Peppermill that is! If there is one spice in the kitchen that Katt and I can agree should belong in just about every meal, its’ pepper. As a matter of fact on one of the very first dates Katt and I ever went on I actually stole a pepper mill. It occurred while at a restaurant in Las Vegas, the pepper mill on the table worked so well that it left when we did. It continued to serve us well on the remainder of the trip. Many dates and pepper grinds later Katt and I needed a new mill, something that would hold up to the demands of a high pepper use household and some serious au poivre action. All of our research and testing lead us to one grinder, the Magnum by Unicorn Peppermills. Hit the jump for the full run down.
After trying about a dozen different pepper grinders at various kitchen stores we came to the conclusion that all pepper mills just suck and we would just have to settle on something that looked nice. That all changed during some extended research when we started seeing some amazingly positive reviews for the Magnum peppermill from Unicorn. After finding a store locally that carried them we purchased one without having tried it first based solely on the reviews we had read. This was one of the best purchase decisions we have ever made.
Anyone who has ever shopped for high end peppermills will tell you that at $45.00 the Magnum actually represents a bargain. Some “high end” peppermills can easily run 80-100 dollars with results that cannot even compare to the Magnum. The first thing you will notice about the Magnum is its appearance. Unlike most peppermills available the Magnum is all about function. No fancy wood, copper, or clear acrylic. Ok let’s be honest if this bothers you than get a cheap wood peppermill or some antique to leave out on the table and whip out your Magnum when you actually want some pepper. In addition to the nonsense looks you will get a mill that requires no crazy contortions to grind pepper and no instruction manual necessary to fill it. Speaking of filling, this mill simply swallows up the pepper corns, simply slide the plastic ring around the middle to expose the fill hole and pour in the pepper. Since we use so much pepper around the Flavourgasmic kitchen having a huge capacity was a big plus and with the Magnum there is not a lot of wasted space. Even with the large capacity Katt and I will probably be moving up to the Magnum Plus, this taller cousin of the Magnum holds a whopping 1 ¼ cups of pepper corns, easily enough for a couple days in our kitchen. Keep this in mind if you use a lot of pepper.
Now about the grind, one of the biggest down falls of most peppermills is grind consistency. On non-adjustable models you will get everything from pepper dust to pieces that seem larger then the pepper corns you filled the damn thing with. On most adjustable models you will spend hours finely tuning the adjustment only having it go wildly out of adjustment when you are trying to pick up some beautiful girl with your precisely dialed in pepper grind. “It happens to all guys” she will say as she takes her pepper needs elsewhere. Yep you heard it here getting a Magnum peppermill almost guarantee getting the hot chicks. Joking aside the Magnum is an adjustable mill, but my god will it hold a setting. Adjust it to cracked pepper and guess what? You get cracked pepper. In a week you get more cracked pepper, a year even more. I think you get the point, not only is the Magnum easy to dial in the grind it will hold it! Katt and I like a coarser grind and in 3 years and what seems like several hundred pounds of pepper later it hasn’t changed a bit. This friend is what peppermills are all about!
While it may not be the prettiest girl at the prom, the Magnum is certainly a lot more fun to play with. If you can get past the rugged plastic looks you will be rewarded with a peppermill that should last you the rest of your life and remains as consistent as the day you bought it. Whether you are looking for a new mill or just about ready to rectally insert your current model into the person responsible for making it do yourself a favour and check out Unicorn Peppermills.