“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” Well this is the precise difference between freshly ground pepper from a pepper mill and pepper from a shaker.
While salt is used in food to enhance its natural flavors, pepper is added for some extra flavor. But once the pepper is ground, it begins to oxidize and quickly startslosing its potency. The process is like it happens with any other fruit where it starts changing color when sliced and exposed to air.
A pepper mill allows the aroma and flavors to be released immediately prior to use, creating a fresher and fuller flavor that can elevate average cooking to the realm of gourmet meals. Freshly ground pepper with few extra seconds actually makes for a more pungent flavor with the release of flavor oils.The peppercorns contain these oils naturally and when ground or cracked, the corns release these flavor elements that present a warm, woody tenor.
Upgrading to a standalone mill allows you to choose what pepper to put into your food, perhaps using a mix of colored peppercorns or only white for light sauces. Ask any chef and they will tell you why not to use a shaker if you are a big peppercorn fan.
So now that you are convinced that you definitely need a mill in your kitchen asap, there are few things you need to consider before investing.
- How much capacity do you need for your family?
- Do you want basic range of grind consistency options or multiple options?
- Design or durability?
These pointers will surely help you to choose from the array of options available in the market. While stainless steel mechanism offers many great models, ceramic also has a good history as a product. But at the end of it all choose the one that is comfortable in your hands and grinds the pepper evenly.