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Claire - Salt and Pepper Mills PLUS

How do you rate the Zassenhaus salt and pepper mills?

12th April 2010 20:42

Zassenhaus is a famous mill brand, along with other Zassenhaus cookware. Until about 5 years ago the Zassenhaus pepper mill mechanism was made from stainless steel, as was the salt mill. Now the mills have been relaunched and brought into the country with a new ceramic mechanism.

How do I rate these? Well, as you may know, I think that ceramic mechanisms are particularly good for salt, as they tolerate a degree of moisture in the salt that a stainless steel mechanism will note. However, Zassenhaus are still recommending a DRY sea salt to used, even in their ceramic grinders, so this does rather reduce their superiority over the stainless steel Peugeot salt mechanism for example.

In terms of the Zassenhaus pepper mill, I think that a stainless steel grinder is preferable to ceramic - it is sharper and cuts the pepper better, so a Peugeot is probably a better bet.

Saying all the above, the Zassenhaus mills are good and their quality control has been good. Peugeot have let through more problem mills recently and Zassenhaus' record compares favourably.

Final comment, I still believe that the Peugeot mill bodies are the best in terms of material and build. I compared them to a Zassenhaus the other day - both lacquered - and the Peugeot won hands down.

A brand to watch which has a ceramic salt mill and a stainless steel pepper is Top Gourmet Cilio mills - a recently launched brand from ex manufacturers for Peugeot. They have had a few teething problems on quality control and colour matching - the usual things with a new production line - but I think that Cilio has the potential to outclass Peugeot in the end.

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