The Rise of The Pepper Grinder/Mill

There is evidence that the pepper corn has been in use for at least 4,000 years, possibly longer, as a condiment or seasoning agent in cuisine and as a medicine. Once it was referred to as black gold. For centuries it was offered as currency. Its ubiquity in modern life belies the fact that in our recent history it was a scarce and much prized trade item, enjoyed by the wealthy and an aspirational item for the less fortunate. Its value soared in Europe as warring, banditry and anarchy afflicted its overland trade routes, from southern India , which had existed since before the rise of Rome. Bartolomeu Diaz’s rounding of the Cape in 1488 opened up the spice trade and the wooden ships had greater carrying capacity than four legged caravans. The return journey around the tip of Africa of roughly 17,000 kilometers by sea was very dangerous and could take years. The result was that pepper was a rarity which sold for extremely high prices.

A pepper mill or grinder is one of the 19,000 artefacts recovered from HMS Mary Rose, Henry the VIII’s flagship which was sunk by a French cannonball during the Battle of the Solent. It was discovered after 437 years submerged in the English Channel when the ship was raised in 1982. Almost intact, only the metal grinding plates had rusted away. Fashioned from very hard Ash wood it still contained pepper corns and, miraculously, scientists could smell their characteristic aroma when it was opened up. Consisting of three parts, the ground pepper fell into a collecting cup which comprised the bottom part of the grinder. In Tudor times (1485 – 1603) it was a premium item and was found in a chest belonging to an officer.

Discerning users have always known that pepper is much more flavorful and intense when freshly ground. Like coffee, pepper corns begin to lose these important characteristics soon after having been milled. Within three months it shows a very marked difference in quality. Consider the implications of that when purchasing pepper from a store. It may have been packed on the shelf in the past weeks, and chances are the pepper corns used were ground and packed several months ago. The pepper you sprinkle onto your food has therefore likely degraded for an extended period.

During more than twenty years Global Grinders PTY Ltd, has brought aesthetically and functionally superior grinders, of the highest quality specifications into markets around the world.

The Classic Grinder (pictured below), whose appearance is designed to enhance the dining experience in the home and on restaurant tables, is one such example. The Classic grinder effortlessly grinds pepper corns and all forms of salt and is one of the more than 22 grinders in Global Grinders’ extensive range.

Today, pepper and salt grinders are affordable and available to all (unlike in Henry the VIII’s era).

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Are Your Wholesale Spice Grinders Sustainable?

If you are starting or running a spice business, you may be starting to think about how you can ensure that your wholesale spice grinders meet sustainability guidelines. You might be aiming to increase your green credentials or simply try and avoid waste. Whatever the case, the first step in producing an environmentally-friendly product is to choose manufacturers that are able to meet your sustainability goals. The bottles and grinders you use to store your spices and herbs are every bit as important as the products themselves. If you are choosing poor quality, single-use plastics or other harmful materials for your grinders and bottles, you will not be able to reduce your impact in any way.

In this short guide, we share some of the things that you can look for to ensure that your wholesale spice grinders live up to your sustainability goals.

How to Choose Sustainable Wholesale Spice Grinders

Whether your business is actively working at lowering your carbon footprint or you are simply searching for a supplier who shares your passion for sustainability, there are a number of criteria that need to be considered. Some of the things to look for when sourcing wholesale spice grinders include the following:

Eco-friendly bottles.

The bottles that you choose should be made from material that is environmentally-friendly. The most sustainable choices for spice bottles include glass and PET plastic. Glass can be reused almost endlessly, while PET is also recyclable and highly sustainable. These bottles can be recovered and recycled over and over, turned back into containers for foods, beverages, body products, carpet and clothing fibres, automotive parts, construction materials, industrial strapping, and even other types of packaging. Unlike other types of plastic, which are made to be used once and then thrown away, PET is a far more sustainable choice.

Recyclable grinders.

Choosing a supplier that offers recyclable grinder tops and closures is also essential. Look for trusted, certified manufacturers who are committed to sustainable production. Always make sure that the entire grinder – bottle and top – can be recycled and avoid any grinder sets that can not be reused or recycled in some way or another. It may be tempting to go with the cheapest option, but, if the grinders are fully disposable, they will not be sustainable, which will affect your efforts at reducing your ecological footprint.

Minimal packaging.

Another thing to look for is a manufacturer that does not go overboard with packaging. It may not seem like a very big concern but, over time, excessive packaging can very quickly begin to have an impact on the earth. Reduced packaging will help you continue to meet your sustainability goals, keeping your order secure without excessive waste. You can take this even further by keeping your own packaging to a minimum as well, to continue keeping your footprint as low as possible.

Keep these guidelines in mind, choose your wholesale spice grinders supplier wisely and you will be able to meet your goals at becoming a company that is committed to the environment.

How to Clean and Reuse Glass Spice Grinders

One of the top reasons to invest in quality spice grinders is that you can reuse them again and again. Glass bottles will last for many years if they are properly cleaned between uses. You don’t need any expensive ingredients or complicated equipment, either. In addition to storing your favourite whole spices, you can also use your grinders for other purposes once the bottles are cleaned and dried.

