Skeppshult Cast-Iron Spice Mill
I found this small cast-iron spice mill on a German website a couple of years ago and find that it is perfect for small grinding jobs — spices, not garlic or herbs. The gritty texture of Skeppshult's hand-held product makes it easier to coarsely grind spices and is designed so ingredients stay in a concentrated area for efficient crushing. The softly radiused iron base fits the hand well, and the walnut-wood top provides a better grip and looks beautiful. You can store spices such as peppercorns in the top of this gizmo, but I leave mine in their jars and grind them as needed. You will get a slightly coarser grind than with an electric mill, but I prefer coarser to finer in my cooking. Weighing just over two pounds, it feels great, looks great and is a pleasure to use.
- Dimensions: Standard: Diameter: 3 inches | Depth: 3.2 inches || Mini: Diameter 2.3 inches | Depth: 2.25 inches
- Materials: Cast iron seasoned with bean oil, beech walnut lid
- Use: Dry spices only. Moist spices and salt can corrode grinding surfaces.
- Care: Clean with brush and keep grinder dry at all times.
- Place of Origin: Sweden
Skeppshult Cast-Iron Spice Kryddkvarn "Crush" Grinder
This gorgeous cast-iron, handmade grinder from Swedish company Skeppshult is a new take on a classic we’ve carried for years. Its large teeth do a terrific job of breaking down dried herbs and are ideal for hard whole spices like cinnamon sticks, star anise or cardamom; the wide gaps between the teeth are also easier for containing the ingredients. Skeppshult's clever labyrinthine pattern does half the work for you, especially since the weighty cast iron breaks apart big pieces just by placing the twist top on the device. We also like the grinder’s gently radiused design and solid heft. One caveat: The grinder should only be used with dry ingredients; otherwise the “teeth” can develop surface oxidation.
- Weight: 4 pounds
- Dimensions: Diameter: 4 inches | Height: 2 inches
- Materials: Cast iron. Exterior treated with black lacquer to avoid staining and seasoned with canola oil.
- Use: Dry ingredients only.
- Care: Grind coarse salt or rice to clean.
- Place of Origin: Sweden
Oigen Cast-Iron Trivet
Here at Milk Street, our favorite cookware items often double as serving dishes, but hot pans need sturdy trivets to protect tabletops. Traditionally used for cast-iron teapots, Oigen's beautiful trivet is fitted with rubber feet so it won't scratch surfaces or move around while in use. We love the elegant look of this trivet, which combines the rawness of cast iron with a delicate pattern. Solidly forged in Japan from cast iron and subtly detailed, they are as attractive as they are functional. Use solo, or group small and large trivets together.
- Weight: 8.75 ounces
- Dimensions: Diameter: 5.5 inches
- Materials: Cast iron (75% recycled)