Brass pepper mill 104
Hand made to exacting standards
Grinding mechanism is designed to actually grind the pepper, maximising the flavour and aroma
Metal grinding mechanism adjusts from fine to coarse
Durable all metal body, flanged base for stability
The Brass Pepper Mills company has produced a range of grinding mills since 1977. The design of the mills is based on a coffee mill created in the early 1900’s for Greek soldiers to use in the field. All mills are part hand-made and part manufactured in a small, familyrun factory in Thessaloniki, Northern Greece. Current owner, Polivios Ioannou, is the son of the company founder. Qualities of Brass and Copper: Brass and copper are naturally resistant to corrosion, but like all metals, they do slowly oxidise and change in appearance with touch and with use and through exposure to moisture and oxygen in the air. This process is part of the nature of the metal and brings with it a beautiful patina of use. Over time, the metal will darken and dull off in appearance. Copper can eventually develop areas of warm brown and red and brass will also darken to a reddish tone. However, if users wish to retain a bright polished look, ordinary metal cleaners can be used with a soft cloth to polish the outside of the mill. Brass mills are slightly more resistant to oxidation and pepper mills 402, 403, 404, 412, 413 and 414 are lacquered, which provides some additional resistance to the oxidation process. Excessive exposure to moisture may lead to more extreme corrosion such as bright green-blue to grey colourations, which should be removed and avoided by following the care instructions overleaf. Assembly: Mills 006, 022, 106, 500 and 502 are assembled ready for use. Other mill types may be sold with the handle inside the body of the mill. Unscrew the bolt at the top of the mill and remove the top, take out the handle, replace the lid, place the handle on top of this, and screw the nut down tight. Prior to first use, it is recommended to clean the mechanism by grinding a few peppercorns through the mill and discarding. Instructions for Use: All mills listed as pepper mills are made for grinding standard peppercorns, but may also be used to grind dry spices. Generally it is not recommended to grind larger peppercorns or spices with a soft core in these mills. Never grind salt in a mill intended for pepper, as this will corrode the metal mechanism. To insert peppercorns, unscrew the bolt at the top of the mill and remove the top. Put the corns in the cavity and replace the top and the bolt. Mills 006 and 106 have a trap door for inserting peppercorns. You can determine the coarseness you wish to produce by adjusting the screw at the bottom of the mill. For a finer grind tighten the screw clockwise. Salt mills have a plastic grinding mechanism and are suitable for grinding dry sea salt or rock salt. Avoid “wet” or “grey” sea salt, or salt flakes as these will clog the mechanism. Coffee mills come with a closed cup at their base to collect the ground coffee and are provided with a bigger mechanism since coffee beans are usually bigger in size. Care & maintenance: Care should be taken to avoid excessive exposure to moisture. Never wash or submerge the mill in water and do not put in the dishwasher. Store the mill in a cool dry place. Try to avoid grinding directly over cooking pots, as steam will dampen the salt or pepper in the mill, which may in turn clog the mechanism. If the mill becomes clogged it can be cleaned by removing the top, loosening the mechanism and cleaning it out with a small brush. The outer metal casing will naturally oxidise and change in appearance with touch and with use and through exposure to moisture and oxygen in the air. However, if you wish to keep the mill polished you can use metal cleaners suitable for brass or copper available at most supermarkets. Excessive exposure to moisture may lead to more extreme corrosion such as bright greenblue to grey colourations or ‘verdigris’, which should be cleaned off using a scouring pad, or scrubbed with a half lemon pressed into salt, then wiped clean and dry with a soft cloth.