What’s the Best Way to Grind Pink Peppercorns?

updated May 2, 2019
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Q: I recently purchased pink peppercorns and the flavor is delicious! I tried grinding them in a pepper mill, but since they’re much softer than black peppercorns, they aren’t dense enough to push through the grinding mechanism. Does anyone know of a pepper mill that will grind pink peppercorns only?

I’d prefer a grinder that is clear — the pink peppercorns will look beautiful next to my pink Himalayan sea salt!

Sent by Arielle

Editor: Arielle, because pink peppercorns are so soft and have papery skins, they easily clog pepper grinding mechanisms. They are better off ground alone in a spice mill, with a mortar and pestle, or mixed with other types of pepper, which help push them through the grinder.

Since you want to enjoy them alone, how about displaying them next to your pink Himalayan salt in a pretty glass jar instead? Here’s a good-looking one with a cork stopper:

Octagonal Cork Top Spice Jar, $4.95 at Market Spice

Readers, do you have any ideas for storing and grinding pink peppercorns?

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