Reuse a "disposable" Spice Mill





Introduction: Reuse a "disposable" Spice Mill

I've developed a taste for fresh ground pepper, but as someone on a low salary I don't want to buy an expensive pepper mill. Some spice companies sell peppercorns, sea salt grains, and dried spices etc. in neat little grinders, but you're not supposed to be able to refill them, which is a bit silly since you can buy bulk spices much cheaper from most supermarkets.

Step 1: Oops

My first attempt at getting the plastic grinder top off the glass container went badly. I tried to use a spoon to pry it off, wedging the end of the spoon into the lid and banging it on the table. It made some cracking noises, which I thought was glue. It turned out that I'd broken the rim of the glass bottle off.

Step 2: Soften the Plastic

Later when I had another empty pepper grinder, I decided to soften the plastic before prying it off more gently. I set my oven at 250F and put the grinder inside for about 10 minutes.

The room smelt like pepper =)

Step 3: Remove Lid and Refill

Pry off the top gently. REMEMBER: hot glass doesn't look hot!. Use a potholder.

Refill with peppercorns or whatever other spice you like. I don't know if maybe some others might be too hard for the plastic grinding surfaces to handle. You may have to experiment. Also, if you look at the size of the teeth (on the underside of the top) it can't handle very big objects.

Step 4: Replace the Top

Bang it lightly with your fist until it clicks. Enjoy fresh ground pepper.



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    All it took was some hot water from the sink... Granted, my apartment has some HOT water, but all it took was just a few seconds of heating, once the water was at full hotness.

    Kinda a dumb question, but can you put rice in there and use it to make flour?

    Probably not because hand-cranked pepper mills usually spit out little chunks, not fine powder. You'd be better off using a blender. Any reason you can't find rice flour for sale?

    about that rice flour, as you said earlier xeno...

    "totally depends on which part of the world you live in, which shop you buy your groceries at, and which brand you're looking at."

    mos' o the "grocery" stores in the food deserts of this DisUnited States, are little more than repositories of toxic junk. something healthy, and non-gluten, like rice flour is beyond the scope of human comprehension for some of this store managers. blessing's to the food hackers, diyers and healthy thinkers out there.

    I can, but me and my ex are starting a farmers market booth that sells baked goods, and I thought It'd be better if it was more 'hand made'. Plus from what I hear rice flour isn't as cheap as rice.

    Yeah you DEFINITELY need a bigger mill if you're going to want enough stuff to make bread, and one that can grind finer. Try Googling "hand mill flour" or something.

    Haha okay. But I have to make the mill, because since I'm not allowed to get a job yet. I'm looking around though.

    Thanks so much for this hack! I looked up the grinder after it was empty to figure out how to refill just to find it was designed to NOT be refillable! I was mad that the marketing tricked me into thinking I was buying something environmentally friendly but in reality it's worse than my regular shaker! Shame on Morton! Then I found your page and by softening the plastic, which I wouldn't have thought of, it worked like a charm! I had already bought the course grind salt by Morton which is right next to it on the grocery shelf, again tricking me into thinking it was refillable, so I was very happy! I'll be doing the same for the pepper! Yay


    I have the Morton Pepper mill shown in your picture. Did you refill the one shown above?

    I did the salt grinder first because it emptied faster but the pepper one is the same