In this short guide, we’ll take a look at how you can clean and reuse spice grinders so that they last as long as possible.

Repurposing Your Old Glass Spice Grinders

Before we begin, it is important to note that while glass grinder bottles will last a long time, plastic bottles may not last as long. These can be reused for a while, but as plastic absorbed odours and is more subject to wear and tear; they likely won’t be the best choice for long-term repurposing. You can however clean and recycle your old plastic bottles. Flip tops and grinder lids may also need to be replaced if you are reusing your grinder bottles for spices. The good news is that you can buy separate lids and closers from a spice grinder supplier such as Global Grinders.

Some tips for cleaning and reusing your bottles include the following:

  • Soak thoroughly in hot water. For a simple yet effective natural solution, mix a little bit of dish soap with some bicarbonate of soda and a bit of white vinegar. This mixture will clean and remove odours. You will find it easier to remove labels on glass after a good soak as well. Leave in this soapy mixture for a few hours, or even overnight. Afterwards, you can wash as normal in the sink.
  • Dry completely before using the bottle. Set the bottles on a kitchen towel or cloth or on a draining board. Allow to air-dry completely before reusing the bottles. Trapped moisture can result in spoilage if you plan to use the bottles for new spices. Moisture can also cause salt to crystallise or sweat. Leave for a good few hours in a ventilated space so that the bottles have enough time to dry on the inside.
  • Don’t forget to clean the lids and grinder tops as well. These can be soaked along with your bottles and then left to dry. When drying the flip top lids, leave these open so that air can travel through the top without any moisture being trapped in the top’s hinges or lid. Keep the plastic away from direct sunlight, to preserve the life of the closures.
  • Once bottles are clean and dry, add your spices. Try your favourite salt varieties, pink or black peppercorns, coriander seeds, dried herbs, cardamom or any other spice that you enjoy. Visit your local spice market and buy your spices fresh. These are often better quality than pre-packaged spices you will find at a supermarket, and often have more flavour.
  • Or, reuse for non-spicy things. In addition to spice, there are many other non-spice things you can grind in a grinder. Sugar, Dorito’s, roasted sunflower or sesame seeds, Cornflakes poppy seeds, flaxseed, rice and even dried insects, if you are so inclined. Who says you have to limit your grinder to spices, after all?

Whatever you plan to do with your spice grinders once they’re clean and dried, remember that you can find a huge range of bottles, grinders and lids right here at Global Grinders.

5 Healthy Reasons to Use Your Pepper Grinder Daily

A good pepper grinder is a must-have for any kitchen. While most people use freshly ground pepper to add taste to their food, you might be surprised that pepper has a number of health benefits that make it an essential addition to your meals.

Freshly ground whole spices are a simple way to flavour food without the need for artificial flavourings, sugar and high levels of sodium. They can also add a great deal of complexity to a variety of dishes – both sweet and savoury. Pepper is one such spice that is used all over the world in many different dishes. Pre-ground pepper comes in black and white varieties, and whole peppercorns come in black, white and green (or pink, which is similar to green in its lighter strength). While ground pepper tastes good, it is the whole peppercorns that offer the most benefits from a health perspective.

Why Should You Use Your Pepper Mill Grinder Every Day?

If you are not already grinding your own fresh pepper in a pepper mill grinder, now is a great time to invest in a good grinder. There are many health benefits offered by this aromatic spice, including the following:

  1. Potential cancer prevention properties. Studies done at the University of Michagan Cancer Center in the United States showed that a chemical compound found in peppercorns known as piperine may be able to prevent the formation of breast cancer tumours. These studies are on-going, but research to date indicates that this spice’s ability to fight cancer are increased when paired with turmeric – another powerful spice.
  2.  Cold-fighting properties. A natural decongestant, pepper contains chemicals that cause runny noses, which happens when its chemical compounds irritate the mucus membranes. This means that it is effective in clearing blocked noses and stuffy nasal passages. Dr Neil Schachter from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, and the author of The Good Doctor’s Guide to Colds and Flu advises using a dash of freshly ground pepper in comforting chicken soup when trying to clear a cold.
  3.  Digestion aid properties. Pepper boosts the hydrochloric acid secretion within the stomach, which helps to aid digestion. This in turn prevents tummy bugs, constipation and colic. This spice is also able to prevent intestinal gas, and promote sweating and urination, which helps clear toxins. As it is carminative, forcing gas out from the body downwards instead of upwards where it strains organs and the chest cavity, it also helps gas to be expels more easily and naturally.
  4.  Antibacterial properties. Pepper helps the body to ward off infections and even insect bites. It also helps to clean arteries by scraping excess cholesterol from the arterial walls; thereby aiding heart health. It can even be applied topically to the skin to help remove impurities. Just be sure to use with caution however – some people may have a skin reaction to pepper.
  5.  Antioxidant properties. Pepper is considered a powerful antioxidant, and is able to fight free radical damage that has links to cancer, heart and liver problems. Antioxidants can protect the body and skin from many different health issues, as well as the effects of aging.

Add pepper to your diet, and reap the many rewards that this power spice has to offer. Remember – buying your spices whole and grinding them in good quality spice grinders or pepper mills is the best way to get the full benefit that whole spices have to offer.