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Christopher Kimball for Kuhn Rikon Ratchet Grinder


Most pepper mills (this model also grinds spices) take forever to grind just one tablespoon. This new design—which we developed with Kuhn Rikon—is easy to use and produces all the spice you can use quickly and easily. Its innovative back-and-forth ratchet action is easier than a twist-style mill, especially for those with hand issues. The precision ceramic grinder is effective and durable, and the front-loading hopper is far easier than top-loading grinders, where half the spices inevitably spill during filling. Perhaps our favorite feature is the removable bottom container, which makes it easy to measure and transport spices to a stovetop pot or mixing bowl.

We often make small batches of spice blends to enhance our cooking through the week. Try our Baharat Blend, a Middle Eastern seasoning for meats and vegetables: Stir together 1½ tablespoons each ground black pepper, toasted ground coriander and toasted ground cumin, 1 tablespoon each ground cinnamon and ground cardamom, and ½ teaspoon each cayenne pepper and kosher salt.

Or make Berbere from Ethiopia, which is great as a final dusting for stews. It also works well with savory-sweet tomatoes, such as in a simple sauté of diced tomatoes and garlic to accompany roasted meat. Or mix with lime juice and extra-virgin olive oil for a dressing that is especially good on a chickpea, radish and red onion salad: In a small skillet over medium-low, toast 1 tablespoon smoked paprika, 1 teaspoon each ground coriander and ground ginger, ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper and ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom, stirring constantly, for 1 to 2 minutes. Off heat, stir in ½ teaspoon kosher salt.

  • Net Weight: 8 ounces
  • Dimensions: Length: 8.5 inches
  • Materials: BPA-free plastic
  • Care: To clean, grind coarse salt to remove residue and any spice flavors