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Tasting, Check Two

There is nothing as discouraging as a weak pepper mill. Or should I say, there is nothing as satisfying as a good one. The feel in your hands, the sound of a coarse crunch. There are many good pepper mills, of course, but when the good people at Cook’s Illustrated recommended The Magnum as the best of the best, I tried it and was converted. Never mind that it sounds like a vibrator. It is a simple design, efficient and wonderful. I have the bigger model, and if I had to do it again, the small one would do just fine.

Either way, Magnum Force is the way to go.

And yes, that’s what she said.

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1 ms october   ~  Feb 3, 2010 12:01 pm

i have been wanting to invest in a good salt and pepper mill so thanks for the recommendation.

i like the design - not sure about the sound though :}

btw alex have you started watching the wire yet?

2 Chyll Will   ~  Feb 3, 2010 12:21 pm

[0] Never mind that it sounds like a vibrator.

Alex, for all intents and purposes, the way you described it makes it one. Still, I agree that there's nothing so discouraging and frustrating as a weak grinder.

And speaking of grinders, I recently stopped in at 123 Stop Deli on Rt. 9 near the border of Westchester and Putnam Counties; my mother would by heroes there for years on her way to work at GM in Tarrytown. They had the most deliriously tasty and piled-up heroes I'd ever seen and sampled in my life. So for nostalgia's sake I stopped in and ordered a turkey club.

Sadly, they are Under New Management, and suffice to say the magic is long gone. In fact, they took the color, flavor and texture with them and left me wishing I had ordered at Mickey D's along the way instead. (Sigh) Can't go home again.

But to end on an up note, they opened a Jimbo's in my neighborhood, so we are back to Diner Burger Spectacularrr... >;)

3 Alex Belth   ~  Feb 3, 2010 12:23 pm

Hey, you know I've just had too many things going on to get to THE WIRE. I'm only going to watch it when I know I can devote the time to it that it deserves.

4 Diane Firstman   ~  Feb 3, 2010 12:38 pm

[0], [2]

Somehow I can't picture Robert Plant singing ... "baby I wanna grind your pepper with my mill"

5 RIYank   ~  Feb 3, 2010 12:51 pm

I think Alex meant the name sounds like the name of a vibrator. I have one (pepper mill!), and it doesn't make a sound like a vibrator at all.
Not that I would know.

6 ms october   ~  Feb 3, 2010 1:06 pm

[3] alright, totally get that alex. i'm just always looking for intelligent people to discuss the show with.

[5] ohhhhhh! hahahahaha! that was embarrassing - what an idiot.

7 joejoejoe   ~  Feb 3, 2010 1:06 pm

Fun fact: Trailblazers C Greg Oden is also known as the Magnum Pepper Mill

8 Sliced Bread   ~  Feb 3, 2010 1:12 pm

fun fact: The Magnum Pepper Mill was originally going to be called The Pepper Johnson, but the legendary Giants linebacker of the same name fiercely objected.

9 Diane Firstman   ~  Feb 3, 2010 1:17 pm


Comment of the Day nominee!

10 Diane Firstman   ~  Feb 3, 2010 1:18 pm

Then of course there was the thought of calling it the Magnum P.I., but there were concerns that consumers wouldn't know if it were specifically meant for a man, a woman or both.

11 Diane Firstman   ~  Feb 3, 2010 1:19 pm


His body DOES seem to crumble easily ...

12 Sliced Bread   ~  Feb 3, 2010 1:20 pm

[9] sadly, I've been waiting about a decade to crack a Pepper Johnson joke that made any sense.

13 RIYank   ~  Feb 3, 2010 1:43 pm

[12] It was totally worth it.

14 ms october   ~  Feb 3, 2010 1:53 pm

[12] [13] it was. who would think a pepper mill would be so interesting and misunderstood.

i was trying to come up with a crack like "it was worth the wait in pepper" but puns are not my domain.

15 Diane Firstman   ~  Feb 3, 2010 2:37 pm

"You down wit' OPP?" (other people's pepper)

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