Saved me so much money. I don't know if maybe some others might be too hard for the plastic grinding surfaces to handle. Reply 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. 2 months ago, Good for you writing the company! 7 years ago Gosh, it's been 4 years!

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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.

Some spice companies sell peppercorns, sea salt grains, and dried spices etc.

Share it with us! Haha okay. What a great article, thanks!

my problem is the grinders with the peppercorns are actually *cheaper* than just the peppercorns in a bottle.

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.

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. I heated grinder container in microwave for about a minute, then held container in left hand using pot holder, then using my right hand, pried lid off with the tip of potato peeler as suggested below. blessing's to the food hackers, diyers and healthy thinkers out there.

Bang it lightly with your fist until it clicks. About: Virologist, Dremel owner, hardcore bike commuter. Here's how to refill those throwaway salt & pepper grinders. Kinda a dumb question, but can you put rice in there and use it to make flour? Plus from what I hear rice flour isn't as cheap as rice. Its like they were punishing you for actually buying a real peppermill.

I love the peppercorn medley but don't like that the bottle isn't refillable. 3 years ago. 2 years ago Avoid problems with a too-small opening with the coffee filter trick. I've been writing the companies who sell the fruits and veggies in cans that don't interlock to stack well and slide off each other on to the floor or on my feet!

on Introduction. on Introduction. Then I found your page and by softening the plastic, which I wouldn't have thought of, it worked like a charm! I went on a Google search to find that this mix isn't exclusive to this brand, However, like you, I found the price of the item in bulk is more expensive. I have the Morton Pepper mill shown in your picture. This worked great!!!

Step 2. Shame on Morton! 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. Refill with peppercorns or whatever other spice you like.

Later when I had another empty pepper grinder, I decided to soften the plastic before prying it off more gently. If it doesn't work for you, feel free to ignore this. Pry off the top gently.

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'.

Reply (Who cares, it's fixed, right? My first attempt at getting the plastic grinder top off the glass container went badly. Probably not because hand-cranked pepper mills usually spit out little chunks, not fine powder. It turned out that I'd broken the rim of the glass bottle off. 5 years ago

on Introduction. 5 years ago No risk of oven fire! 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! How to Fill Pepper & Salt Mills Step 1. 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. Also, if you look at the size of the teeth (on the underside of the top) it can't handle very big objects. Pricing 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.At the time and place when I wrote this, this was the most economical option for me to get fresh ground pepper, and it seems to have been useful for a few other people too. Thanks for the tip and instructions. Try Googling "hand mill flour" or something. The easiest way to remove the top is to use a hair dryer with the skinny end around the rim for 30-40 seconds to heat it up. Thanks! Step 3. Use a potholder. "mos' o the "grocery" stores in the food deserts of this DisUnited States, are little more than repositories of toxic junk. REMEMBER: hot glass doesn't look hot!.

Grab the top with a towel for grip and VOILA it comes off easy. It made some cracking noises, which I thought was glue. I set my oven at 250F and put the grinder inside for about 10 minutes.The room smelt like pepper =). Think I got 2 companies to change or maybe it was a coincidence. Did you refill the one shown above? Perfect way, thanks :)900w microwave at 45 seconds, held container using towel, slight pull twist to lid and came straight off and in perfect condition.

I just mentioned it because I had one I was able to take the lid off, but when I got to the store, I was frustrated that the ones with the lid were cheaper than the ones without.

But I have to make the mill, because since I'm not allowed to get a job yet. And, let's grind away! Same brand and everything. on Introduction. 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! ), Reply I'm looking around though.

How to Refill McCormick Disposable Salt and Pepper Grinders Great tips here! on Introduction. Yay. Some spice companies sell peppercorns, sea salt grains, and dried spices etc. It's wasteful to keep throwing thing in the landfill or recycle bins. Any reason you can't find rice flour for sale? I'll be doing the same for the pepper! I reused a store bought McCormicks grinder and filled it with Rosemary. Thanks so much for this hack! I've been saving my empty spice containers for reusing and wondered where this tip was? The tops are pressed on permanently but my video shows how to defeat them. Yeah you DEFINITELY need a bigger mill if you're going to want enough stuff to make bread, and one that can grind finer. You'd be better off using a blender. You may have to experiment. something healthy, and non-gluten, like rice flour is beyond the scope of human comprehension for some of this store managers. 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! Ha! I love that this grinder has 3 settings and is easy to use, so I wrote the company asking them to change their ways. Enjoy fresh ground pepper. 7 years ago Worked perfectly! No trip to Trader Joe's, no buying anything, just a minute (literally, no more than one minute) and the container to re-use! Did you make this project?