When it comes to quality and durability, no salt or pepper grinders can come close to them. Now, you may think all pepper mills or salt mills are the same but you may want to rethink that.
Due to their high-quality performance and sturdiness, Peugeot’s salt and pepper mills are a hot favorite with residential and commercial kitchens across the globe. Renowned chefs and world-class restaurants swear by Peugeot products due to their superior performance, affordability, and lifetime warranty.
Frankly speaking, Peugeot had been manufacturing salt and pepper grinders way before they got into the car business.
In 1810, Peugeot transformed its ancestral mill into a steel manufacturing unit, producing everything from sewing machines, saw blades, etc. Only in 1890 did they start making cars.
Peugeot salt mills
Peugeot salt grinders are meticulously crafted with 18/10 stainless steel to prevent corrosion even after prolonged exposure to salt. Now, that brings us to the question - What is the 18/10 grinding mechanism?
Number 18 represents the percentage of chromium mixed with stainless steel. Similarly, the number 10 denotes the percentage of nickel. When mixed with stainless steel, both these elements create a defensive coating that is extremely resistant to corrosion and rust.
Apart from the two metals, what separates Peugeot salt mills from others is the physical design of its mechanism. It’s salt crushing mechanism is unique, in the sense that the design consists of several ridge-like plates moving simultaneously with each other to disunify salt and then crush it, thereby grinding it perfectly.
With this innovative technology, it enables you to crush salt to the required consistency rather than reducing it merely to a fine powder. No matter what kind of salt it is - Himalayan, rock salt, or others, Peugeot salt grinders can crush it as per your requirements.
Designed with such precision and finesse, Peugeot's products are guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Unlike salt grinders, Peugeot pepper mills don’t use regular stainless steel. On the contrary, Peugeot uses case-hardened steel with exacting machining to ensure the pepper mills’ durability and long-term performance.
Let us go into the details. In the elaborate case-hardening procedure, the grinding head and ring are heated to an extremely high temperature, although just below the melting point.
This process, known as tempering, reduces the brittleness of the metal and reduces internal stress. The result is exceptionally hard inner mechanisms that form the base of these pepper mills.
Manufactured in Besancon, southwestern France, these pepper mills have a double row of grooves maneuvering the peppercorns and holding them in place during the grinding process.
Both these grooves serve their purpose, the outer ring and the grinding tool within. The rotary files or the grinding tools in the outer grooves direct the peppercorns into the channel and crack them. The rotary files of the small grooves ensure that the peppercorns are finely ground.
For best results, rotate the pepper mills clockwise, resulting in excellent speed and output. Originally, this mechanism was developed by the Peugeot brothers for coffee mills but they were later adapted in 1874 to create pepper mills.
Over the years, extensive experience plus trial and error have resulted in hard-wearing pepper mills with a limited, lifetime warranty. Please note that the limited lifetime warranty does not cover rust. Keep your mills dry and never use pepper mills to grind salt.
Use and maintenance
Both the salt and pepper mills are available in wood, acrylic, or metal bodies. Wipe them with a moist cloth and keep them clean to ensure their longevity. Never wash your mill and every once in a while, put a drop of mineral on the top nut. When not in use for extended periods, remove the salt/peppercorns.
Make sure that the peppercorns are no more than 5mm in diameter. For salt, the recommended size is 4mm. If used properly, both salt and pepper mills can last forever.