Alton Brown Demonstrates How To Soup-Up An Ordinary Pepper Grinder Using A Cordless Drill

Ever on the lookout to improve upon the culinary mundane, celebrity chef Alton Brown demonstrates how to soup-up an ordinary pepper grinder with a multi-speed cordless drill for his Cook Smart video series.

Oh, and about one-handed electric mills: You know, this is a good concept, but I have never seen it executed properly. Of course, I’ve been working on a little something of my own . . .

For the Pepper Drill you will need:
pepper grinder with a removable top
whole peppercorns
35 mm film canister
box cutter or utility knife
multi-speed cordless drill

Remove the top from the grinder, fill with peppercorns. Measure the axel of the pepper grinder. Remove the lid from the film canister – set aside. Use the utility knife to cut off the bottom third of the film canister. Remove a small round from the top of the film canister and replace the lid on the canister. Place the film canister over the pepper mill axel. Insert the grind axel into the drill as you would a drill bit. Make sure the grinder is secure before turning the power to high and enjoy the power that is the Pepper Drill.

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

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