things of lower quality. A good lesson in general, but bad because I always seem to like the more expensive item.
I thought I went the more costly route a few years ago when I bought a pepper grinder from Crate and Barrel. Apparently $16.95 is affordable for a pepper grinder, even one that is called a "pepper mill." I learned this yesterday when I went in search of a new pepper grinder because my Crate and Barrel contraption is broken.
After walking in and out of Crate and Barrel (three employees stood behind the cash register talking, so no greeting for customers), I remembered that my used-to-live-in-Cali-but-now-live-in-Boston-friends gave me a gift card to Sur La Table for my birthday. So, I ventured in there. A very nice employee, Chris, immediately greeted me and showed me the pepper grinders. In fact he was so helpful that he tried to show me how to open one of the grinders, and ended up spilling an entire container full of whole peppercorns when the bottom of the grinders unexpectedly dropped to the floor.
Sur La Table has a very nice selection of pepper grinders. Of course the one I wanted, the Cole and Mason Keswick Wood model cost $35. Yikes. That was much more than I planned to spend, and it probably falls into the reasonable-range at Sur La Table (there was a $90 model). But, I was in there because I had a gift card to spend, and isn't that what gift cards are for - to buy something for yourself that you normally wouldn't? At least that's what I think.
This is a good investment! I am only two meals into using this mill, but I love it. It grinds pepper much better than my old one did, and it has six preset grind levels that you set from the outside (see my picture). It may not be a Peugeot, but the Cole and Mason also has a lifetime warranty on the grinding mechanism.