Peugeot 19501 Tidore 4.25 Inch Nutmeg Grinder, Clear Acrylic
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- Made in France since 1842 Lifetime warranty on mechanism
- Mechanism made of case hardened steel
- Grating/Shaving blades are made of stainless steel
- Shipped with 7 nutmegs
- Wipe exterior with damp cloth to clean
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Advantage of Freshly Ground Spices
There are many benefits to freshly grinding pepper, salt, herbs and spices for cooking and seasoning. A quality mill with a specifically designed grinding mechanism will release the aromas and essential oils of that spice. Freshly ground pepper and spices have more aroma and better flavor than pre- ground. Another advantage of using freshly ground spices or minerals (salts) is the control a mill provides for determining the coarseness (size) of a grind. A high quality pepper, salt or spice mill gives you the ability to choose and change the coarseness according to taste or necessity.
How to Choose a Good Mill
When looking for a pepper, salt or spice grinder, consider the following:
Grinding mechanism: Choose a grinding mechanism that can withstand daily use: one that is well made and produces a consistent grind. Ideally, the grinding mechanism should be designed to handle a specific spice, as each spice has different physical characteristics that will benefit from different design features.
Design and appearance: Whether it's traditional or modern, manual or electric, a mill can be an indispensable tool in your kitchen and a beautiful part of table decor.
Ease of Use: A quality mill should be easy to adjust, easy to fill, and feel comfortable in the hand.
History of Peugeot
Peugeot's story starts in the 19th century when the Peugeot brothers converted the family's gristmill into a steel foundry. They began producing award winning hand tools immediately after opening and went on to produce a diverse range of exceptional quality products including small appliances, bicycles and most notably, automobiles. (Although now operating as a separate company, the Peugeot car company continues the same commitment to quality and innovation that is a Peugeot hallmark). In 1840 Peugeot created their burr style coffee grinder and adopted that design to accommodate peppercorns in 1874. The resulting pepper mechanism design is still used today in every Peugeot pepper mill. Peugeot's iconic pepper grinding mechanism design is often copied, but never equaled. Today, Peugeot offers six unique spice-specific mechanisms plus the original burr-style coffee grinder. There are no shortcuts: each mechanism is designed to get the most out of the spices they are intended for. After more than 160 years, Peugeot mills and grinders remain the benchmark of the industry and have earned their position as the mill of choice in world class kitchens.
It's All About the Mechanism
The primary difference between Peugeot and all other brands are the spice-specific mechanisms. Peugeot has 7 unique spice specific mechanisms for pepper, salt, herbs and spices, coffee, wet salt, chili peppers and nutmeg. For each spice, there is one - and only one - Peugeot grinding mechanism, each made of the ideal design and constructed from the best material available for its intended use. All Peugeot mechanisms are made in France and carry a lifetime limited warranty.
Peugeot's Pepper Grinding Mechanism is a two stage burr-style system. During production, the helix-shaped grooves and grinding teeth of the pepper mechanism are individually cut before the steel is case hardened to make it virtually indestructible. The mechanism is then given a proprietary treatment to provide additional protection against corrosion. During use, the helix- shaped grooves guide whole peppercorns through the mechanism to crack, then grind to a consistent size by a double row of teeth. This process releases the pepper's essential oils, resulting in more flavor and aroma for your dish. This patented mechanism is found on every Peugeot Pepper mill and is widely considered the best pepper mechanism available
Peugeot's Salt Crushing Mechanism features two ribbed plates which work to fracture and crush coarse, dry sea salt to a consistent size. The salt grinding mechanism is made of corrosion resistant Stainless Steel, and is found on every Peugeot Salt Mill.
Peugeot's Spice Mechanism is made of ceramic, and is specially designed to grind dried spices and flat leafy herbs to release their essential oils. It is particularly effective with dried aromatic herbs such as thyme, parsley, basil, oregano, and herbs de Provence, as well as dried seeds such as cumin.
Peugeot's Chili Pepper Mechanism is made of case hardened steel for optimal hardness and resilience. This patented mechanism features a pre-cutting system and dual chamber reservoir. For use with dry, hot chilis such as birds tongue, African devils and Piri Piri.
The Nutmeg Shaving Mechanism is made of treated stainless steel which is corrosion resistant, and offers superior edge retention. The Peugeot nutmeg shaver is equipped with a double stainless steel grater blade and a strong claw which enables the whole nutmeg to be very finely shaved, while keeping fingers safe. Intended for use with whole nutmeg nuts.
Peugeot's Wet Salt mechanism has been specially designed for wet sea salt: a spiral guides the salt, ensuring that it does not stick together. The mechanism is made of ceramic because wet salt crystals are soft (wear is not an issue) but corrosive. Intended for use with damp sea salts such as Sel de Guerande.
The Coffee Grinding Mechanism found in all Peugeot coffee mills is the foundation of Peugeot's grinding legacy. The case-hardened steel mechanism efficiently cracks and grinds coffee beans to the desired consistency:from espresso fine to coffee- press coarse.
