I don't want to buy yet another one!

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I'm sure somone here can help me! We always use black pepper, but have had a succession of pepper mills. In the end, they all seem incapable of grinding properly. What can I do to put them right? I don't keep them where they can get particularly damp, so what's the answer??
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  • karren
    karren Forumite Posts: 1,260 Forumite
    I buy the cheap disposable ones now, can be found in pundstrecher etc, about a pound or something full of corns
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  • Living_proof
    Living_proof Forumite Posts: 1,918
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    I have been through a few in my life and my main complaint is the mess that they leave as there is always some powdery stuff left in the bottom of the mill which falls all over when you next pick it up. A friend has some upside-down ones which seem more successful and I think the supermarket ones are just as good as the named varieties.
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  • gillypkk
    gillypkk Forumite Posts: 581 Forumite
    i use ones that are metal. they normally have a metal grinder for the salt ones and a plastic grinder for the pepper so i buy them individually and buy 2 salt ones. first set got broken when they were dropped the 2nd lost in a move and this set have lasted well over 2 years and still going strong!
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  • Mrs_Chip
    Mrs_Chip Forumite Posts: 1,819 Forumite
    The best make are supposed to be Peugeot:


    I have used one at someone else's house and promised myself I would replace mine with one when it wears out. They are a lilltle bit more expensive, but come with a lifetime guarantee.
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  • Ben84
    Ben84 Forumite Posts: 3,069
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    Aldi sell inexpensive glass and plastic mills filled with peppercorns that seem to last well, I've been using one in the kitchen and refilling it for some time now. If/when it does eventually wear out it won't be terribly costly to throw it out and replace with another one.

    I use a nicer one in the dining room which is made of teak and at least 30 years old. No idea of brand, but it's still working well, so if you can find an old one that has made it this far chances are it's a good one.
  • ixia
    ixia Forumite Posts: 1,338 Forumite
    I just use the disposable ones think I paid 89p in Home Bargains
    MRSTITTLEMOUSE Forumite Posts: 8,547 Forumite
    I use the disposable ones too in the kitchen.
    We do have some metal ones for the dining table but have no idea who made them since they're over 30 yeras old and they still work like new.
  • freakyogre
    freakyogre Forumite Posts: 1,465 Forumite
    I'm not sure how to make them work again, some just don't seem to last!

    I bought these last year after getting fed up of rubbish mills. I got them in a local shop and they were a bit cheaper than Amazon (just over £40 in total) but I am so glad I bought them, they're fab!
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  • midnightraven3
    midnightraven3 Forumite Posts: 2,720
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    another frustrated pepper mill owner
    i have used from the cheap to the ridiculously expensive
    nothing works long term

    pestle & mortar for me now
    easy and no mess
  • quintwins
    quintwins Forumite Posts: 5,179
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    i use disposable ones aswell mines about 2 years old and was 89p from poundstretcher and still has loads left, i've seen them in poundland aswell
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