I am a pepper girl. I come from a pepper family. We all love our pepper. Even my husband, who used to freak out if I peppered anything when I cooked it for him, has transitioned into a pepper man. But I don’t just like pepper, I like coarse grain, fresh ground pepper.
I am also a thrifty girl. I come from a thrifty family. Well at least from one side of the family. And we’re talking extremely thrifty.
So imagine the internal dilemma I faced when I realize my little McCormick pepper grinder that I picked up on sale for $1 is intended for one use only by the manufacturer. Urgh! NO! I twisted, turned and pulled the top, to no avail. I admit, I didn’t put too much thought or time into it, since there was still pepper in it. But as I continue to cook, and continue to pepper, I watch the pepper corn level drop…lower and lower…until today I couldn’t take it any more. I needed to refill the darn thing and I was going to do it, there must be a way.
Off to Google I go. The first thing I find is a YouTube video with a guy drilling a hole in the center of the grinder part, filling it, then inserting a wire nut in the hole to plug it. Seriously? I can just see that wire nut falling out in my soup while I’m seasoning it.
Next I find a YouTube video of a big guy, posted from a cell phone, he’s using foul language, making fun of the guy that drilled the hole in the grinder and is demonstrating the “real way” to get the thing open. He literally just pulled it off. Looked simple. But I already tried that. I’m about half the size of that guy and my husband, Mr. Muscles, is at work and I want this thing refilled now! I can’t take it any more.
I stop and try to revert to my engineering knowledge. This plastic top is press fitted over a glass container. The lightbulb went off.
To the sink I went, turned on the hot water, and placed the plastic top under the water for a few seconds, removed it from the stream, twisted and pulled…and guess what?!…the top pulled right off!!
I refilled it, then aligned the lid on top of the container and gave a firm push with the palm of my hand to reseal it. Snap. I was back in business.
I have to say, I do get excited over the simplest things sometimes. Now I can’t wait to pick up a few more when they are on sale and refill them with other goodies like different salts and spices. I especially like these because they are glass meaning no bad plastic chemicals and they are heat resistant for keeping near the stove (maybe I have melted a spice container…or two before).
So in summary:
- Turn on hot tap water
- Put grinder under hot water for 10-30 seconds focusing the stream on the area where the plastic top meets the glass bottom
- Remove from water and pull
- You will likely end up getting water into the container, so be sure to do this when the container is empty or near empty.
- You will also want to pull it apart over the sink or garbage can since some pepper will likely fall out.