Long-term test notes We’ve used the Peugeot Paris U’Select Pepper Mill regularly in our test kitchen for the past several years, and we’ve had no issues. The downside is that it is far too expensive compared to similar models with better features. Chocolate fondue fountains (and mini-chocolate fountains) are really easy to use, but you’ll definitely want to use our delicious no oil needed, Belgian style Chocoley Just Melt It! Fountain & Fondue Chocolate. 1. Start with the base, which has a bowl sitting on top. The Chef Specialties 10” Imperial Walnut Pepper Mill looks a lot like the Peugeot, but it’s not in the same league. It uses a stainless steel grind mechanism and its grinds were inconsistent across all levels. Instead of fiddling with a hard-to-predict screw at the top, you can twist a discreet dial on the bottom of the body to lock in one of six precise fineness settings.
Turn on the Heating Element and let the fountain warm up for about 15 minutes before adding chocolate. While it’s the shortest pepper mill we tested, it’s still a comfortable height and weight and remains stable on the table. Its carbon steel grind mechanism produces a consistent grind, though not quite as fine as the Peugeot and the Fletchers’ Mill. You might be better off purchasing pre-ground pepper for recipes that call for larger quantities. We found the simple stainless steel cover to be attractive enough for table use but a bit slippery when working with messy hands in the kitchen. The end of the Auger with a notch or slit is the bottom. And if that easy-to-lose gold top nut falls and rolls under your stove, you’ll probably be very unhappy.
How we picked and tested For our 2016 update, we tested six pepper mills against our four previous picks. Budget pick If you want a more affordable pepper mill and don’t mind a smaller size, we recommend the Trudeau Seville Pepper Mill. Next slide the next largest Tier over the Auger Tube into position, etc. The Fletchers’ Mill lacks a preset dial, so you have to learn how far to screw the top nut in order to produce the desired coarseness. Like many of the pepper mills we tested, the opening for filling the grinder isn’t particularly wide.