Peugeot Manual Mills
For best results, hold mill and turn mill top in a clockwise direction only
To adjust the Grind on manual mills not equipped with u'Select, turn the adjustment nut located on the top of the mill.
- clockwise to obtain a finer grind
- counter-clockwise to obtain a coarser grind
Peugeot Electric Mill
Electric mills permit single-handed use, leaving you free to cook at the same time. Just press the button to start grinding.
Classic Electric Pepper Mills
To adjust the grind on an electric mill, turn the thumbwheel grind adjustment (found below the grinding mechanism on electric mills that are not equipped with the u'Select system). - Clockwise to obtain a finer grind, - Counter-clockwise to obtain a coarser grind.
Classic Electric Salt Mills
Classic Electric Salt Mills (not fitted with the u'Select grind adjustment system) are pre-set to medium and cannot be adjusted.
Top Customer Reviews
+ Stores extra nutmeg nuts
+ Free rotating turning knob
+ Pretty straight forward to load
+ Comfortable in hand to hold
= Not great for large volume of ground nutmeg, but will work.
- Grind is not fine.
- Turning knob is small
The grind is not that fine which is ok in pies and cooked recipes. For coffee or eggnog, you should find something with a finer grind. Grinds standard sized nutmeg. Larger ones don't fit. Not a real issue. If you need teaspoons of fresh ground nutmeg for pies, the handle is small, and useful for a few turns for drinks, but for volume you want a more substantial knob. I wouldn't recommend this grinder for this use.
I just want to write a counter-review to the one star review posted [see clear acrylic version] that has been voted as helpful. Though I agree this grater has some faults, it does not merit a one star review in any way.
In two years of using the walnut wood colored version of this grater (there are many color option for the bottom half of the grater), I have found 3 minor faults:
1) Incomplete shaving - After shaving halfway thru a nutmeg, you will need to open the shaver and flip the nut over (rounded side down) in order to shave the other half down. Even then, after you finish the second "half" you will be left with a wafer of nutmeg about 3/32" thick that it will no longer shave. On the other hand, if you were to grate by hand you will also end up with an unusable piece unless you're very fastidious and careful. (Also, if you do it by hand, you will likely be grating not shaving - maybe a small distinction, but important to some people) Either way, I don't really count this as a fault. I just toss the little wafer in the compost and move on without regret. It's still much easier to use than a hand grater.
2) The opening and closing of the shaver is actually simple and easy in itself. Unless, you want to keep nuts in the clear dome portion for visual impact. Then, it becomes a balancing act of keeping the bottom half level while you compress and twist the top half down. This is because there is only a very small lip on the bottom half keeping the nuts from rolling out before putting the two halves together. But seriously people, it's NOT that hard to do. Put the bottom half on the counter, load your nut in the middle, load the "ornamental" nuts around the perimeter, then, push the top half down and twist 1/10 of a turn. If that's too hard, just store the ornamental nuts somewhere else. Does not warrant a 1 star review of "useless"!
3) No one else has mentioned this but the screw on top that holds the twisting lever kept loosening on mine. I merely applied a little thread lock compound to the screw (a year ago) and have never had a problem since.
The actual shaving mechanism (and this IS a shaver, NOT a grater) is unquestionably good. Very fine shavings come off releasing a delicious amount of aroma adding flavor without encountering distractingly coarse chunks. You can evaluate the appearance yourself from the picture, but as far as these things go, I think the appearance is exceptional no matter what color you choose. Four stars, minus one star for three minor faults.
UPDATE: 12/26/09: bought some new nutmegs and received a couple really large nuts that did not fit in the ornamental dome casing. They DID fit in the hole where the shaving action takes place but not in the storage area dome. Another fault to this device but I still think it is a four star product.
Comes packed with the actual nuts pictured, and the fit is pretty tight with 5-6 of them in there. Replacement nuts from a local source might not fit "exactly" inside the acrylic cover, just fyi.
The grind is between fine and medium, and is only slightly adjustable depending on how much you tighten the mechanism (too loose, though, and it won't grip the nut strongly enough to work). The mechanism is nearly identical to the copy-cat version by William (WM) Bounds (see nut grinder) which also sells here for about 40% less. That one is poorer mechanically (I own both), and produces much larger shavings.
Speaking of the mechanism, it isn't perfect, and sometimes a little creative positioning of the nut may be required to get it "seated" securely to the hooked shaft to get it going. Although I have to admit to getting that nostalgic, holiday feeling when turning the grinder, I've had even better, more consistent results using a micro-plane for nuts (the small, narrow version).
This version is chrome. There is also a wood based version, though not sure if Amazon still sells it.
I do use this quite often and like its simplicity and style, though it was a bit of an extravagance.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I appreciated that it came with Nutmeg beans, but every time you open it to refill or have to readjust the bean cause it doesn't sit...Read more